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Re: Broke my computer [Solved]

PostPosted: Tue Feb 11, 2020 12:34 am
by star treker
I used to have Kespersky years back, and the Anti-Virus scanner actually detected a very evil and very difficult to remove virus, back when I was on Windows. It went into a advanced detection and removal mode, it was quite something to see Kespersky going to war with it.

However, later down the line I discovered that Kespersky was a Russian made program. And once the hacks into America began happening, I no longer trusted the app. So I removed it, and never went back! I don't trust anything Russian. Too much corrupted government going on with that man in charge. And its really too bad too. Cause we got a lot of wonderful Russian American's in our country who are lovely people. But they get a bad rap cause of their communist comrades back in mother Russia.

Re: Broke my computer [Solved]

PostPosted: Tue Feb 11, 2020 1:12 am
by Swarfendor437
At one stage my preferred AV was Panda AV - it found a virus, quarantined it but would not delete. Solution - booted into Sabayon Linux, went to the windows folder where quarantined and deleted the varmint! :D

Re: Broke my computer [Solved]

PostPosted: Tue Feb 11, 2020 7:30 pm
by kay-dee
A check on the web and I found I wasn't the only one who had issues with Yandex. Could it be that once they have you signed up, they "temporarily" suspend your account for the express purpose of getting your phone number? The same way Face Book does? I guess they can easily sell a phone number.
Put a big RED FLAG against Yandex (and Face Book). Not worth the hassle. I'll put up with a few ads rather than trade off personal information.
Katie

Re: Broke my computer [Solved]

PostPosted: Tue Feb 11, 2020 7:37 pm
by Aravisian
kay-dee wrote:A check on the web and I found I wasn't the only one who had issues with Yandex. Could it be that once they have you signed up, they "temporarily" suspend your account for the express purpose of getting your phone number? The same way Face Book does? I guess they can easily sell a phone number.
Put a big RED FLAG against Yandex (and Face Book). Not worth the hassle. I'll put up with a few ads rather than trade off personal information.
Katie

KayDee, test out the free Protonmail. It has great features. No ads.
However, it does have a cap on how much you can store under the free version. That said, I have found that cap beneficial as it makes me clean my inbox and stay clutter free. I move image files out of email to cloud or local storage. It trained me in a GOOD way where other free email services spoiled me in a bad way.

Re: Broke my computer [Solved]

PostPosted: Tue Feb 11, 2020 10:14 pm
by star treker
Too many companies on the web want all our information now. Back in the day privacy meant something. Back in the day, people expressed fear over letting other people know their license plate number, or social security number. Now days, we freely give our information away, and even let our phones spy on us, just so we have the convenience of using apps.

You are so right about Yandex and Facebook. I think they are evil companies who only care about money, and they will go to great lengths to get it. Case in point, several years ago Facebook was willing to screw over their own shareholders, and they did! But were their reprocutions? Of course not! Our government rewards dishonest companies.

Now the European union is the only government that is putting down heavy regulations on these internet companies. In the USA, America believes in capitalism at all cost, regardless of who gets hurt in the crossfire, to earn some pieces of paper. Which in modern times its more like digital currency, especially with the oh so illegitimate bitcoin.

The government laughs at the constitution, as it means nothing to them. They won't let anything get in the way of the mighty dollar, and neither will greedy corporations like Facebook and Yandex. I agree, screw them, do not give away your information like that. Nobody has any business with it in the first place! Identity theft also starts with the acquisition of your information, and its a real problem these days!

Re: Broke my computer [Solved]

PostPosted: Thu Feb 13, 2020 9:21 pm
by kay-dee
Thanks for the tip, Aravisian. Protonmail looks pretty good. Reading through their Privacy section, I notice they have a free VPN. That’s interesting. I think Opera browser offers a free VPN as well. I used Opera years ago but dropped it. Don’t remember why, but I had a reason. I’m going to look more closely at Protonmail but first impressions were favorable.
And star treker, YEAH! I’m not sure where we are headed with privacy issues on the internet, but regulations, especially in the US, are like a giant sieve. It’s the Wild West for the unscrupulous. We can do our best to make our machines secure. But privacy???? I’m not so sure. Keep your banking information and passwords on a stick. And watch your accounts closely and be ready to jump if anything suspicious shows up. My savings are all locked into short term GIC’s. Even I would have a tough time releasing my own funds. The interest rates are c*** but my money will always be there.
The internet reminds me of the old telephone ‘party lines’ we had living in the rural countryside where anyone one on the same line could listen in. In those days, privacy meant speaking in a foreign language. A form of encrypting?
Good to hear from you both,
Katie

Re: Broke my computer [Solved]

PostPosted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 12:54 am
by Swarfendor437
On a recent issue of Computer Active this side of the Pond (well few months ago now) Opera is not a safe VPN client. Having discovered a post on here, RiseUp VPN is a clear winner for me. ;) :D

Re: Broke my computer [Solved]

PostPosted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 1:39 am
by Aravisian
kay-dee wrote:Thanks for the tip, Aravisian. Protonmail looks pretty good. Reading through their Privacy section, I notice they have a free VPN. That’s interesting. I think Opera browser offers a free VPN as well. I used Opera years ago but dropped it. Don’t remember why, but I had a reason. I’m going to look more closely at Protonmail but first impressions were favorable.
And star treker, YEAH! I’m not sure where we are headed with privacy issues on the internet, but regulations, especially in the US, are like a giant sieve. It’s the Wild West for the unscrupulous. We can do our best to make our machines secure. But privacy???? I’m not so sure. Keep your banking information and passwords on a stick. And watch your accounts closely and be ready to jump if anything suspicious shows up. My savings are all locked into short term GIC’s. Even I would have a tough time releasing my own funds. The interest rates are c*** but my money will always be there.
The internet reminds me of the old telephone ‘party lines’ we had living in the rural countryside where anyone one on the same line could listen in. In those days, privacy meant speaking in a foreign language. A form of encrypting?
Good to hear from you both,
Katie

You can also (Starwrekker taught me this) theme Protonmail using .css. I have mine looking Very Snazzy.
On the political side- Don't get me started LOL. I am sure we all thoroughly agree on those fronts.

Re: Broke my computer [Solved]

PostPosted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 1:47 pm
by Swarfendor437
Also forgot to mention I also use firewalla - a little hardware box that sits and connected to router. ;) :D