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Old 20. Nov 2014, 04:23 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Hello Bo,

Good to hear from you after a long time

Thank you, for the comprehensive replies. They are very helpful because my main concerns always are Privacy and security. I have not watched a video on line for ages, not even u-tube. Even Microsoft videos are not really of much use if you are literate! The written instructions and steps are easy to follow.

What do you think of keeping the Flash Plugin and Silver Light Disabled and use it when needed (with a trusted website only).

What is Adobe Acrobat used for?

Is there a tutorial in this forum where Active X is explained. I am quite ignorant about this.

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Old 20. Nov 2014, 05:51 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Hello Bo,

Good to hear from you after a long time
Same here, Melita.
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What do you think of keeping the Flash Plugin and Silver Light Disabled and use it when needed (with a trusted website only).

What is Adobe Acrobat used for?

Is there a tutorial in this forum where Active X is explained. I am quite ignorant about this.
Keeping Flash and Silverlight disabled in Firefox and only enabling them when there is a need, its a good practice but I think it would be good for you to do the following test. Go for a few days without installing Flash or Silverlight.....and see what happens. Since you don't watch videos on line, I doubt you ll have any use for either of those plugins. And if you do, Firefox will prompt you about it and you ll know. You ll get a prompt, like in the picture. If you go a few weeks and dont get any prompt for something important, then having the plugins its not something that you need to do. Thats what I would do.

Adobe Acrobat, its one of Adobes programs for PDF. I use Foxit for PDF. If you have more than one program in your computer for PDF viewing, it would be a good idea to only keep one in your PC. Open a PDF and see which program opens it up.

About the tutorials, I think Kendall or Anupam can guide you better than I about if a tutorial is available here at the forum. But I tell you, it is a good idea that you learn about plugins and active x.

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Old 20. Nov 2014, 07:29 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Melita, let me add something about plugins. First of all, I am not an expert on anything related to security. But when I started learning about this things about 6 years ago, one of the first things that I learned about were plugins, I wanted to know about them because when I opened my Firefox plugin Window, I found about 15 of them in there and I had no idea what they were or how they got there. In fact, I thought they all came with Firefox.

But guess what, none came with Firefox. By the time I was over with the plugins, I had come to realize that Flash was the only one that I had any need for. So, the way that I treat plugins is like this. If I require the plugin for something, I ll install the plugin, If I have no use for a plugin, I don't install it. Look at my Firefox plugin window. I have none in W7 and I still can do everything that I normally do in the internet. In this computer, my W7, I require Flash so rarely that what I gotten used to doing when I require the plugin is to temporarily install it in a sandbox. After using the plugin, I delete the sandbox.

You should look at your plugins window and know what its in there. By rule of thumb, if you don't know what something there is, then probably you don't use it.

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Old 21. Nov 2014, 05:19 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Greetings,

Thank you Bo for all this help. I'll go without these and see if I need them. I hope some one will lead me to a page, even on the internet, where I can learn about ActiveX controls.

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Old 21. Nov 2014, 06:55 PM   #25 (permalink)
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Thank you Bo for all this help. I'll go without these and see if I need them. I hope some one will lead me to a page, even on the internet, where I can learn about ActiveX controls.

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Melita, when I got into learning about plugins and active x, I took my time with it. No rush. I ll see if I find something for you to read.

Just imagine, when I put my eye on plugins and active x for the first time ever, I had about 15 of those things installed in my PC, most of them were not updated and I had no use for them at all, except Flash. Melita, all of those programs that for my case use were useless were holes waiting to be exploited by malware. That ancient active x that you had in your computer, in a matter of time, sooner or later, it would have gotten your computer infected.

Melta. One of those plugins that I had was Java. I haven't had Java installed in my PC ever since but read this. At the time, I had more than 10 versions of Java installed in my PC. I had no idea what Java was. As far as I knew, the computer needed Java to work. Wrong. The computer don't need Java to work. So as I read and learned about Java, I got rid of a couple of versions at a time. It took me about a month to get rid of all of them. I remember when I got rid of the last one, I crossed my finger as I rebooted the computer. I thought, maybe the computer might break. But it didn't break. And then I did the test that I recommended you to do.....to go for a few days without plugins, by doing that, you ll find out which plugins if any you require for your every day use of the computer. Those that you require, you install.

I read many people in the internet talk about using common sense when they talk about security but don't really use it. What I wrote in this thread, is using Common sense security at its best.

Every once in a while when I am talking about security, I say That I am not an expert on any of this things but I have become an expert in one thing and one thing only. And that is learning how not to get infected. I cant get infected even if I try. Learning about plugins and not having in the computer plugins that for my case use of the computer are not necessary to have, its very important in myself being malware free.

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Old 22. Nov 2014, 03:52 PM   #26 (permalink)
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Hello Bo,

I am certainly in empathy with your views. All this sounds common sense to me too. I get really mad when someone tries to put something in my computer behind my back. I guess different people react in diferent ways, But my reaction to Adware, Malware etc. is that!

Is there anything you can find me, to read up on Sandbox?

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Old 22. Nov 2014, 04:29 PM   #27 (permalink)
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Anupam wrote a nice introduction and guide to Sandboxie here:

http://www.techsupportalert.com/cont...-sandboxie.htm
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Is there anything you can find me, to read up on Sandbox?
That above, Melita, is a lovely question. My favorite kind of question.

I think Anupams article is a nice introduction to Sandboxie. I feel the same about the videos below, they are pretty good for first time users. Watch them but more importantly, listen to what the guy in the video says. What he says is how it is. But what he does in the videos looks clumsy, that is because he was not familiar with the program when he did the videos. So, don't put much attention to what he does. But listen to them, specially the first two.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GueXMq-Vyi8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IbwhE-r8_k
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4XBbC81bZx4

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Old 22. Nov 2014, 11:59 PM   #29 (permalink)
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Anupam wrote a nice introduction and guide to Sandboxie here:

http://www.techsupportalert.com/cont...-sandboxie.htm
Thank you for this one. This is a wonderful write up by Anupam.

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That above, Melita, is a lovely question. My favorite kind of question.

I think Anupams article is a nice introduction to Sandboxie. I feel the same about the videos below, they are pretty good for first time users. Watch them but more importantly, listen to what the guy in the video says. What he says is how it is. But what he does in the videos looks clumsy, that is because he was not familiar with the program when he did the videos. So, don't put much attention to what he does. But listen to them, specially the first two.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GueXMq-Vyi8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IbwhE-r8_k
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4XBbC81bZx4

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Yes, with Anupam's article and these videos I should get things straightened out pretty well. I'll post back here once I get the hang of it and I am ready to go for it.

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Old 24. Nov 2014, 04:45 PM   #30 (permalink)
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Since the original Question in this thread was about Flash Player, I have started a New thread here "About Internet security and Sandbox"

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