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Re: [gNewSense-users] basic questions about gNS

From: Benedikt Ahrens
Subject: Re: [gNewSense-users] basic questions about gNS
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2009 12:44:55 +0100

Just wanted to add:
programs like Chkrootkit and rkhunter are best run from a live CD, of course.

On Thu, Feb 19, 2009 at 12:04 PM, kelly <address@hidden> wrote:
> I know I'm a tad late responding but this is what I do (because I'm
> paranoid about my privacy):
> Bubba cakes wrote:
>> Hi, all,
>> I hope this is the right list...
>> I have some basic questions, and I wonder if this is the place to ask
>> them.
>> I want to know about internet security, how to keep my computer from
>> being infected with viruses, spamware, spyware, adware,
>> whatever-ware...
> I run Chkrootkit and rhunter though I use Chkrootkit more often.
>> Is there a program that I can run to check all my files and drives for
>> security problems?
> I believe that is already built into the system.  Can't remember the
> name of it but it checks, I think, for modified files.
>> What about a firewall?
> I use Firestarter.  The real handy thing about it, other than being
> very easy to use, is you can block (a) ports, (b) block protocols and
> (c) use it for Internet Connection Sharing (ICS).
>> Actually, I don't know what I need.  I'm a construction guy, and need
>> you computer guys to tell me what to do.
>> *I would like to be able to browse the internet without being
>> monitored by anyone.  I would also like to send emails without
>> receiving ten freakin advertisements based on words I just sent to
>> someone.  Is this possible?*
> Encrypt each email. Gnupg works well.  For attachments, try bcrypt or
> ccrypt.  Be aware of Google or any other web based mail service.  Read
> the terms of service/conditions agreement.  You won't believe what
> rights (explicit and implied) you either (a) give up or (b) waive.  It
> is incredible and, in my opinion, morally wrong.
>> Is it possible to use the internet and email (Gmail) without somebody
>> always reading/monitoring my activities?
> Not completely in anyway.  But you can make things harder for the bad
> guys (which includes our not so illustrious government).
> Do simple things first such as (a) turn off cookies, (b) set your
>  browser history to zero and (c) block ads by modifying your "hosts"
> file (/etc/hosts).  Here is an example of blocking
> Cleans up a web page quite nicely.  I like it better than adblock or
> whatever it is called.
> You could set up an ICS system.  That way the ICS box automatically
> blocks *all* not requested incoming signals.  Secondly, only the ICS
> box has a routable (public) IP address, while the machine you actually
> use has a non-routable (private) IP address.  By installing Firestarter
> on the ICS box you can block ports and protocols *before* your machine.
> Plus you can have your own home network.
> If you really want to clean up the signaling then consider isolated
> ground electrical circuits (using thhn stranded wire) in the room where
> the computers are along with metal grounded screening between the wall
> studs and inner wall and/or ceiling (normally drywall).  You would be
> amazed how 'dirty' the air (with electrical signals) actually is within
> a home.
>> Is Gmail email using a proxy server? (I think it is, but don't really
>> know.)
> No idea.
>> HELP!
>> Patrick
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> krp
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