Protecting your PC or Mac

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    The #1 most important thing you can do to protect your computer from malware and malicious actors is to regularly patch everything. 90-95% of Microsoft's and Apple's OS patches are to fix security problems. Having patched software is even more important than having a good anti-virus installed.

    If you're on Windows, have your Windows Updater run and auto-install updates at least once a week, preferably at night so it doesn't interrupt whatever you're doing when you're surfing, paying bills, etc.

    In addition, there is a *free* aftermarket tool called "Secunia PSI" that will send you alerts when other pieces of software (like Chrome, Firefox, Adobe products, etc). Secunia can even be configured to auto-update those things which are not auto-updated by Windows Update.

    There are network scanning tools (I use one called Nexpose) that will tell me which patches a computer is missing. If I were a bad guy, I'd use this info to know precisely how to attack you. Since I'm a good guy, I use it to tell my IT operations people what patches they need to be deploying to our corporate environment, and to prioritize all of this by the comparative risk of a given vulnerability.
     
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    Thanks for the valuable info @sgt_zim! (y)
     
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    You're welcome. It would probably not be a bad idea to make sure that your web host is keeping their servers patched (in particular the server that is hosting africahunting.com ;) ). This site is probably running on a web server service called Apache. Apache is a good web server service, but it can take significant effort to keep it patched and up to date.

    As a frame of reference, the latest breech of Equifax was almost certainly because of a recurring vulnerability in a tool within Apache called Struts.

    Tomcat has a number of the same issues as Apache since it runs on an Apache engine.
     

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    Thanks again and I will contact them.
     
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