XP Security Tips:
Port Scan: Test your firewall and browser's ability to stand a port scan
1. Browse to www.grc.com,
scroll down and follow the Shields Up.
Read and accept the disclaimer,
once you've done click Proceed
to go to the tests.
2. Check Main Ports: Look for we want to probe your system's ports
scroll down the main page and
choose Common Ports. This will
show which ports are open,
closed or in stealth mode.
3. Extend Test: You will get an overall pass or fall, but the best security
is offered by ports set to
stealth. you can go to test all the service ports
up to number 1055 or individual
What is Phishing?
Things To avoid?
Phishing involves sending a fraudulent email,
Avoid emails with forms in the message body, as it's
from an organization that might have access to
difficult to verify where the data will be sent to.
financial details. The emails asks for
confirmation of an
It helps to avoid HTML email completely or make
account details, often forwarding you to a
make use of the picture blocking feature in the latest
to get details about you.
versions of Microsoft Outlook and Outlook Express.
Internet Explorer 7 Help?
Internet Explorer 7 has a built in phishing filter,
which checks Some sites
provide information and help with such
websites against a database of known fraudulent sites.
sites, ebay provides a tutorial at
co.uk/education/spooftutorial and provides a service
reporting phishing attempts.
If you've received an email from a company that
link, avoid clicking it, instead type the URL into the
bar. this will take you directly to the site instead of
the going Internet
Explorer, select Tools > Internet Options >
to the phishing email it intended to direct you to.
Privacy tab. Then move the slider to the level of
protection you require.
Spot A Trojan:
For an effective way to scan for Trojans, use Swatlt from
www.swatit.org It scans
you PC like virus checker.
Email warning about viruses are usually fake, do not
forward them. Go to www.vmyths.com to
Scan for Spyware:
virus hoaxes or check the virus encyclopaedia at
Spybot S&D is a free and well regarded spyware removal
at http:// securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/
program. Get it from
vinfodb.html to verify the virus.