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New Adobe Flash 0-Day Used In Malvertising Campaign
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RyanSepe
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RyanSepe,
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2/4/2015 | 8:21:54 AM
Re: Security Measures
Thanks, that was very helpful. I am a huge Chrome afficionado and the Ad Blocker is definitely a major benefit. Not only from its security aspect but also its seamless integration into the browser. Another security benefit is it helps to mitigate noise. Through this means you will be more attune to handling an event when notified instead of dismissing it.
Thomas Claburn
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2/3/2015 | 4:43:23 PM
Re: Security Measures
Some people have argued that going with ad blocking software is like going without a firewall.
jps-forums
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2/3/2015 | 4:30:06 PM
Re: Security Measures
There's actually 4 simple (and free) steps home users can take to drastically reduce their risk.  I had to put spaces in the URLS to get this to post, so take that into account when reading the links I include

 

1. Take advantage of OpenDNS (opendns .com/home-internet-security/). This requires you to set your primary DNS on your home router/wireless to use their DNS IP's. They filter many malicious sites for you and you get a free ability to implement content filtering for your family as well.  This is probably slightly complicated for your basic home user (you have to get them into their home router config under the IP and/or DHCP options to set the DNS) but their instructions make it much easier. 

2. Install anti-exploit software. Malware-bytes Anti-exploit Free edition protects all the major browsers and doesn't rely on def updates. Stops APT's in their tracks. Su[per tiny light-weight. You'll never know it's even running (https://www. malwarebytes. org/antiexploit/). The paid version protects more but stopping the exploits via browser for free is dang good.

3. Install some type of automated patching software that covers OS and 3rd party without any or much interaction at all. Secunia PSI is free and does an amazing job with little or no user interaction. (secunia. com/vulnerability_scanning/personal/) 

4. Use Chrome as much as possible and install the free ADBLOCK extension that stops all (99.9%) of adds (really useful on this particular exploit...plus it makes browsing much faster without all that garbage and annoying ads in vidoes/sidebars etc  (getadblock. com/)

Having a standard antivirus product is a given, although it probably protects you 20% if you are lucky. If you have AV, try to pick one that has host-based IPS built in as well (Intrusion Prevention System). The 4 above probably cover you 75%. Leaving a tiny window of risk left.  Every friend and family I help (there's many) has yet to been compromised or get infected using the tips above.  Best of all it will cost you 0 dollars to do the 4 things above.
RyanSepe
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RyanSepe,
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2/3/2015 | 10:07:16 AM
Security Measures
Since, as the article denotes, it is very difficult to deny a malicious body the right to acquire digital ad space; are there any best practices in general for the user population to avoid this type of attack? For example, Ad-blockers, etc.
Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
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2/3/2015 | 3:17:58 AM
Guess I need to install Google Ultron
O, to go two weeks without having to update Adobe Flash!  #firstworldproblems


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