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Discussion in 'Virus & Other Malware Removal' started by r01axb, Feb 3, 2003.

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  1. r01axb

    r01axb Thread Starter

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    I did a browser test and got this result:

    Attention! Your browser is not private. Privacy is 50%
    While visiting web sites your browser sends information about previous sites you have visited.

    Recommendation:
    Install a personal firewall program. If you already have a firewall, adjust it to block this information.

    I have a firewall, how do I set it to block this info?

    IE 6
    Sygate 5.0 1175

    Thank you.
     
  2. hewee

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    r01axb,

    Can you post where you are doing the test?

    I don't use IE or Sygate so someone else woll have to help but if you did the test onlone it wold be nice for others to use.
     
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  4. brendandonhu

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    I did the test, and the problems it alerted me about aren't even fixable with a firewall.
    What problems did it report to you?
     
  5. dvk01

    dvk01 Moderator Malware Specialist

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    I can't even run any tests on that site cos my ISP uses a transparent proxy that their software can't penetrate.

    If it can't even find my IP address it must be pretty useless
     
  6. r01axb

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    Does anybody know to how to keep websites from viewing previous sites you have visited?

    I have autocomplete disabled, I have history set to 0 days,

    Any other suggestions?
     
  7. brendandonhu

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    Nope not useless, to everyone at least, if your ISP or network puts you behind another computer, a website can not do anything about that to get your IP without additional software.
     
  8. dvk01

    dvk01 Moderator Malware Specialist

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    Well all of the well known & highly recommended security sites have no problem finding my IP number, so what I am saying is that I would not trust a site like this like pcflank.

    Security is important and a false sense of security can be got from sites such as this one.


    Many ISPs use proxy servers, in fact in the UK probably 80% of the largest ones do


    Hackers have no problem finding their way through a proxy server
     
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    With the Proxomitron you can use anonymous proxies and spoof or block your referer header that your browser gives out.

    http://www.proxomitron.org/
     
  11. brendandonhu

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    A public proxy is no good either. Now instead of your data being sent out directly to the internet, the person running the proxy can see all of it, unencrypted and now they can trace all of your activity.

    A proxy doesn't help security either, a hacker can still get your IP or attack the proxy server and mess up the internet connection of everyone using it, until you change your settings back to no proxy.
     
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