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Discussion in 'Techforge' started by Spaceturkey, Sep 12, 2021.

  1. Spaceturkey

    Spaceturkey official beverage of antifa

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    After a few months of unsuccessfully trying to build a bear (rather than replacing components on my old one) only to be stymied by the sudden lack of improved GPUs to put in either, I broke down and bought me a premade from a national chain.

    Got it set up swell enough, but noticed that it came with Norton Lifelock and a freebie trial... so far so good but now they're asking me to subscribe.

    It comes down to is it worth the hour's pay for an annual or should I dump it for either another freeware or subscription?
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    Tuckerfan BMF Staff Member Moderator

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    Dump it.
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  3. Amaris

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    Get rid of it. It's useless.
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  4. ed629

    ed629 Morally Inept Banned

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    I'd dump it. I'm typing on a laptop that I've had for 5-6 years now. It works for everything I need. Since I've had it, I've run AdBlock Plus but got rid of it since it became "commercialized" and allowed "acceptable ads". I switched over to uBlock Origin with uBlock extra. It works well for my purposes. I use Chrome for my browser with tweaks. And use Windows Defender. Haven't encountered any problems with malware. The three seem to block any malware I may have encountered.
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  5. MikeH92467

    MikeH92467 RadioNinja

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    I'm experimenting with a VPN (Surfshark). It's supposed to be transparent, but it plays hell with a lot of websites. It does do what I want, which is spoofing the MLB. TV site to allow me to evade their blackout rules. It's cheap enough not to worry about it, but Amaris was kind enough to send me the link to their support site for those issues and I will be looking it up, but when it comes to VPN's I would say caveat emptor.
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  6. Amaris

    Amaris Candor Coated

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    This is a good opportunity, in light of how the US government works, and how so many corporations are monitoring everything you do, that everyone should use a VPN whenever possible. I usually recommend 3: NordVPN, ExpressVPN, and Mullvad. I've been reading up on Surfshark since we last talked, @MikeH92467, and it seems like a good choice. No logging, based in the British Virgin Islands, so it's not part of a 5, 9. or 14 eyes country. The price is really reasonable, too. Less than what I'm paying for mine, even.

    As for security, as @ed629 says, secure your browser. If you use Firefox, you're already ahead of the pack as FF is a privacy conscious browser. uBlock Origin will destroy ads, and protect you from some vulnerabilities, it's my favorite extension. I also recommend DecentralEyes, and HTTPS Everywhere for Firefox and Chrome. DecentralEyes splits up your data so it doesn't all arrive from the same origin point, and HTTPS Everywhere makes sure you're always connecting to a secure website connection.

    Regarding OSes and Antivirus: If you're on Linux, don't worry about AV. If you're on Windows, then Defender is *more* than adequate for the task. Norton's mostly kludgeware, and slows people's systems down for very little benefit. If you insist on using an AV other than Defender, then I can recommend either BitDefender Free, or Avira. Both are very careful with what data they collect from you, and both are top notch free AV programs.

    So, to recap:

    Firefox/Chrome extensions:
    uBlock Origin
    HTTPS Everywhere
    DecentralEyes

    Windows Antivirus:
    Defender (already installed on every Windows 7, 8, and 10 OS)
    BitDefender Free
    Avira Antivirus

    VPNs:
    Surfshark
    Mullvad
    NordVPN
    Express VPN

    I do **NOT** recommend using a free VPN. Keep in mind that often if you're using a costly service for free, then you are likely the product being sold. Your data is at risk with a free VPN.
    I also do not recommend proxies for anything sensitive, as they only spoof your location, and don't protect your data.
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  7. mburtonk

    mburtonk mburtonkulous

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    I have a pi-gile, which is also good for blocking ads.
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  8. Amaris

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    Hey guys, remember the heady days of actually yesterday when I told you I could recommend Express VPN as a solid choice? Well, I take that back. They've just been purchased by Kape Technologies, the same company that had purchased PIA a couple of years ago. So apparently they changed their name to Kape, which is rarely a good thing in the tech industry. Their former name? Crossrider. Some of you might know who that is, but for those who don't, Crossrider used to make adware/malware software.

    Kape buying Express VPN: https://www.reuters.com/technology/kape-technologies-buys-expressvpn-936-mln-2021-09-13/
    Kape/Crossrider buying PIA: https://archive.md/xyA9Z

    If you have Express, I highly recommend moving away from them. I would suggest Mullvad, Surfshark, or NordVPN.