posted on Sep, 16 2017 @ 07:50 AM
You will never, ever, be able to outwit a true hacker. No antivirus will save you. Antivirus will not find those govt programs lurking on your phone
and TV and your Windows workstation.
Every place you go is rife will vulnerability. I remember one case where there was an alert went out from I think the NSA to us about how foreign
actors had found out where some contractors where going, which hotel, and had changed the firmware in the hotel routers to inject code into their web
traffic to infect them. Everything you pull across the network is a chance to be infected or hijacked.
But, there is a pretty good solution. Virtualization. You can download and install Virtualbox on your computer if you have 8 gigs or so of ram and a
quad core processor. There are other "desktop" virtualization solutions (I'm a vmware vsphere guy myself) but virtualbox is nice in that it'll run
on Windows, Mac, and Linux. More on that later.
What makes it so good for security is snapshots. So you build your computer the way you want, add your user accounts, and the programs. Then you
snapshot it creating a point in time to restore to. Go surf the web. Go to the nastiest porn sites and virus infested hacker sites. When you are done
and have had your fix just roll back to the snapshot. Just using this as an example, I'm not that freaky.
What I do is install my virtual machines onto a portable USB drive and either create an encrypted volume via veracrypt to store the virtual machines
into or just encrypt the virtual machines themselves, which you can easily do with Virtualbox. This way I can carry a Windows 10, Windows 7, Centos
(Linux), etc machines with me always. If I misplace the drive (old age is making this easier every day) or it's stolen and I don't have to panic
about what is stored on the machines.
I also keep a few flavors of Virtualbox installers on the portable drive as well. The installers and veracrypt are encrypted with 7zip using
zipcrypto. Zipcrypto isn't that great of an encryption but in this case I'm just trying to protect the installers and exe files from being modified
by viruses, etc. The Virutalbox machines get AES256. With the installers and veracrypt I can have my computers up and running on pretty much any
computer I can get access to.
So about it running on just about any OS. How cool is that. You can have your windows 10 computer in your pocket and take it to grandmas mac and run
it. Bring it back and run it on your Windows 7 computer or Linux computer. You can even put your computer (or computers) onto a flash drive on your
keychain. Always protected and always available. And almost never worry about viruses ever again.
Just be sure to back those files up every now and then. They'll be big files so you need an equivalent sized drive to back them up to.