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Posted by TheMoMan (Member # 1659) on November 20, 2015, 15:39:
 
How to stay safe on the Internet?


Is it possible, I doubt that it is possible, however you can go extreme and set up an Air Gapped machine and do all Internet on a machine using an ISO OS.
There are many Linux candidates that would allow safe browsing, however how much do all those bells and whistles expose you? Smart phones, Tablets, Pad comps, do not put bank info or credit card info there, am I too paranoid maybe. I got burned in the Home Depot and Target data breaches so I know that my E-Mail is out in the wild.
 
Posted by TheMoMan (Member # 1659) on November 22, 2015, 20:34:
 
Great now air gapped is no long safe, what next Faraday cages and liquid N2 bath?
 
Posted by dragonman97 (Member # 780) on November 23, 2015, 01:29:
 
Unplug it and bury it. Make sure you destroy the hard drive with thermite first. Then and only then can you be sure your computer will be safe from attackers.

Otherwise, you'll have to decide on an acceptable risk.
 
Posted by The Famous Druid (Member # 1769) on November 24, 2015, 00:32:
 
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Originally posted by dragonman97:
Unplug it and bury it. Make sure you destroy the hard drive with thermite first.

You may scoff, but I recently spent 15 minutes with a 1.65 metre (EN_US: 12.5 acres, or 17 1/3 gallons, I think) fencing crowbar making sure that some hard drives I was throwing away were *totally* unreadable.
 
Posted by Snaggy (Member # 123) on November 24, 2015, 11:43:
 
I use a wood-splitting maul, but yikes, dangerous as heck. Don't use the sharp end, due to the likelihood of a harddrive flying at you at supersonic speeds. [blush]
 
Posted by dragonman97 (Member # 780) on November 24, 2015, 14:38:
 
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Originally posted by The Famous Druid:
quote:
Originally posted by dragonman97:
Unplug it and bury it. Make sure you destroy the hard drive with thermite first.

You may scoff, but I recently spent 15 minutes with a 1.65 metre (EN_US: 12.5 acres, or 17 1/3 gallons, I think) fencing crowbar making sure that some hard drives I was throwing away were *totally* unreadable.
You know...I heard from a friend that running a HD over a large degausser might not adequately wipe it? The device in question is about the size of a record player and having seen it, I figured it'd do a damned good job of rendering a drive unreadable. Given that I was considering putting this to work on an old drive or two of mine, I've put said drives aside for some kind of destruction that remains to be determined. I'm thinking of taking them to a friend who might have a drill press. I still won't switch to SSD yet, though my next laptop will surely have it. Those definitely require destruction, as just about nothing will properly wipe them.
 
Posted by TheMoMan (Member # 1659) on November 24, 2015, 18:26:
 
Me thinks that if you could tame lightning, and shoot a bolt through the drive it may be rendered clear.

A rumor I heard was that M5 freezes the drive, pots it an epoxy block and then grinds the whole thing to dust.

I my self when doing the checkbook and savings have never entered the account numbers into the comp. On reconcile day I do not turn on the WiFi router (AKA) special Cell phone to Verizon. I do the bookkeeping, take out the GNUDongle and shut down that machine start up the others and turn on the router.
 


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