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Hello, I own a Dell XPS M140 and have the following hardware:

Verizon Westell 2200 router

Linksys RTP300 MODEM

Netgear WPN802 V.2 WAP

I would like detailed directions on setting up a secure system to prevent hackers, crackers and other misguided types from accessing my system, downloading trojans, malware, viruses and uploading files.

Many thanks,

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You'll have to be more specific about what you want. If you are referring to wireless security enable WPA-PSK (WPA-Personal on a few routers) or WPA2-PSK with a passphrase of 20+ characters using numbers, upper and lower case and special characters.
 

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Terry,

I'll do the best encryption for home network.:) Please post the details. Oh, did I mention that I am running XP complete with all updates?

Many thanks,
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Hello, I own a Dell XPS M140 and have the following hardware:

Verizon Westell 2200 router

Linksys RTP300 MODEM

Netgear WPN802 V.2 WAP

I would like detailed directions on setting up a secure system to prevent hackers, crackers and other misguided types from accessing my system, downloading trojans, malware, viruses and uploading files.

Many thanks,

Moose
I must point out that even the most secure network is not safe the user him/herself. We can teach you how to prevent hackers from accessing resources on your network, but so far as Mailware, Spyware, Virues, Worms, Etc. goes, that will depend on your individual Internet habits. I have a friend who tells me that his computer is always running slow and sluggish. I tell him that's because he's always looking at Porn, which is true. So that kind of stuff really depends on the individual user.
 

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Okay here's my situation. I have an unsecured system with the usual unsecured password. After trying for a while to access the Linksys webpage (192.168.15.1) I got through. I reset the password and now need to know what is required to bring the system to WPA secured. I don't have the Linksys CD but do have that of the Netgear.

All and any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

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Okay from a wireless standpoint (based on your initial post) you need to secure the Netgear, since that is your wireless router. Can you access the Netgear router?? You can also visit the Netgear site and probably download a manual for your specific router that will walk you through securing it.
 

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I have a friend who tells me that his computer is always running slow and sluggish. I tell him that's because he's always looking at Porn, which is true. So that kind of stuff really depends on the individual user.
hahahahhaha....poor guy - but I bet he has a healthy prostate!!

In the evening I'm usually surfing, visiting the weather and other forums for a variety of subjects plus I'm moderator for a couple of Yahoo groups. Conservatively, I'd say that I'm logged on about 60 hours per week.

This week I battled a hacker who kept downloading Trojans. I downloaded SpywareBlocker, The Cleaner, NetMagic and McAfee Security, Glary Utilities, PC Decrapifie and AIRoboForm. The hacker deleted the first four programs and planted a trojan. I changed about a dozen passwords and noticed someone phishing for my information and a lot of hangups from an 888 number.

I require at least having some mode of security to keep my works safe,which I back up regularly.

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Based on what you've told me, and the fact that you take regular backups, once you secure your network a little better, I would do a complete format and reinstall. Who knows what's on your machine? For example, I could slip a keylogger on someone's machine that none of those programs would ever pick up.

Just a thought.
 

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I have already copied all of the data that I need and was planning for a format and reinstall.
Most of the programs can be downloaded at a later time. This hacker disabled both my wired internet and my CD recorder. I found the right code in the registry and got the CD recorder working again.

With an encrypted system, will I have to change my e-mail addy?

Thanks, SWB

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Nope not at all. Once you secure your wireless network, please keep in mind that this is ONLY to keep people from connecting wireless (ex. Joe Blow next door). You may want to install a 3rd party firewall of some sort. Windows XP comes with it's own firewall, but a lot of people prefer something a little bit more robust which packet inspection and things of that sort. It really depends on your budget. To get you started you may want to start with something like Zone Alarm.
 
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