3rd party internet security tool

Posted on 2005-04-27
Last Modified: 2013-12-04

I have set my internet options security options to "paranoid" with the exception that for each property that allows a promt setting it is set to promt.

I feel so much safer now but when browsing any old site I get millions of promts stating that a script is about to run.
Now before I accept or disallow it I would like to see what that script is all about. I am somewhat able to determine the nature of a script when I see it but the windows internet security settings dont provide the option of seeing the code that triggerd the prompt.

any ideas on this are very welcome.
Question by:DaFou
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    Well as far as just general Internet Security. You'd probably be much more secure if you just switched to Firefox and just forgot about all those IE prompt options. Even with them IE is probably less secure than Firefox.

    Also.......MANY, MANY sites run scripts and the number of sites that use various scripts are steadily increasing. I'd say the majority of sites today run some sort of script with their web content.   To me, it is just not realistic to prompt you everytime a site runs a script......all you'll be doing all day is clicking on prompts and this really doesn't make you any more secure in my opinion.  

    Most of the scripts are going to be server side meaning that they are located on the web server that hosts the web page you are trying to view.  The script is not like html code....its not just put in plain view via source code....the script is actually run so the output your computer sees is not the script is the result of the run script.

    I think you are focusing in the wrong area here.....forget about trying to be prompted each time some little script is run and focus more on the realistic security measures you can take such as switching web browsers, keeping your system patched, running a firewall, etc.
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    changing your internet security option to paranoid is not very likely to resolve the issues that cause spyware or other security propblems and may lead to a false sense of security. what the paranoid option will do is catch some popups and stop unsigned certificates on secure sites.

    i have become a huge Mozilla Firefox fan as it does not have the vulnerabilities that IE does. i also use a software based firewall called "BlackIce". with these 2 combos i noticed a 90% reduction in security issues on my computer.

    i was in charge of spyware for a while and had the opportunity to test many different anti-spyware apps. many were very good such as adaware, MS-anti spyware, spybot.... however one in particular took the cake: Spyware Doctor from

    i am a very heavy web surfer and am used to getting tons of spyware regularly... ive been spyware free for over a month now since i started using those methods. my buddy on the other hand, doesnt like mozilla because "it looks different", and i cleaned over 500 spyware problem on his pc (spyware doctor cleaned them all on the first try!) the other day. it also blocks popups and as far as looks and menu's, its nearly identical to IE in every way.

    visiting webpages is not the only way to catch viruses/spyware. i catch attacks all the time, upwards of 40 per day. one does not need any interaction to be affected by these attacks, your windows computer merely needs to be on the internet. the firewall i installed closes unused ports to the internet, therefore i am much less succeptable to these kind of attacks and has proven its worth.

    so if you use 3 tools, you can safely (to a degree) use the internet to its potential without worrying about the internet using you instead.   <-- free  <-- not free  <-- free, make sure to do update after installing.

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    can I set firefox to a "paranoid" seciurity seting while enabling me to personaly decide what to do ever time the paranoid settings intercept something? also I'd like detailed information on what triggered the secirity to act paranoid in such detail that i can actually see the code.

    coz once again I am a little bit able to determine of some javascript is potentially maliosious or not.

    even more wicked would be if it would be possible to tell firefox to ignore a specifric case in where it is paranoid becuase i have seen the code already and want to allow it
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    Again...those security settings in IE are not really true SECURITY settings....they really don't mean much.

    Firefox doesn't have options to allow for prompts because you don't need them. You either turn on javascript or not and you let firefox do the will protect you much more as it is than IE with the higest security settings.  There is a nice setting in firefox to control what websites can download stuff to your computer

    Most legit stuff will pop a warning in IE and most stuff that isn't legit won't pop a warning because it works so descretely.  

    If you believe you are secure just because you are prompted when a script run then you are just being fooled by false security.
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    One web page could easily run 10+ scripts.....there is just no way you can realisticly manage scripts for all websites that you browse unless you browse a very limited number of pages. Nor would you want to.

    And again....I just have to stress that you are focusing on the wrong area. Most things that IE will pop a prompt for won't do much to your computer......

    IE will pop a prompt for a page trying to use a javascript to display a photo.......but its not going to prompt you when there is a real security risk such as spyware on your comptuer.  This stuff gets by because among other things the holes that are open in IE and on your system.   This stuff gets through the holes so you're not going to be prompted.
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    Do you have a firewall running?

    Do you have spyware tools installed on your computer? Do you do regular malware checks? Do you have real time spyware protection enabled via a program such as spybot's tea timer?
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    yes you can set security levels equivelant to paranoid in Firefox; although a max of high level should be suffecient.

    firefox is a little more organized in the security settings as far as being able to specify what particular aspects of the "security" levels you want. so you can use a global "paranoid" level of security, or you can choose what things you are really worried about such as scripts running, unsigned forms/certificates, popups, page redirection.....

    most poeple dont know exactly what they want to block so it may be best to just use a global high security option. a new install of firefox sets the security level to a medium-high setting, this is adequate so you shouldnt need to modify this (but you can).
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    ViRoy said:

    "may lead to a false sense of security."

    DaFou said in the original question:

    "I feel so much safer now"

    that one gave me a chuckle.....looks like there's no "may" about it in this case ;)

    (not picking on anyone, just showing proof of the truth in ViRoy's statement.)

    I don't really have anything to add other than agreeing with what's been said already.  Thinking you're safe to surf by simply adjusting IE's "security" settings is about as bass-ackwards as thinking you're getting "great" fuel mileage because you properly adjusted your air pressure in the tires of your '68 Oldsmobile w/ a poorly tuned 455 running a couple 1100CFM carbs.

    Use Firefox ;)
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    On a lighter side>
    Well as far as just general Internet Security, the best
    way is just to turn off your computer.

    I know people who are on broadband and have an anti virus program that they keep up to date and a firewall and some anti spyware programs and stay away from
    the Xrated , fie-sharing etc sites and are perfectly safe.

    Not only the programs but where you browse that
    is the problem.

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