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#1 josh77

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Posted 02 December 2005 - 08:45 AM

Okay...last dumb question for today. I have been considering doing some online shopping this Christmas, but I am concerned about keyloggers and could not afford it if anyone got a hold of my cc info. I have Norton, McAfee, and Adaware, and all scans seem to be fine, but I was just wondering what you all think about shopping online. The sites I would shop at are always "secure" and usually major sites (i.e. amazon.com). Thanks in advance.

#2 lonewolf

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Posted 11 December 2005 - 10:09 AM

You could get a visa gift card. They can be used just like a regular credit card but you can't be charged for over the amount of balance you have on the card. These are very useful for online purchases and far safer than using your regular credit card.

If your worried about keyloggers you could try running a few anti-keylogger programs. Some good programs are Spycop http://www.spycop.com & Security Task Manager http://www.neuber.co...ager/index.html . Though neither are free, both will find many keyloggers that Nav, McAfee and Adaware will not detect.

STM has a 30 day free trial, so you can try it out to see if you like it. If you do decide to use STM make sure you also run something like RootkitRevealer http://www.sysintern...itrevealer.html , because STM won't detect certain types of keyloggers that operate at the kernel level and RootkitRevealer will find them.

Spycop will detect all types of keyloggers by the way, so you would only need that one program to detect keyloggers, but it will cost you $50. to get it. A bit steep imo for a program that only detects keyloggers for the most part.

Another option is to run Snoopfree which is a free anti-keylogger. But SF can cause problems for some people, so use it at your own risk. I didn't have any trouble with the program myself though. Most people I know run it without any kind of problems either, but I have heard of it causing a few problems, so I thought I would at least warn you about that.

But if you did go with Snoopfree, again you'll need an additional program like RootkitRevealer, Blacklight beta http://www.f-secure.com/blacklight/ or UnHackme http://greatis.com/unhackme/ to check for those nasty kernel level keyloggers. But if you run both SF and RR, it won't cost you a dime and you'll have a decent keylogger defense for free.

Good luck.

Edited by lonewolf, 11 December 2005 - 10:26 AM.


#3 josh77

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Posted 16 December 2005 - 02:33 AM

Thank you lonewolf, I never would have thought of the whole Gift Card idea. So simple, but pretty smart. Thanks for the software recomendations too. Much appreciated.

#4 Nosrep

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Posted 05 January 2006 - 08:01 AM

Many companies offer a temporary card number to their clients that they can use for shopping. These temporary card numbers are safe to give out as they cancel after you have used them. Check with your bank and or Visa and MC to see what your options are.




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