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What are the most common Windows hack attacks?

=MGN=RedEagle

Well-known member
#1
Hi guys,

As part of my security plan, I am trying to come up with a list of the most common attacks made against a Windows machine.

If you have a guess let me know. I am looking for a top 5 list.

I should mention that I listing things which an intentional hacker would do, not the random attack that every Windows PC would suffer.
 

Biker

Well-known member
#4
That's it.

You don't need to know how Windows is compromised. All you need to know is how to keep your machine up to date, use decent security software and practice safe and prudent habits when accessing the Internet.
 

Chris D

XenForo developer
Staff member
#5
I couldn't agree more with Biker.

You're suggesting that there's gaping holes in Windows that are wide open and ready to be exploited. It's a misnomer that Windows is inherently insecure
 

Chris D

XenForo developer
Staff member
#7
There aren't really any openings. Just best practice to follow:
  • Always have a firewall enabled
  • Always have anti-virus installed
    • It's worth noting for these two points that I only ever use the free Microsoft Security Essentials and Windows 7 built-in firewall. Just make sure they're enabled and updated!
  • If you download an application verify it is from a reputable source. Always scan downloaded files using the anti-virus.
  • Never open e-mails from people you don't know.
  • Never download attachments from people you don't know.
  • Always virus scan attachments even if you do know the person who sent it.
  • Never open e-mails from banks, PayPal, online shops unless you're specifically expecting them.
  • Never click links in emails from the above places.
  • Never provide login details to websites that have been linked to in emails (they might look genuine but might not be).
  • Always ensure your computer completes Important/Critical Windows Updates.
There's loads I've missed but basically it's all common sense.
 

=MGN=RedEagle

Well-known member
#9
Here is my problem. I have more than one group trying to hack into my computers. I cannot afford security guys... too expensive and my funds are gone due to all the hacks (time/client loss).
 

Biker

Well-known member
#12
And you know this how? From your previous threads dealing with computers, I get the distinct impression that you aren't that savvy when it comes to technology. So I'm more than a little curious as to what makes you think your PCs are being attacked.
 

=MGN=RedEagle

Well-known member
#13
And you know this how? From your previous threads dealing with computers, I get the distinct impression that you aren't that savvy when it comes to technology. So I'm more than a little curious as to what makes you think your PCs are being attacked.
Ya I am not that tech savvy. For the first group it's because they make threats to do so often. For the second group, he left way too much information behind when he contacted me to try and sell me the data he stole.
 

Biker

Well-known member
#14
I could say I'm going to nuke your machine and slag your hard drive into an unrecognizable heap of fused metal. Doesn't mean I can do it.

Most mouth breathers who claim they're going to hack your PC haven't ventured out of their mother's basement in months and most likely couldn't hack their way out of a wet paper bag.
 

=MGN=RedEagle

Well-known member
#16
Most mouth breathers who claim they're going to hack your PC haven't ventured out of their mother's basement in months and most likely couldn't hack their way out of a wet paper bag.
Already lost 4x computers and had to format them. I think their board, I just need a good policy and plan for next time.
 

=MGN=RedEagle

Well-known member
#18
If you want our group to act as a virtual CISO, we could.
Thanks Josh. This is the same issue as we were having before. I feel like I need to begin to learn this stuff myself just to make sure I can really prepare against it. I feel like this situation could be long-term so I am doing all the studying I can to prepare myself. From not understanding the concept of RAM three years ago, somehow today I manage servers and run a tech-related company.
 

Biker

Well-known member
#19
Wait. Am I reading this right? You know virtually nothing about technology in general, absolutely nothing about security specifically, and you're managing servers and running a tech company with no security personnel?

Whether you can afford to or not, I would highly suggest you get someone in place that KNOWS security. Because you aren't going to last very long without one. This isn't something you can just "read up on".
 

=MGN=RedEagle

Well-known member
#20
Wait. Am I reading this right? You know virtually nothing about technology in general, absolutely nothing about security specifically, and you're managing servers and running a tech company with no security personnel?

Whether you can afford to or not, I would highly suggest you get someone in place that KNOWS security. Because you aren't going to last very long without one. This isn't something you can just "read up on".
I don't want to explain things in detail for privacy reasons, but it would make a lot more sense if I did. lol. We have nothing to do with hardware pretty much. We are also small.