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    • #224438 Reply

      Susan Bradley
      AskWoody MVP

      Today I want to review browsers and application safety.  On the heels of Woody’s post about the Microsoft Store offering it’s wise to add a healthy do
      [See the full post at: Patch Lady – 31 days of Paranoia – Day 13]

      Susan Bradley Patch Lady

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    • #224441 Reply

      Da Boss

      Opera and Vivaldi have been discussed on AskWoody for quite some time. Opera is in no way new – I remember using it a dozen plus years ago, and until they changed to the Chromium basis, was my default browser. Vivaldi is a more recent offering from the original makers of Opera.

      Vivaldi has recently released their v.2 version upgrade.

      Vivaldi 2.0 – Your browser matters

      Today’s update includes Sync, Resizable Tab Tiling, Floating Web Panels and over 1,500 improvements since the first version of Vivaldi. Take control of your most important application – the browser – with the most powerful version of Vivaldi yet.

      By Jon von Tetzchner | September 26, 2018

      Read the changelog here

      A review on

      Version 2.0 brings Vivaldi web browser inline with the competition

      The latest release Vivaldi 2.0 offers a few must-have features for modern browsers.

      By Jack Wallen | October 11, 2018

      With the latest release of the Vivaldi browser, the competition might want to think twice about shrugging off the “little browser that could,” because it’s now become the “little browser that can.”

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      • #224577 Reply

        Susan Bradley
        AskWoody MVP

        “New” as in not still mainstream after all these years.  Chrome and Firefox still get the headlines.

        Susan Bradley Patch Lady

    • #224444 Reply

      AskWoody MVP

      From a long-term Firefox user, and previous to that, Firebird and Phoenix, I haven’t (knowingly) encountered issues with browser security. This is probably due to the fact that I actually prefer to audit/ check each new version of Firefox by doing research and using the about:config interface, as there are always new additions that need tending to.

      More info here: Firefox Security Tweaks

      Then there is sandboxing the browser, I use firejail and sandboxie for different Operating Systems. Sandboxing isolates your browser and mitigates vulnerabilities from reaching the OS within it’s restricted zone and is an extra layer of defence with minimal resources.

      In conjuction with Firefox browser security tweaks, there are plenty of choices of privacy and security extensions against:
      trackers, javascript, adblockers, fingerprinting, etc..

      Such as: ublock origin, uMatrix, noscript, https everywhere, privacy badger, Disconnect etc..

      My advice is to do some research and take your pick. There are some who swear that one is better than the other, it’s your preference and what suits you best!

      Of course there are the basics:
      1. Keep your OS, AV, Email client, Browser and Extensions up-to-date.
      2. Keep your Passwords safe and don’t disclose to anyone.
      3. Use HTTPS opposed to HTTP where possible.
      4. Be wary of phishing emails and the likes.
      5. Don’t download anything from an untrusted source (even if it claims to be the best ever)

      On a side note: Using google as a search engine for me, is a big no, no! I much prefer DuckDuckGo which honors privacy for searches, YMMV 🙂

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      Until Internet Explorer retires in 10+ years, its users will continue to enjoy the built-in tracking protection feature to block any kind of malicious third-party content. However, ‘Do Not Track’ (DNT) is utterly useless and should not be enabled. Just block any third-party tracking site and done.

      • #224493 Reply

        AskWoody Plus

        Please elaborate on the uselessness of enabling DNT.

        • #224532 Reply

          AskWoody MVP

          Tracking techniques are complex, subtle, and constantly evolving, different systems and people have different results. Some 3rd party extensions within chrome, firefox and derivatives, ignore/ circumvent the DNT regardless of setting so you can use their extension.
          VPN’s also ignore DNT in so that they can monitor your activity whilst protecting your real IP address. (Big brother)
          IMHO, It’s certainly not useless, some do, some don’t adhere to the policy request.

          | W10 Pro x64 1803 | W8.1 Pro x64 | Linux x64 Hybrids | W7/ XP Pro x64 O/L
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    • #224567 Reply

      AskWoody Lounger

      Dear Susan – I strongly recommend the superb article

      It instructs how to set up our devices so that all outgoing DNS queries are protected against MITM attcks AND encrypted so that our ISPs cannot easily track where we go.

      I’ve been running Simple DNSCrypt (which configures dnscrypt-proxy) on my PC since April with no issues.  And our home FIOS gateway-router is set to send all DNS lookups exclusively to cloudflare’s new service, which does not keep logs AND is very fast.


      PS – when will we get your patch good and bad list for this month?

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      • #224690 Reply

        Susan Bradley
        AskWoody MVP

        Just posted it up, but not recommending installing at this time.

        Susan Bradley Patch Lady

    • #224573 Reply


      ? says:

      Microfix, thank you and the other contributors again for “Firefox Security Tweaks,” AKB3000003. i set up Firefox using the recommended settings from the page as well as GTP’s posts #159214, #150361,

      Bob99’s post # 208690, and from Martin Brinkmann’s Ghacks:



    • #224796 Reply


      Opera is new? According to Wikipedia, it is 23 years old.

      • #224818 Reply


        Susan Bradley wrote: “New” as in not still mainstream after all these years.  Chrome and Firefox still get the headlines.

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    • #224845 Reply

      AskWoody Lounger

      I am on 1709 and WUS just tried to download and install KB4090007 which is the microcode updates.  I do not want to install it.  How to I stop it.  I have my Windows Pro setting set for Channel target and delay security updates by 30 days and Windows updates by 6 months.  I don’t remember “checking for updates” so I am not a seeker.  Why am I getting this update and how do i not install it.

      • #224850 Reply

        Da Boss

        You can hide the update using wushowhide.diagcab from Microsoft (link just above the yellow bar).

        Put the icon on your desktop. Run the program. Click on “Advanced,” then UNCHECK the box to make changes automatic. You can hide and unhide updates.

        Be sure you read about clearing the Windows Update queue before you start. If you do not clear it, the update will still be in the queue under Settings\Security and Update\Windows Update and it will install even you think it’s hidden.

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