How to properly secure your Windows 10 Computer

Are you tired of that annoying message about your Anti-Virus? Are you curious about hackers and how to prevent them from getting into your computer? If so then you’ve come to the right place.

This process works for all Windows Operating Systems but we’re going to be focusing on Windows 10 today, since it’s the latest and most updated os.

1 – Trashing Unwanted Programs

One of the main things the average person forgets to do is remove forgotten or unwanted programs and it’s a VERY big deal. This is a big deal because not only do these programs take away your space but they also pose a threat to your security because they’re not being updated. Outdated software is one of the easiest targets for hackers that want to compromise your computer.

 

In order to remove unwanted programs you’re going to work your way to the control panel. Control Panel can be opened by right clicking the start button and selecting control panel. If you’re trying to get there from your settings then all you have to do is type control panel in the search bar. Pretty simple right? Once you’re at Control Panel, you’re going to click on “Uninstall a program” under “Programs”.

 

If you followed my instructions then in front of you should be a list of programs you have on your computer. Start by clicking on a program or software you don’t use anymore and you should have the option to “Uninstall” it. Go ahead and do this with all the programs you downloaded but don’t use or update anymore. This will help you prevent hackers from getting into your outdated programs as well as save space on your computer.

2 – Anti-Virus and Windows Security

While uninstalling unwanted and outdated programs play a big part in securing your computer, there’s still two more important steps required to fully secure your computer. 9 times out of 10 a store bought or factory reset computer comes with a pre-installed anti-virus that helps defend and protect your computer from malicious files and people.

 

Lets work on making sure we have a clean anti-virus and the right settings enabled to prevent viruses and other things from infecting your computer.

 

First things first, let’s make sure a few settings are enabled/disabled by going to your settings and clicking on Privacy. Once there you want you make sure SmartScreen Filter is enabled and can scan URL’s. You’ll also want to check your privacy settings for your Microphone, Location, Camera, Contacts, Calendar and anything else you might want to take a look at. Checking these settings prevents certain applications and programs from having access to your camera, microphone and other information that could be used to hurt you or invade your privacy.

 

Now that we’ve tweaked some of our settings to give us more privacy and security let’s work on getting a fresh working anti-virus for your computer. We need this because it will detect harmful files, emails, links and activities that you might not notice right away. Most computers come with Norton, McAfee or AVG anti-viruses, but today we’re going to get a new one. There are ton’s of Anti-Viruses made to protect you, ones like Kaspersky, Avast, McAfee, AVG, Windows Defender and many more. All you have to do is go to your search engine of choice ( Mine is Bing.com ) and type in which anti-virus program you want to download. Don’t worry, you can always compare anti-viruses to see which is better, but once you’ve done that you want to go to the official site that provides the software and download the trial version of the software.

 

Now that you’ve downloaded the trial version of your favorite anti-virus you’re going to have to repeat the first step and uninstall your previous anti-virus. You’re uninstalling your old one so your new one won’t have any issues with the last one. After uninstalling the old one you’re going to install the new one and restart your computer. This should provide you with a brand new anti-virus that will protect, scan and keep your computer safe to an extent.

3 – Practicing Safe Computer Habits

Believe it or not having an anti-virus, tweaked settings and secure programs isn’t all you need to safe while browsing the internet or working on your computer. The biggest security risk to your computer and personal information is you, the user!

 

In order to completely be secure you have to practice safe computer habits. Computer habits are just like real life habits and are things that we do because we’re so used to doing them. Things like checking emails without looking at who they’re from, downloading programs and files without checking to see if they are legitimate and safe, visiting websites or using online services from fraudulent companies that are out to get you. In order to stay as secure as possible you’ll have to pay more attention to emails that may contain harmful files, ignore ads that persuade you, download programs from trusted sources and make sure the websites you visit are safe, clean and have good ratings. While these are only a few ways to stay secure on the internet, the job is ultimately up to you, so please practice safe computer habits and thanks for reading!

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Networking 04

Welcome back to another installment of hacking tutorials. If you haven’t read the other previous articles I suggest you start off here. Today we will be going over networking and how it created the hacker into what we know them as today.

A long time ago, when the internet was in its infancy, the only hacker was someone who took computers and made hardware for them, that would either aid them in some way or destroy them. When the internet was established in 1969, it opened a big door for anyone that wanted to be a hacker. The ironic thing is that the hacker culture that we know of today can be dated to 1961, when MIT received the first PDP-1. These early working of the very first hackers were outlined in the first part of Steven Levy’s book Hackers. I suggest that everyone should read that book at least once because it’s a classic.

I personally suggest that you buy a website server and have at least one domain on it. This way you will learn how to do server side stuff on your website while learning web development and making sure your website isn’t too vulnerable to website attacks. You will learn a good bit about networking and the internet in general if you just do this.

Next you are going to want to get a few certs these will ensure that you know the ins and outs of networking and the internet, I will have a couple of links to good certification websites if you would like to check them out in the bottom of this article. Certifications will also help you tremendously if you would like to get a job hacking or even working on network systems in general.

After you have done these things you will be proficient in networking and you will be ready to start the real hacking. By now you should know the ins and out of Linux, how to program like a computer guru (Not using Stack Overflow for every line of your code), and should have a good understanding of networking. In the next part of this series we will go over computer hardware and how it applies to hacking.

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Thank you

-Bloodsplatter16

Security and you 01

 

With all the recent leaks over the pst few months (such as the vault 7 leak). Many are left wondering just how secure they are. We at hackernews have planned on starting this series for a while but have been holding off, however recent events make it appear people want to be secure now more then ever.

Ok so before we get into how to secure ourselves and our personal data we have to understand what being secure really means and what we have to sacrifice. First off you have to understand that no one can be invisible on the internet no matter what you measures you go through there will always be proof of you existing somewhere, thats just the way the internet works.

However what we can do though is make it hard for websites we visit, or even intelligence agencies to track us through use of various techniques such as not allowing java-script in our browsers or using end-to-end encryption for the messages we send. Next we will be going over a few of the recent leaks and how we potentially are insecure along with so misconceptions that seem to be going around in the next post. Make sure to come back as we continue the series!!

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for all the latest news on technology and cyber security/analysis.

 

 

 

Programming as a hacker 03

Hello all, welcome back. In the last blog post we talked about installing the operating system Linux and how it benefits hackers and normal people alike. If you missed that blog post or would like a refresher you can go check it out here.

Today we are going to go one step further on the road to becoming a hacker and were gonna talk about learning a programing language.  Programming is one of the most essential parts of becoming a real hacker. It is almost as important as having a computer. This is because computers and everything connected to them is essentially billions of lines of code and hardware. So without programing in there all we have is a toaster.

Now that I have convinced you to learn a programing language (I hope) I guess I need to give you a few links to websites that will help you get that started. Now I’m not going to tell you in cold hard facts which programing language you should learn but I will tell you this, please learn a language that is used a lot such as, Java, Python, or C++. This way your chances are the greatest to find something to hack or make better.

Actually I lied you are going to learn one programing language no matter what because every one needs to know it, HTML, Yes good ol’ HTML. This programing language is so easy and useful I think it should be a requirement to know it before graduating high school. Not only is it super easy to learn it also is on every web page on the Internet so I guess you would say its useful.

Okay now that I have bored you to sleep with a bunch of facts and rants Il give you a couple of links to website that I found most useful when learning to program.

Codecademy: https://www.codecademy.com/ This website is great for beginners because it has an interactive shell that teaches you as you go along. Very recommended.

CodeSchool: https://www.codeschool.com/ Here is another interactive website but this one is more aimed at websites. They teach HTML, CSS, JavaScript and IOS.

RosettaCode: http://rosettacode.org/wiki/Category:Programming_Tasks This website will help you by giving you 500 examples to try to program. This website helped me out a lot.

After getting a basic understanding of the programing language of your choice I would recommend either buying a few books or finding some PDFs to get a more in-depth understanding.

I hope everyone has enjoyed reading this article, if you did be sure to come back for more information on becoming a hacker. Also if you like tech, internet and hacking news come check out Hackernews.us

Thanks

-bloodsplatter16

 

Installing Linux 02

Hello everyone and welcome to the second installment of the Hackernews.us hacking tutorials. If you haven’t checked out the first blog post you can see that “here“, after viewing that come back and read this one.

Okay now on to the interesting stuff. Last week we talked about a few things that you need before you get started with hacking. In this article and the next few articles following this I am going to share with you some great and valuable information that will help you along the way.

Since I already know that you have a computer, I would like to go over which operating system hackers use and why. If you haven’t already guessed the number one operating system that all hackers use in Linux, (no it’s not because it’s free and were all cheep). This is because Linux is flexible, stable, and network friendly. Also about 67% of the internet runs on Linux so if you know it you pretty much know the internet.

As a side note Linux was actually developed by a group of programmers over the internet therefore it has exceptional support for network functionality.  Therefore if you want to run your own home server you can and I will show you how to do this in a later article.

It also will teach you the command line interface which is a must for any type of hacking, this command line grants users greater access and control over their systems which is a must for hackers. In the command line you get an infinite amount of control over the system, yet again another great feature. Also as a side note it makes running programs a lot easier because you can compile and run them in the command line.

Now that I have given you a few reasons to go and download Linux I have just a few things to say. I’m not going to tell you what flavor of Linux to choose but I will tell you to do some research to find out what distro is best for you. To learn how to install Linux in a virtual system click “here“. For anyone that hasn’t ever installed an operating system before this is highly recommended! To learn how to install Linux alongside your current operating system you can click “here“.

Here is a few links to get you started learning Linux:
https://www.linux.com/learn/how-use-linux-command-line-basics-cli
http://www.tecmint.com/free-online-linux-learning-guide-for-beginners/

I hope that you like this article and it has convinced you to start your journey becoming a hacker. If you have any questions leave a comment in the comments section of this blog and I will get back to it as soon as possible.

Come check out the main website at http://www.hackernews.us to see all the latest and greatest internet news. That is all for now. Thanks for sticking with me through out this long article.
-Bloodsplatter16

Hacking Blog 01

Hello everyone and welcome to the first hackernews.us blog post. I hope that everyone finds this information helpful and interesting because I’m going to be posting these blogs about once a week so be sure to come back and check us out frequently.

Today I would like to start about the very beginning of becoming a hacker. To become a hacker there is only a couple of things that are required, some things you might already have expected, but there are some things that most people don’t get and I would like to take this time and clarify them.

First and foremost you have to have a computer or at least very frequent access to one. This should be self explanatory, if you don’t have a computer you cannot do any sort of hacking. Now second thing you have to have a good bit of free time. Yes your going to have to sit at a computer and do a lot of work, including reading, testing and experimenting. Now the last thing this one fact is the biggest and probably the most valuable to anyone that wants to be an aspiring hacker. You have to be willing to devote yourself to hacking which means you have to embrace the lifestyle, you have to become a computer geek.

Becoming a computer hacker does not happen over night in fact it probably will take upwards of five long years to become even proficient in all the basics to becoming a hacker so you have to be driven. If your not, all you will become is a IT guy at one of the local businesses or college or become a programmer that takes answers from some guy that cant even open his emails without help.

If you don’t want to be that guy then your going to have to follow all my basic steps that I am going to outline in these next following blog posts. I hope everyone enjoyed this first post even though it was a little harsh. Some people need the solution in cold hard facts and that’s what I have given you here today. I will be back with a lot more upcoming content so be sure to stick around.

Until next time,

-Bloodsplatter16