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RNFolsom last won the day on September 29 2014

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  1. I am sorry to have to say that Private Internet Access has a serious problem: It works only on Administrator accounts. A link that makes that clear (including my own unhappy contribution) is available at https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/forum/index.php?p=/discussion/2209/pia-windows-client-does-not-work-for-non-admin-windows-users/p1 So today I will be investigating Arakasi's suggestion (11 August 2014 - 03:09 PM) of using vpnsecure.me (https://www.vpnsecure.me/). (I definitely would want 2048 bit keys.) Another alternative that I am considering is VikingVPN (https://vikingvpn.com/) R.N. (Roger) Folsom
  2. Arakasi: Thanks for telling me about vpnsecure.me. (I already knew about openvpn, because apparently is the foundation for many Virtual Private Networks, including WiFiConsulting's hxxp://hotspotvpn.com/ when I hadn't yet moved from WinXP to Windows7 and could not manage to install it on my Windows7 laptop.) But vpnsecure.me has an interesting note on its website: "Dedicated IP's are separate plans at a different price to our $9.95 shared IP plans, however are shown above as available for use with OpenVPN only. Choose your dedicated IP package under the OpenVPN & PPTP drop down in the checkout." I think I understand that IP stands for Internet Protocol, but I don't know what a Dedicated IP is. Dedicated to what? I have posed that question on vpnsecure.me's website, and I hope I get an answer by email. Thanks for the information. R.N. (Roger)
  3. Arakasi: Thanks very much for the feedback. Re your last two lines: I don't think I will need to exclude filtering, given my good experience with WiFiConsulting's hxxp://hotspotvpn.com/ (when I was able to install it use it on Windows 2000 and XP. In any case, I'm glad to know that on NOD32 the only filtering you can think of is http(s), pop3(s), and imap(s) protocols. SeaMonkey and my ISP (a local, redshift.com) use http(s) and pop3(s), so that's encouraging. Imap I've heard of but never have used. The rest of this post is to let you and anyone else interested to know about some interesting VPNs. Private Internet Access is a VPN company's name. Annual cost: $40. It's "Home" website is at https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/ To get more information click on the other columns there. The most useful one (my opinion) is Contact Us, which is a collection of FAQs. Each one is separate, so I for my own use I created an "open" collection by copying each FAQ into Thornsoft's ClipMate, and then pasting them into Mozilla-SeaMonkey's HTML Composer. Some interesting reviews of Private Internet Access are: PCMagazine, at hxxp://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2414799,00.asp FreedomHacker, at hxxp://freedomhacker.net/private-internet-access-vpn-review/ An alternative is VikingVPN, $120 annual cost. Website is https://vikingvpn.com/ As nearly as I can see, it's only disadvantage is expense. But my recollection is that roughly $120 is what I paid when I was using WiFiConsulting's hxxp://hotspotvpn.com/, so that price isn't unreasonable. And it might be simpler to use than Private Internet Access is. For a very favorable review of Viking VPN, see FreedomHacker, at hxxp://freedomhacker.net/vikingvpn-review/ The prices I mention above are rounded up to the nearest dollar. Some of my efforts to decide what VPN to use are at Windows Secrets Lounge, at hxxp://windowssecrets.com/forums/showthread.php/163638-Virtual-Private-Network-%28VPN%29-Choices Roger P.S. I also considered ExpressVPN at https://www.express-vpn.com/?a_aid=zpeti, with a favorable review at https://www.bestvpn.com/blog/9405/expressvpn_review/ But my wife and I use only laptops; I don't use ExpressVPN's capabilities for multiple devices.
  4. Arakasi: Please excuse my belated reply. (My excuse is a long boring story.) I very much appreciate your explanation of Two-Factor Authentication, and the hxxp://www.eset.com/us/business/products/secure-authentication/ link. That link made me realize that I can use Two-Factor Authentication on internet websites, but that Two-Factor Authentication is not appropriate for my end of internet connections. I do some economics consulting (mostly I am retired), but my communications with clients are by voice (in person or by land-line At&T telephone) or email. I don't have a website, much less a business website. For someone who has two cellphones (neither qualifying as a smart cellphone; they are roughly ten years old), I am a weirdo. Each cellphone lives in an automobile, and is used very occasionally, and only for talking. Consequently no one calls me using my cellphone numbers, because if they happened to call me on one of my cellphones (probably only my wife and me know the number; it's written on the back of the phone), I would eventually hear it, probably weeks later. Nevertheless, your description of how to use a smart cellphone for Two-Factor Authentication was interesting. Someday I may get a smartphone, and I am happy to know about the Eset's mobile app. Related different issue: I am trying to improve the security of my home office (and of using a computer when in a hotel) by installing a Virtual Private Network. When using Windows 2000 and XP, my own favorite VPN was WiFiConsulting's hxxp://hotspotvpn.com/, and it provided excellent protection. But I found it impossible for me to install successfully (after what I think of as trying for 100 hours or more, due to useless correspondence with WiFiConsulting) on my new Windows7 sp1 64-bit laptop, because my requests for assistance got incomplete and/or generalized answers that weren't specific enough for a non-geek economist (me). So I gave up. Over the past week I have been considering other VPN providers, and I tentatively have settled on Private Internet Access. I had a "chat" with one of their representatives, and asked whether Private Internet Access would interfere with Eset, or vice versa. Unfortunately he hadn't heard of Eset. But he said that there were some cases where security software interfered with Virtual Private Access. If any Eset user knows of any conflicts between Eset NOD32 version 7.x and Private Internet Access, please let me know. I will come back to this page in a day or so. R.N. (Roger) Folsom
  5. Given that I am a complete ignoramus, I don't know what Two Factor Authentication is. First, what does "Authentication" mean in this context? Second, what is being Authenticated? There are hints in earlier posts in this thread, but I need a lot more than those to understand Two Factor Authentication. Examples would help. Maybe Two Factor Authentication protects Eset's NOD32 and/or Smart Security, or maybe it protects my access to the financial websites that I use? Or maybe unexpected email that contains malware? Or maybe Two Factor Authentication is an alternative to using a Virtual Private Network, even when a computer's internet access (e.g. mine) is totally wired and not wi-fi? R.N. (Roger) Folsom P.S. An extraneous but related issue is that on 05-June-2014, Eset sent me an email requesting that I change my password for this website (Eset's Security Forum). Since I wasn't currently using this website, I put that email into my ToDo folder. But now I want to comply with Eset's request that I change my password, but although Eset's email gave me a link to how to create strong passwords (I have four different password generator utilities that I switch whenever I need a password, so I didn't need that), but it didn't explain where and how to persuade a new password to replace the old one on this website. I would appreciate instructions about how to do that. Please remember that I am an ignoramus, and need detailed step-by-step instructions. Thanks.
  6. Today (Friday 02 August) I decided to visit Wilders to see if there was any new information about ESET there, and I couldn't find any Eset forum, not even a closed but available-to-read forum. However, I may have simply overlooked Eset because once I had learned where the Eset info was located, I had the link and didn't need to note how I got there. Question: Am I right to think that everything that Eset thought was useful at Wilders has moved to Eset's Security Forum? R.N. (Roger) Folsom
  7. I believe you have the link for 64bit compatible with win764bit. Yes I have the same installer on my machine, with difference mine is the 7beta nod32av 64bit for win 7 64bit. Hi and Welcome Folsom ! Arakasi: Thanks for confirming that I did download the software that I intended. So I will install it tomorrow (after using Acronis Western Digital version to back up my C: and D: partitions). And thanks for the welcome! And to TomFace: Thanks to you also for the welcome! R.N. (Roger) Folsom
  8. After posting my post, I realized that the reason that I couldn't find places to ask questions is that I moved my cursor horizontally but not vertically. It's been a long day for me, so I apparently was suffering brain fatigue. Neverheless, despite my dumb mistake, I would appreciate any response to my post. R.N. (Roger) Folsom
  9. I am a Professor Emeritus at San Jose State University, San Jose, California USA. I am retired from teaching, but not from being an economist. I have been using NOD32 for about ten years, starting with version 2.something. My current project is setting up a new Win7sp1 64-bit Dell Precision M4700 laptop, as a replacement for my somewhat ancient Dell Latitude C840, which originally ran 32-bit Win2ksp4 and now runs 32-bit WinXPsp3. It uses NOD32 v5.2.15.0. On the assumption that I'm now supposed to get information and help here rather than at Wilders, I wandered around this Eset Security Forum, but didn't find someplace where I could start a new thread to ask some questions. So I will take the liberty of doing that here. A few minutes ago, from Eset's website (hxxp://www.eset.com/us/download/thank-you-eav/file/8651/) I downloaded an offline Eset NOD32 v6.something. Its title is eav_nt64_enu.msi and its size is 55.5 MB (58,256,384 bytes). Given the weird title (although I am used to .msi installation files), I am not completely confident that I downloaded the offline 64-bit version. (The 64 in nt64 probably means 64-bit, but "64-bit" or "64bit" would have been more comforting.) If anyone reading this can confirm that my download is what I want (NOD32 v6.x appropriate for 64-bit Win7sp1), I would very much appreciate getting that information before I install eav_nt64_enu.msi. Thanks for any comments, suggestions, help, or a confirmation! R.N. (Roger) Folsom
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