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    A Cyber Arms Reduction Treaty? How, I am avidly interested to ask, do they think that they could enforce that? Count the number of nerds in your country? Shadow World of Warcraft players' online activities?

    I have a better idea, spend the effort on making sure our systems and personnel trump anyone else's. We have the F-22. We didn't try to get involved in a treaty to make sure everyone had propeller biplanes. We just built the greatest fighter plane in history.

    Make our stuff, nationally and individually, far more hardened to threats, and make our offensive capabilities, right down to installing hardware that will obey our commands, as close to the enemy's nerve centers as possible.

    Same with anything. Peace through superior firepower. There is no other way that actually works. Most of the Other Nations in this world don't seem to accept kindness as anything other than weakness. Treaty talks are fine, as long as no one on our side uses it to change what WE are doing.

    Computer security:

    Electrical: I had a very-high-quality Pure Sine Wave battery backup UPS for my computer system at home. How good was it? When a power jolt hit the house that was so powerful, my cell phone, which was turned off and plugged into the charger turned on and spontaneously rang died a few days later, my multi-thousand-dollar computer setup, which was plugged into the UPS, was unscathed. For laptops, you have your power brick for power protection, but you can use a fairly compact, ,good-quality (as in name-brand, not FooYong or some unknown whatever) surge suppressor to plug into. Some surge suppressors come with a $50,000 guarantee on attached equipment. Cheap insurance/prevention.

    Physical: Don't interact with any other thing capable of carrying any data. Good luck in today's world. Even our phones can stream video over the 'net.

    Hardware: Routers that filter traffic before it gets to our computers.

    Software: Stuff on our computers that looks for and hopefully eliminates anything that got past the first two steps

    Behavior: Don't sling your identity all over the internet. Don't have one email address that all your stuff all over the world goes to, including your medical test results, credit card billing, hotel reservations, forum registrations, so if one person with a grudge guesses your password, they become you, electronically. Separate thy life into compartments, online. Don't broadcast to Jabbering Jaswinder Jihad your wives' and families' every move on Foreigners All Can Examine-BOOK. Set your privacy settings to Friends Only. Why should someone who hates your guts be able to view what you are up to on Facebook by clicking on one of your friends' accounts?

    Backup: BACK UP YOUR DATA! Have everything ready so that if your computer goes all mushroom-cloud, then you don't lose more than a few minutes or a day of your efforts.

    Recovery: Have, as in, with hard copies, all your credit card, ID, and every single other possible piece of documentation, phone numbers for cancellation, carry copies, not originals, where possible, ready to respond if you something is lost or stolen.

    I fell for a PayPal scam once, forked over my name and password, realized, "oops!", and remembering that most of this crap is done by computers that aren't even manned, I swiftly logged on, changed my password before whoever checked the day's take in Criminalistan could use my password, and informed PayPal of what was going on.

    Is that computer with all your info and passwords saved for automatic logins secure? Do you know for certain no one will EVER have access to it, EVER?

    Just be sure. Cover your tracks. Spend the money and time, and you will not be left crying.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Army Strong View Post
    are you finnished?

    haha.....

    ha.
    no. but perhaps slightly amused.
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    and we have had the upperhand in this tug for a very long time. we got nothing to fear for.

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