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Almost forgot: Flash player. Either get rid of it and use HTML5 or download the video addons, or keep it very up-to-date (daily). Flash vulnerabilities are discovered pretty much weekly, and many are exploited before they have time to patch them. At least only allow flash player on trusted sites.
Thank you everyone for your responses! I installed the Adblock Plus, NoScript and YouTube ALL HTML 5 plugins. I'm also updating the cookie, history, cache settings as recommended. The host file change will take alittle more thought but sounds reasonable. The bootable live image on a USB thumb drive is very appealing but I need to do some research/reading to see how to do that. Thanks again!
He isn't. Instead go and inform yourself properly.
*And please drop the leetspeek while you're at it as it doesn't lend credibility to anything you try to say (unless you're among mental ten year olds all day).
Originally Posted by Head_on_a_Stick
Not at all -- maybe @Unspawn or one of the other security experts will chime in and back me up here.
With the advent of cheap sbc's that are fully capable computers, I tend to hardware isolate my tasks. Card readers and SDHC cards are cheap, so $20 gets you a bootable USB device to run an operating system from without too hideous a write speed to make it unusable. But I tend to be on the minimalist side of the fence. Plus I avoid online financials and sites that require me to login. As much as I can anyway.