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How to make sure NXT is protected from a local pc?
« on: December 26, 2015, 03:46:16 am »

What are the main steps to make a NXT account secure using windows?

What suggestions can you share in order to have NXT extra secure using a windows laptop? any extra layers of security? or is NXT saecure as it is already?

Thanks!
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Re: How to make sure NXT is protected from a local pc?
« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2015, 01:41:48 pm »

What are the main steps to make a NXT account secure using windows?

What suggestions can you share in order to have NXT extra secure using a windows laptop? any extra layers of security? or is NXT saecure as it is already?

Thanks!
Depends how safe you wanne be, how lazy you are and how geeky.

I don't agree with the wiki that a random passphrase is a good one since it is not memorizable,

I advice you to create a good brain-wallet. Meaning a passphrase you will be able to remember or recompose.
Something Like:
My email is Jerry@springer.com and I was born 15 minutes after midnight.
combine it with your email password: Lunatic
resulting in
MyLemailuisnJerry@springer.comaandtIwasibornc15 minutes after midnight.

Once you know how to make a good brain wallet:

As a minimum I would propose to use a password manager like keepass to access your brain wallet.
This password manager can be put on a usb key.
Keep the password to your password manager in a safe place, and another copy of that usb key in another safe place.
This way it is nearly impossible for you to lose your passphrase.

If you want to go even safer you can use that keepass on an offline pc with vapor wallet.
This way it is nearly impossible to get hacked through the internet.

To setup keepass to its optimal security:
https://nxtforum.org/security/for-keepass-users-on-windows-enabling-secure-desktop/

Enjoy nxt.
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Re: How to make sure NXT is protected from a local pc?
« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2015, 02:57:35 pm »

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What are the main steps to make a NXT account secure using windows?

Windows creates the first account with administrator rights. I would recommend creating a new account that doesn't have administrator rights, and only using that.

Like with any other crypto, to be totally secure you would need two computers, one offline and one online.

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MyLemailuisnJerry@springer.comaandtIwasibornc15

I personally woundn't recommend anything like this. The passphrase created by the client is secure. If you don't trust it (I haven't heard of any reason not to), you can add your own extra words to it.
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Re: How to make sure NXT is protected from a local pc?
« Reply #3 on: December 26, 2015, 06:11:35 pm »

Effective computer security is all about using various layers of protection techniques.
There is no single all-in-one solution that will give 100% security (even though some software vendors will try to tell you otherwise).

At the very least, a Windows PC will need to be firewalled AND have an anti-malware scanner installed.
I currently love RogueKiller:
http://www.adlice.com/software/roguekiller/

As mentioned by v39453, one very simple piece of virus/malware protection that you can set up for yourself is to use a rights limited account for normal day-to-day use, rather than the administrator account.
This immediately cuts down the amount of damage that any malware can do by ensuring that you don't give the malware in question admin rights immediately.
How many of you guys are reading this while logged in as admins to your Win boxes ?
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