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Fios mcafee home network protection — any good?
Posted by: Up a crick ()
Date: December 11, 2018 12:03PM

So Verizon is trying to get subscribers to shift from router based parental and access controls to some software overlay system. I’m thinking this adds overhead, reduces speed, and risks sharing too much data with Mcafee.

Any thoughts from the tech crowd?

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Re: Fios mcafee home network protection — any good?
Posted by: Hefoter ()
Date: January 16, 2019 12:18PM

The most necessary thing in connecting your home devices in one system is your router. In order to set up correctly you can find here very useful information.

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Re: Fios mcafee home network protection — any good?
Posted by: h7pxu ()
Date: January 16, 2019 02:02PM

your motherboard is made in malaysia when you update windows your giving root passwords to asians to install anything they PLEASE

your motherboard is made in malaysia and has asian chips who's contents are unpublished

your cable company watches what you do on the internet from the cable modem and shares it with authorities. verizon records the text of your phonecalls and keeps it for (a time)

you might protect yourself from a malicious website you shouldn't be on using a bad web browser: that's all your going to fix

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Re: Fios mcafee home network protection — any good?
Posted by: Respecto ()
Date: February 21, 2019 04:24AM

You'd better set up your router properly and figure out how's the tunneling works to prevent the data leakages. And it's always good to have an in-depth knowledge of your network is operating. Here's the place to start learning about routers https://www.router-reset.com/router-login-web-interface/Belkin.

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Re: Fios mcafee home network protection — any good?
Posted by: Need more security ()
Date: February 21, 2019 06:47AM

I have not looked at the full McAfee product in detail nor am I am FIOS subscriber, but these days you need to have multiple layers of Internet security per security experts. Anti-virus by itself does not cut it. Some additional security tools, Malwarebytes Premium https://www.malwarebytes.com/products/ with web, exploit, malware, and ransomware protections and SpyShelter https://www.spyshelter.com/ with keylogging, your keystrokes are encrypted, screen, and webcam protections can be added on top of your existing anti-virus software, which I have been doing for years, and the price is well worth it vs. cleaning up an identity theft situation. Also for free browser addons - Malwwarebytes for downloads protection, a web site advisor (green, yellow, red, not perfect, but better than nothing), and ScriptSafe available for Firefox and Chrome which blocks scripts running on website except those you allow (initial setup takes some time). Also updating your software is important, SUMo updater (free or paid) is very good, your Windows updates, and updating your security software. I also have a wired router, better than a Wifi router even with passowrd protection, per security experts where I used to work, and my email with advanced Sieve filtering (fastmail.com) where have only received less than 25 spam emails in the last two years. Also common sense, not opening unknown emails, attachments, or weblinks, and a dose of prayer goes a long way.

If using a smartphone, the layered security is not there yet, so I avoid sharing sensitive information there, such as SSN, date of birth, logging into bank accounts, debit card number, but credit cards are ok (if CC hacked, more easily fixed).

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Re: Fios mcafee home network protection — any good?
Posted by: TXUEN ()
Date: February 21, 2019 06:59AM

Up a crick Wrote:
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> So Verizon is trying to get subscribers to shift
> from router based parental and access controls to
> some software overlay system. I’m thinking this
> adds overhead, reduces speed, and risks sharing
> too much data with Mcafee.
>
> Any thoughts from the tech crowd?

Yes, security software does reduce speed, not too badly, and has some overhead, but the tradeoff is you getting hacked and have to rebuild your computer from an infection or worse getting your identity stolen and cleaning up that situation. As far as sharing information with McAfee, https://www.mcafee.com/enterprise/en-us/about/legal/privacy.html which need to read as everyone's preferences are different what wish to share.

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Re: Fios mcafee home network protection — any good?
Posted by: Anduin ()
Date: May 15, 2019 05:13PM

Is there any vpn with ad blocking function?

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Re: Fios mcafee home network protection — any good?
Posted by: Pi-hole ()
Date: May 15, 2019 05:22PM

Anduin Wrote:
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> Is there any vpn with ad blocking function?


Just set up a Pi-hole. Works great.

https://pi-hole.net/

Or you can do the same with pfsense, DD-WRT, etc.

Or easier use an ad-blocking DNS:

https://smarthomeflow.com/ad-blocking-dns-for-router/

The advantage of running your own is that you can control things better since the blocking may at times break some things that you want to work.

Out-going VPNs are a waste of time and money for most people.

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Re: Fios mcafee home network protection — any good?
Posted by: Anduin ()
Date: May 16, 2019 04:09AM

thn

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Re: Fios mcafee home network protection — any good?
Posted by: escapeyourfate ()
Date: May 16, 2019 04:15AM

Perhaps there are some vpn that can block ads, but I think that there you need to have some knowledge to customize all this. I find it easier to simply install a browser extension, such as https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/ad-blocker-ininja/nikbookgikighfcfijodlhmffkfcemnc . Such extensions also effectively cope with advertising.

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Re: Fios mcafee home network protection — any good?
Posted by: Just my two cents ()
Date: May 16, 2019 08:15AM

Up a crick Wrote:
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> So Verizon is trying to get subscribers to shift
> from router based parental and access controls to
> some software overlay system. I’m thinking this
> adds overhead, reduces speed, and risks sharing
> too much data with Mcafee.
>
> Any thoughts from the tech crowd?

No, I don't think it's worth it. Just replace the DNS settings on your router with OPENDNS and you'll basically get the same thing for free.

Not a fan of McAfee. They try to me all things to all people and they're just too sloppy. They are not super popular in the business world. IT Security is becoming very competitive and that's a good thing.

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