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Comment Re:How so? apk (Score 1) 202

You really cant "harden" any of the old versions of windows though (thousands of zero days knocking around for what are now unsupported systems), and stuff written from earlier than 2007 doesn't really apply to any of the new versions of windows.

While a solid host file is essential (and as you say, there are lots of free ones around now), it wont protect you from material served from hijacked dns, which is fairly common practice now.

Comment Re: Hosts work on Linux & Android (Score 1) 202

this isnt true any more. i had several malvertisers try and push an install of an unknown rpm through chrome before i added the winhelp mvps hosts file to the system. If id been using something like ubuntu instead of an otherwise hardened system they would quite possibly have been successful.

Comment Re: You're obviously illiterate (I said that) (Score 1) 202

a rooted phone is gauranteed to send all your private data to a malicious ip address, wont even use a dns lookup. whats the point in changing the hosts file on a device already hard coded to send everything on the device to the bad guys. why are you recommending android users compromise their device?

Comment Re:They never learn (Score 5, Insightful) 137

You mean someone other than the people who work in the uk government, like that bunch of criminals isnt enough?

More importantly I suspect this will quite quickly drive many large businesses out of London. Those companies rely on their secrets, the prospect of any bored intern "with their heart in the right place" being able to send their every dirty secret to the daily mail almost certainly will gaurantee those already concerned by brexit relocate their offices sharpish.

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