Tweaks to enhance the security of the following set up?

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02 Jul, 2017 08:17 PM

Downloaded the new TFF release and it's working very smoothly... Very pleased and thank you for all your efforts which keep us up and running!!
Headed over to PC Luddite for some casual reading... :)
Began to ponder security issues on reading some entries there.
The question of course hit me... is my set up secure.
Specifically, I have a Mac FW800 dual 1.42 running 10.5.8... Firewall is set... hardware router is in place... and I'm running TFF...
Question of VPN use was raised. So I wondered, are there specific TFF settings which may best enhance security. Does a TFF add-on exist to establish a VPN like function? I noticed Opera includes that feature on it's for (Intel) Macs version. Just wondering about any tweaks that might be advisable.
Thanks in advance... and keep up the great work!!
drk

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Chris (chtrusch... on 05 Jul, 2017 07:41 PM

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    Strictly speaking, it's not secure to use any Mac OS that doesn't have the latest patches from Apple.

    Less strictly speaking, it has been less and less feasible for malware programmers to compile their "software" for PPC Macs in the recent years. It's Intel-only, like pretty much any software currently under development, with a few notable exceptions such as TFF.

    TenFourFox has all the latest security patches from Firefox ESR, i.e. you're as secure as can be here with its default configuration.

    You should be able to use a VPN proxy with TFF, see for example here:
    https://www.cactusvpn.com/tutorials/how-to-set-up-proxy-on-firefox/
    The steps apply to TFF as well. You will need to buy a VPN service and use their IPs and port numbers in TFF.

    I wouldn't advise to use free VPN services as they may be less than dilligent in keeping your data traffic secure. And they may be tempted to sell your data to advertising companies because they need to have a business model of some sort to keep their service up and running. Also be aware that by using a VPN service you simply transfer the job of "they know everything" from your ISP to your VPN provider. Unless you have very specific needs like accessing websites restricted in your country, I'd rather choose a trustworthy ISP than go through the hassle of a VPN service.

  2. 2 Posted by drk atthelake on 06 Jul, 2017 02:20 PM

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    Thank you so very much for your insightful reply... Greatly helpful and appreciated!

    Best regards,
    drk

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