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Old 01-07-2018,
AbbieHowar AbbieHowar is offline
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Default Keep your trading computer separate

I have debated a long time on posting this or not but in the end I just have to do it. This is not a warning about scams, pump and dumps, or that sort of thing but another beast. This would be an issue for someone who runs a lot of money or someone who with secret sauce stuff. I do not fall in either category but I don't want to be snooped either.

I have been through many chat rooms in my brief time as a trader. One of the most alarming one I found recently is that some of the chat rooms, where you can be made a presenter, can snoop in on what you see and what you hear. Most of the time without you knowing it. These software were not made explicitly to snoop in on you but it is a side effect of not adding controls on the client side to prevent such a thing from happening. So just be aware that you can be snooped if you are in a chat room where you can be made a presenter. The fix for this is to put chat rooms in a separate computer. You can also throttle your upload bandwidth but I've found this causes problems for people who don't know what they are doing. The best solution for me has been to get a router and put the chat rooms/news/web browsing on a separate computer from the trading computer.
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Old 01-09-2018,
abidicefajoj abidicefajoj is offline
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As an added bonus I recently found that my chat box computer got a virus and I could not get rid of it until I did a full re-install from the CD. I found I had a virus when I started the computer in the morning and it kept locking up. Since my trading was done on another pc, I was able to successfully exit my overnight position using the trading computer while the operating system was being reinstalled on the other computer.

Anyway, not all chat rooms will snoop on you but some will if given the chance. Also you are not using your cpu cycles to process video from chat rooms or watching news. Most computers today can easily do multiple things and my trading computer barely uses 2% of its cpu during the day. When the flash crash of 2010 happened I saw people panicking or groaning in the chat room because their computers were locking up and they could not trade. I had no problems. I've upgraded twice since then but the trading computer always stays solely as a trading computer. After an upgrade, the old trading computer becomes the chat box. If there is a spare then that becomes a back-up.

Have a profitable 2013 and I hope post has provided some value to you.
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Old 01-10-2018,
Abnormal Returns Abnormal Returns is offline
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I use a separate machine for forums, chat, news, streaming whatever....keep the trade and investing machine separate if it a workhorse and more than just an occasional broker transaction.
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Old 01-12-2018,
abuaboyisonib abuaboyisonib is offline
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My thoughts. Good post, security is an issue!
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Old 01-12-2018,
AddieLowe AddieLowe is offline
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What do you think would be a good/minimum budget and specs should be to build a PC for trading as oppose to buying a branded one from the store?
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