|By Anonymous on Thursday, February 27, 2003 - 02:15 am:|
Some time ago, as a newbie, I aquired Zone Alarm Pro. Then the alerts rained in, what the . was all this, port scans, hacker alerts, embededded objects!! HACKER CLUBS.
Not that paranoid (yet) I thought I'd browse a few security sites, tools and usual stuff.
Then I started downloading a few security
utillities, adware, and such like.
Then my computer had a stroke. I revived it with a complete wipe and re-install. Then I picked up where I left off securing my system, then it died again. Anyway now I don't go looking for security sites, tools, scans, and my computer is well.
Sorry for goin on but my point is ...are these sites, tools, free scans, better or worse for your system? By closing doors, are we just attracting the RATS? Do some of these RATS write security? I wonder!
Go on download.com and read some of the negative reviews, they can't be all wrong, it's interesting reading.
Any advice on security would be much appreciated. Thanks for your time.
|By Josh Lowe on Thursday, February 27, 2003 - 06:31 pm:|
Steve, my recommendation:
Zonealarm is essential if you are connected to the internet by way of anything other than a standard modem. http://www.zonealarm.com
Stay up to date with your windows updates, and with the Internet Explorer security patches (or, use mozilla, http://www.mozilla.org, instead). If you must use IE, be sure to view http://www.trustworthycomputing.com on a frequent basis.
Ad-aware is a wonderful program, and I couldn't survive without it. http://www.lavasoftusa.com
An antivirus program that is kept up to date is essential, obviously.
Most of the other "security" freeware programs come full of spyware and crap, and there isn't much purpose to them. (unless you are looking for PRIVACY, and that's an entirely different issue.)
|By Anonymous on Friday, February 28, 2003 - 06:49 pm:|
Thanks for your time and advice Josh.
I note your comments.
I have the programs you mentioned and now limit my system to basic trusted programs.
The only PRIVACY I seek is just to try and keep these sad xxxxxxxx out.
Josh, could you also advise if you think the Gibson Research site http://grc.com and tools are worth using, especially the concerns it raises regarding SP1. I think the site and tools are good, but I would appreciate your opinion.
Many thanks again Josh. It's good that there are still some people in this forum still interested and helpful.
|By zzmel on Saturday, September 27, 2003 - 08:41 pm:|
Don't be like me. I am a download junkie and over the 7 years that I have been on the internet, I must have downloaded hundreds of programs, some which are good and some were a disaster. At one time I had zone alarm and then I decided to try Black Ice. Needless to say that with both of them, I ran into very strange problems as both firewalls conflicted each other and Norton detected it as an intrusion. Check out GRC as Steve has a wealth of information on security and is not technical. You also can check your ports to see if you are vulnerable for attack. Steve has free tools that are very small and quite good. You will find the site quite interesting.
|By Anonymous on Saturday, August 21, 2004 - 12:50 pm:|
Here it is almost a yr since the last post, and this information is still relevant to me. My 2nd computer is about a month old and I have been overwhelmed by all the security and updating that has to take place. The first things my kids did when we got the new machine was download their beloved music which we found out came with tons of spyware. We got popups left and right, to the point where this brand new computer was almost slower than my old one. Adaware took care of most of them. Another recommended program - Spybot Search and Destroy - had too many disclaimers ("Not responsible for any problems associated wtih downloading this program..", etc. Yikes, I thought it was supposed to do away with problems. I'm not knowledgeable enough to fix things on my own. Now I'm reading about SP2 and how it has its own problems, but how it may only apply to business computers. Who does it pertain to? What should I do? Any recommendations out there? Thanks
|By dreuby on Friday, August 27, 2004 - 07:52 am:|
SP2 will apply to all XP computers - but I'm waiting until the experts have all installed it and wiped out as many bugs as possible! Here's some info:
I use Adaware, Spybot (all programs carry those disclaimers, Spybots' are just more visible!), SpywareGuard http://wildersecurity.com which runs all the time, antivirus, and a firewall, but I was still getting stuff.
I've finally switched browsers to FireFox, and only use IE for Windows Updates.
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