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marko
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      11-12-2004
Can anyone tell me which security system is best for the home user? I've had
Norton Internet security for the past year, when I bought it I was told
there'd be a 10 or-so re-subscription fee at the end of one year. It's more
like double.
Anyway, I installed ZoneAlarm & AVG, my PC is acting like its been injected
with viagra, it's sooooo much faster. But is my pc secure?

ps. Norton's a bugger to uninstal

Marko


 
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      11-12-2004
In article <fHald.24463$(E-Mail Removed)>,
"marko" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:
>Can anyone tell me which security system is best for the home user? I've had
>Norton Internet security for the past year, when I bought it I was told
>there'd be a 10 or-so re-subscription fee at the end of one year. It's more
>like double.
>Anyway, I installed ZoneAlarm & AVG, my PC is acting like its been injected
>with viagra, it's sooooo much faster. But is my pc secure?
>
>ps. Norton's a bugger to uninstal
>
>Marko



While Norton works, it is nearly universally reviled by those who
know for its tendency to put down roots so deep Internet Explorer
seems benign by comparison. Not to mention that it is slow
intrusive bloatware with a pernicious activation scheme.

As for what is the best "security system" my opinion is that that
is like asking what car is best as both a limousine and trash
hauler. No, with rare exceptions, specific targeted applications
are preferable to these single-source combinations.

For anti-virus, arguably the "best" is Kaspersky (although its
interface, etc. is a tad geeky). AVG, while not quite as
effective, is very lightweight.

Firewalls are trickier because the question arises of whether
they are to be used by those who never go under the hood or
whether they will be specifically configured.

Among the best are Agnitum's Outpost, the little-known but superb
Look n Stop, and yes, for those who want a right-out-of-the-box
solution, Zonealarm

Supplement with Spybot and Adaware for the stuff that does get
through.

And eschew all use of bug-ridden and security-weak M$products
like Internet Explorer and Outlook in favour of others like
Firefox.

And be sure to put a hardware router (with NAT and ideally with
stateful packet inspection etc. also) right out front.

Regards,

PS That's the core toolbox - but you can add many other
specialized bits and pieces.

 
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fluidly unsure
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      11-13-2004
marko wrote:
> Can anyone tell me which security system is best for the home user?


Sounds like Nemo covered all the bases. You might want to look at my
post in 2.helpdesk ("annoying bastards").

I've found that most security software work just about as efficiently as
the others, but rarely do they work the same way. It's kind of "6 of 1
or 1/2dz of another".

I think the best way to decide what you want is to figure-out which has
the interface you are most comfortable with. That way you will work with
it as much as possible.

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Dave
 
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SteveB
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      11-14-2004
If you use F-Secure Internet Security 2004 you get the Kaspersky AV scanner
with an effective firewall, all in a simple interface with automatic daily
updates. You still need a good spyware program though, I use Pest Patrol
running in the background with occasional Spybot manual checks.


<nemo http://www.velocityreviews.com/forums/(E-Mail Removed) (nemo outis)> wrote in message
news:ZGbld.209267$%k.46379@pd7tw2no...
> In article <fHald.24463$(E-Mail Removed)>,
> "marko" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:
>>Can anyone tell me which security system is best for the home user? I've
>>had
>>Norton Internet security for the past year, when I bought it I was told
>>there'd be a 10 or-so re-subscription fee at the end of one year. It's
>>more
>>like double.
>>Anyway, I installed ZoneAlarm & AVG, my PC is acting like its been
>>injected
>>with viagra, it's sooooo much faster. But is my pc secure?
>>
>>ps. Norton's a bugger to uninstal
>>
>>Marko

>
>
> While Norton works, it is nearly universally reviled by those who
> know for its tendency to put down roots so deep Internet Explorer
> seems benign by comparison. Not to mention that it is slow
> intrusive bloatware with a pernicious activation scheme.
>
> As for what is the best "security system" my opinion is that that
> is like asking what car is best as both a limousine and trash
> hauler. No, with rare exceptions, specific targeted applications
> are preferable to these single-source combinations.
>
> For anti-virus, arguably the "best" is Kaspersky (although its
> interface, etc. is a tad geeky). AVG, while not quite as
> effective, is very lightweight.
>
> Firewalls are trickier because the question arises of whether
> they are to be used by those who never go under the hood or
> whether they will be specifically configured.
>
> Among the best are Agnitum's Outpost, the little-known but superb
> Look n Stop, and yes, for those who want a right-out-of-the-box
> solution, Zonealarm
>
> Supplement with Spybot and Adaware for the stuff that does get
> through.
>
> And eschew all use of bug-ridden and security-weak M$products
> like Internet Explorer and Outlook in favour of others like
> Firefox.
>
> And be sure to put a hardware router (with NAT and ideally with
> stateful packet inspection etc. also) right out front.
>
> Regards,
>
> PS That's the core toolbox - but you can add many other
> specialized bits and pieces.
>



 
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