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Discussion in 'Computer Security' started by marko, Nov 12, 2004.

  1. marko

    marko Guest

    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
    marko, Nov 12, 2004
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  2. marko

    nemo outis Guest

    In article <fHald.24463$>,
    "marko" <> 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.
    nemo outis, Nov 12, 2004
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  3. 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.

    --
    Dave
    fluidly unsure, Nov 13, 2004
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  4. marko

    SteveB Guest

    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 (nemo outis)> wrote in message
    news:ZGbld.209267$%k.46379@pd7tw2no...
    > In article <fHald.24463$>,
    > "marko" <> 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.
    >
    SteveB, Nov 14, 2004
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