Re: New computer, which security software?

From: Mark Gibson (
Date: 08/01/04

Date: Sun, 1 Aug 2004 17:35:06 +0000 (UTC)

If someone would mail me the ltest Redhat Linux discs, I'd be using it.
They take far too long to download over a 56Kbps dialup link -- it tends
to drop in the middle of the DL.

Mark "" Gibson

Bill Unruh <> wrote:
>Al Smith <> writes:

>]> Hello,
>]> My new PC arrived yesterday and I am trying to find out what
>]> software people
>]> recommend having loaded to avoid Virus's, Trojan's, unwanted Ads etc.

>]It's a short but almost universal list. Everything is available
>]for free.

>You forgot one-- get an OS that is less vulnerable-- like Linux.
>It is also free.

>]1. ZoneAlarm for a firewall, running fulltime if you are on highspeed.
>]2. AVG for a free antivirus scanner, running fulltime. Do a full
>]scan about once a week.
>]3. AdAware to get rid of adware -- run it every week or so.
>]4. Spybot Search and Destroy to eliminate various kinds of malware
>]-- run it every week or so.
>]5. Periodically, say every couple of weeks, you should run Stinger
>]from McAfee.

>]None of this will help you unless you turn off most of the default
>]settings and services in Windows XP, stop using Internet Explorer,
>]and stop using Outlook or Outlook Express.

>]If you want security you will need to get used to inconvenience.
>]You cannot have both security and convenience at the same time.
>]You will have to get used to some Web sites not working fully
>]because you've got such things as Active X, Java, Frames and
>]JavaScript turned off while you surf. When you absolutely need to
>]access such a site, turn what you need on for that site only, then
>]turn it off again.

>]The Mozilla suite is a good substitute for Internet Explorer and
>]Outlook Express. It's free.

>It is recommended that IE be gotten rid of by CERT.

 "I have the power to channel
  my imagination into ever-soaring levels
  of suspicion and paranoia."
                -- MDK 

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