Re: Internet / Computer Secutity
From: sh4d03 (sh4d03_at_TPG.com.au)
Date: Mon, 10 Jan 2005 18:19:12 +1100
> Thomas Lees skrev:
>> I am coming to the end of my subscription with Norton Security 2004.
>> But before I go buy the upgrade or otherwise, I want to know what I am
>> using really is the best?
>> I went to http://www.hackerwatch.org/probe
>> And noticed many ports were open, I am on a router btw.
>> I did the same scan on Mcafee Security and all was green for me. So
>> what would be best for me? Norton Security 2005 or Mcafee Security
>> 2005. I even noticed for a cheaper price ZoneAlarm do a full security
>> package? What as the general public, would you recommend?
>> I want anti-spam, anti-virus, firewall and privacy control. Just
>> wonder what you would suggest.
> I think F-secure has a package, it,s far better than Norton, McAffe is
> better too. Norton sucks!
I'm sorry for people who hear me say this a lot but I totally agree with
Tom on Norton. I don't know if there's a brown paper bag full of cash
handed over to Computer magazines who do AV reviews, but Norton IMHO
should NOT receive the high respect it does. I'm a computer technician
who time after time will remove a completely updated, installed
correctly and running correctly version of Norton AV or even NIS and
install an Antivirus solution which we recommend (VET Anti-virus which
is the Australian distribution by Computer Associates) and VET will
instantly find about 10 viruses lurking on the computer that Norton was
completely happy with. Norton Firewall - pfft. If it blocks anything I
usually find it blocks EVERYTHING there's no happy medium. I'm not very
used to McAffee's solution so can't really comment. All I can say is you
MUST be better off with something other than Norton. I find Norton Ghost
and Norton Disk Doctor to be fantastic applications. As far as the
System Security etc Norton is about as effective as Solitaire.
I'm personally a user of Firefox when using Windows (I prefer Linux/UNIX
but am an unoffical Windows Technician). VET Anti-virus keeps me well
out of trouble and I can find out if they ship to any other country
(haven't checked to see where you're from). I use AdAware SE, SpyBot SD
1.3 and SpySweeper to remove SpyWare and SpyWareBlaster to help prevent
it from coming back again. I use Thunderbird for my Email and with some
simple filters set up with Thunderbird 1.0 I have no trouble with SPAM.
All in all, my work can see VET for $66 first up and then Computer
Associates charge AUS$44 per 12 months to keep the application totally
up to date - that means engine, program, signatures, patches - the works.
AdAware SE 1.05 Personal is free
SpySweeper I can't remember what the cost is but it's not too bad
SpyBot SD 1.3 is free
SpyWareBlaster is free
Firefox is free
Thunderbird is free.
VET Antivirus does a sterling job of cleaning incoming Emails and is
constantly doing background scans which are NOT as resource intensive as
that of Norton, McAffee or ZoneAlarm.
Long story short, IMHO steer well clear of NIS _AND_ NAV as neither are
worth the effort.
If you want more information on anything I've said please feel free to
follow the instructions below _carefully_ to contact me.
Best of luck,
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