More on safer computing

20 Aug

It would appear to be like “safe sex” – not 100% reliable, but far better than nothing if you have good condoms.

Yahoo7 drew attention this afternoon to the top 100 infected sites based on number of threats detected by Norton Safe Web as of August 2009. They only offer the top 30 on that page, and so far as I can tell I have never been to any of them.

Why I have so interested in such things lately you may see from Multicultural Surry Hills, and How to Kill a Toshiba and Watching TV again: Jack Mundey; scary computer stuff.

What firewall do you use? Have a look at Proactive Security Challenge and look for yours in the list. You may get a shock. The ACER I am now using since the Toshiba was eaten by malware now has Outpost Firewall Free 2009 in place of the Windows one. The ACER also came packaged with McAfee Internet Security 2009 which according to the Proactive Challenge has a security rating of 2/10 and scored 12%!


Posted by on August 20, 2009 in awful warnings, computers, web stuff, www


3 responses to “More on safer computing

  1. Kevin

    August 26, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    I live in a backwoods town, and appear to be the only person who likes fixing flaky computers. As such, I fix some neighbor’s computer ~ once every two weeks. Do you want to never have computer troubles again? Here’s how!

    1) Get a good firewall that blocks incoming AND outgoing connections without your permission. I recommend Netlimiter 2, but you can use whatever you want. Don’t trust that list you just linked. Kaspersky is also good (as your link says), but some of the ones it promotes don’t firewall outgoing connections. ZoneAlarm is also good, but your link says it is not. Your link is wrong:). The only reason ZA sucks is that it doesn’t play well with Kaspersky Anti-Virus. Or Norton, I think.

    2) Get a good anti-virus program. If you are into dealing with the nuts and bolts of things, get Kaspersky Anti-Virus. If not, get Norton anti-virus (not the ‘internet security’ thing. Just the anti-virus program). Kaspersky is a bit better, but Norton is a bit easier to use. Your call.

    3) Download, update and run these two free programs monthly. Spybot Search and Destroy, and SpywareBlaster. MAKE SURE TO CLICK ‘IMMUNIZE’ ON SPYBOT SEARCH AND DESTROY! That one click makes you immune to 99% of the malware out there.

    4) Lastly, download Malwarebytes. Get the free version, not the one you have to pay for. Update and run it once every few months. It will give you a list of problems. You can pretty much just click ‘fix selected problems’ to resolve things. It’s probably the most amazing software in my entire list. If you’ve got problems, it WILL find them. I’ve never tried the version that costs money. I’d love to hear about people’s experience with it though.

    If you follow those four relatively simple steps, you’re all but guaranteed to have no problems with your computer.

    But I’m just a hardcore conservative. What do I know? :).

  2. Kevin

    August 26, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    Also, John Howard is awesome.

  3. Neil

    August 26, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    Pretty much what I had on the old computer, but this one broke through — with a little unwise help from me.


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