Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Is my computer secure (enough)?

Spy wares, Viruses, Hackers, Adware, Tracking cookies....the list is endless. Don't these people have better jobs?

All the above scare me...a little tech savvy guy ;). This question always bugs me...You would like everyone to get on the internet wagon...but how does one have a pleasant experience with all the above mentioned? This one is hard to explain to my mother, who wants get on to the internet to e-mail a few words to her son, without the windows or the internet going down. She is just learning to use the computer. I want to tell her, "It's not your fault". It amazes me that she can do e-mail and Yahoo chat (w/webcam) these days (all by herself, without any external help).

Here is what I did on my home computer.

1. Non-administrative user: I created a "guest" user that I use while I am browsing. When I need to install any programs, I use the Administrator logon.

2. Firewall: I got one from ZoneAlarm. It is pretty good and it auto updates. Free for personal use.

3. Anti-virus: I would like to use McAfee. But they want a yearly subscription for the Auto updates. I used them for 1 year. And I switched to AVG. I have to do a manual update. They frequently update the virus data files. Free for personal use.

4. WinPatrol: I got this from here. This one is a little puppy on my taskbar that watches changes in my registry and browsers. Free for personal use.

WinPatrol

5. Adaware: I run this once in a while to check for spyware. Free for personal use.

6. FireFox: I use FireFox. Internet Explorer is so widely used, spywares generally target it. I use it for another reason that I explained in a previous post.

Get Firefox!

Now let me ask you, Is my computer secure (enough)? (:confused:)

1 comment:

Sudhir Parasuram (Lakkaraju) said...

Here's a list of must have software for a home PC that runs some flavor of Windows. Included in it are tools for protection (firewall, antivirus, antispyware, etc).

You have most of those except for Soybot S&D. Look up my list for more information.

Cheers,
Sudhir.P

http://sudhir-lp.blogspot.com