Saturday, 16 March 2013

Selecting the right security options for your system.

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In this article, I will be discussing various methods by which you can secure your system from external attacks.
This post includes the selection of the right antivirus and security tools, configuration of your Operating System's security settings and more.



1. Selecting the right antivirus.
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People often ask me "Which is the best antivirus as of now?". That's such a wrong and vast question. That's similar to asking "Which is the best color in the world?".

Different people have different opinions as to which the "best" antivirus is.
The right question would be "Which would be the best antivirus for me?".

You have to ask yourself what kind of antivirus you're looking for and this depends entirely on your system specifications and the type of work you do.

For example, if you use your system mainly for gaming purposes, you should look for an antivirus that has specific configurations such that your gaming experience is not interrupted.

BitDefender and Zone Alarms Security AV are two great antiviruses preferred by a vast majority of gamers because of their option to switch into "gaming mode".

If you're looking for a lightweight, free antivirus that can provide the necessary protection, I would suggest that you go with Avira or Avast . They are of standard quality and are known to be good security providers.
These antiviruses also take up less memory to operate and are therefore preferred by users with systems that have below average - average specifications.

If you have money to spend and also have a decent system with memory to spare, I would recommend that you go with Avira Premium, Kaspersky Internet Security or ESET Nod 32.
Avira is actually a great antivirus that is incredibly underrated and in many cases, underestimated. They are able to detect encrypted malware with ease when other antiviruses fail to.

I hope the above tips have helped you select a good antivirus.
However, an antivirus alone is not necessary for the protection of your system.




2. Installing MalwareBytes Anti-Malware (MBAM).
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MalwareBytes Anti-Malware is NOT an antivirus itself; atleast the free version is not.
I'll just quote them directly.
Quote:Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is not meant to be a replacement for antivirus software. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is a complementary but essential program which detects and removes zero-day malware and "Malware in the Wild". This includes malicious programs and files, such as virus droppers, worms, trojans, rootkits, dialers, spyware, and rogue applications that many antivirus programs do not detect or cannot fully remove. That being said, there are many infections that Malwarebytes Anti-Malware does not detect or remove which any antivirus software will, such as file infectors. It is important to note that Malwarebytes Anti-Malware works well and should run alongside antivirus software without conflicts. In some rare instances, exclusions may need to be set for your specific antivirus product to achieve the best possible system performance.

This is a MUST HAVE for a system that connects and saves data from the internet frequently.
You can download the free version from http://www.malwarebytes.org/.
However, if you opt for the paid version, MBAM provides real-time protection, just like an antivirus and the installation of an antivirus becomes optional.

In the system I'm using, I'm running a combination of Avast Pro and MBAM Pro together.
The both of them seem to be running fine without any conflicts.




3. System Firewall.
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How a Firewall works:

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Courtesy: HowStuffWorks.

If you're running the Windows operating system like the average PC user, a Windows Firewall would be installed by default.

I personally am not a great fan of the Windows Firewall. I prefer the firewall provided by ZoneAlarm.

You now have a choice; you can either keep the default Windows Firewall running or you can install a 3rd party Firewall (ex: ZoneAlarm). You cannot keep both, they will have conflicts.

If you decide to keep the default Firewall, goodluck.

If you decide to install a 3rd party firewall, you will need to disable the Windows Firewall first.
Doing this is easy, simply follow the steps below.

Quote:Click Start -> Control Panel -> Security -> Windows Firewall -> Click Turn Windows Firewall on or off -> Click Off.

Now simply download the 3rd party firewall, follow the given instructions and install it.

The firewall is an essential security component, do not take it lightly.



That pretty much concludes this article.

Hope you learned something,
~Arcane.cfg
 

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