General Chat Thread, Whats your home PC security setup? in General; I'm just wondering what kind of security measures you all have in place on your home computers, or what regular ...
20th January 2011, 12:51 PM #1
Whats your home PC security setup?
I'm just wondering what kind of security measures you all have in place on your home computers, or what regular maintenance you perform like spyware scans, malware scans etc, and what software you would recommend for security?
- Avast! Free edition
+ Monthly full system scan
- Spybot S&D
+ Monthly full system scan
- Standard Windows Firewall
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20th January 2011, 12:52 PM #2
MSE - Daily full scan ( I own a teenage boy, I'd rather know sooner than later)
A-squared free and MBAM - weekly scans
20th January 2011, 12:53 PM #3
Microsoft security essentials. I just scan when it nags me that i've not scanned in a while.
20th January 2011, 12:58 PM #4
Full scan every few months
Scan downloaded files with both
20th January 2011, 12:58 PM #5
I use Microsoft Security Essentials. I just scan it when it moans at me for not doing it. I know I should probably do it more often
20th January 2011, 12:59 PM #6
I have a Mac, I use the free Sophos for mac eekk! As much as i dislike the enterprise product the one for Mac is pretty good.
20th January 2011, 01:01 PM #7
Hardware firewall on my router, AV software turned off by default.
I run an AV scan periodically, but no regular timings, just when I think about it.
Otherwise I turn all the rest off. On a daily basis I visit the same sites, all of them either official or I'm an admin on it. It's exceedingly rare that i go anywhere else. I use web based email mostly, with outlook for long term storage/contacts management, so email viruses aren't an issue.
And I don't use stupid things like Limewire etc, I tend to wait till most TV comes out on DVD/blueray, and i watch movies on blue ray. I occasionally grab the odd album, but maybe 2-3 per year.
The way I see it, if some hacker REALLY wants access to my system, they will get in no matter how many bits of software I run. Since I'm not idiotic to click on links I don't know/trust, I dont get the accidental/sneaky stuff, so why do I need to run software that takes up resources I can better use elsewhere?
Though I have to say, since I got my new I7 machine, I haven't managed to put the CPU about 50-60% yet, and that was running 2 EvE game clients on max detail in windowed mode with media player, mIRC, TS, and a couple of web browsers running. I'm not too afraid of my AV hogging resources anymore, so might start turning on some of it.
20th January 2011, 01:07 PM #8
AVG Free, the inbuilt Windows 7 firewall and common sense.
Seems to work ok for me.
20th January 2011, 01:17 PM #9
Firewall on the Sky netgear router, Windows Vista inbuilt firewall. Sophos AV
Rarely do a system scan
20th January 2011, 01:20 PM #10
Primary OS - Puppy Linux 5.2 booting from USB, no AV etc, bothered.
Secondary OS -Win7, MSE installed, that's it.
Firewall set to SPi on Router, apart from that..zip. I like my free CPU cycles.
Router on plug-in timer to kill it off post midnight until 8am.
Puppy for web unless I have a dire need for Windows - it's faster, RAM based, and unless I opt to save the user space, it all gets obliterated at reboot/off.
For bittorrent etc, I use my KS330 NAS running SnakeOS and a 20gb Ext2 HDD, and the built in transmission client on there. Works lovely.
Last edited by Sirbendy; 20th January 2011 at 01:22 PM.
20th January 2011, 01:37 PM #11
Eset Smart Security (Virus,Antispyware, Firewall in one).
From the people who make Nod32 antivirus.
It seems very good and its nice and low on resources.
20th January 2011, 01:38 PM #12
McAfee Anti Virus, Malware Bytes, Windows Firewall
Run full scan once a week (usually over night)
20th January 2011, 01:38 PM #13
Microsoft SE on all my PCs with the normal Windows Firewall - 9 times outa 10 in my experiance virisus and so on get on a PC because of user neglect not because of lack of software (although lack of software could be counted as neglect as well I gues....).
20th January 2011, 01:44 PM #14
20th January 2011, 01:47 PM #15
i use the antivirus bit (wasn't interested in the firewall part) and it seems the best one so far for me.
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