Our webmaster blogs on Defensive Computing at Computerworld.com. Here are some security software related posts:
formula approach to generating passwords December 17, 2010. The recent infiltration of computers at the Gawker Media Network illustrates how important it is to not re-use passwords. A formula is one way to create multiple unique passwords without having to remember them all.
Kicking the tires on the Avira AntiVir Rescue CD December 4, 2010. Avira's AntiVir is available as a free bootable rescue CD. I took it for a spin on an infected Windows computer.
October 2009 General Meeting
The October 2009 General Meeting featured Michael Horowitz speaking about Secure Wi-Fi Networking,
both at home and when traveling. Below are some relevant articles.
Windows and Online Banking: A Dangerous Mix October 19, 2009
The Best Security for Wireless Networks (home networks)
Being Secure on Public Wi-Fi: VPN, Firewalls, File Sharing
Wi-Fi security: It's a good time to be a bad guy
Introduction to Firewalls
ShieldsUP! at GRC.com
Witopia offers a consumer VPN service
inSSIDer from MetaGeek finds local Wi-Fi networks
Make Firefox flag secure web pages as green
February 2009 General Meeting
At our February 2009 General Meeting a number of NYPC members discussed security software.
Here is part of what they said and recommended.
Michael Horowitz recommended Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware* a
recommendation that Laura Balsam seconded and Mary Ginsburg thirded. The free version of the
software scans on demand and removes malware. The paid version runs all the time
in the background and prevents infection. Everyone told of infected computers that other software
could not clean up but where Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware did the job.
Laura recommended the ZoneAlarm security suite.
Michael demonstrated the tricks used by malicious software that resides on an infected USB flash drive
to fool someone into running the software. There's good news though, he also described a simple zap
to the registry that protects your computer by disabling all autorun.inf files. For more see The
best way to disable Autorun for protection from infected USB flash drives.*
He suggested zapping the registry using the following. Save this to a .reg file and double-click on it. This is three lines,
it may wrap in your web browser, but needs to be a plain text file as three lines.
Our thanks to Patrick McEvoy who recorded the meeting. Here is a 9 minute segment where Michael Horowitz describes how to configure autorun
Michael also suggested OpenDNS. For more see OpenDNS prevents
the Conficker worm from phoning home*.
Michael suggested running a full scan with free software that Windows users already have on their machine,
the Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool. For more see What
you dont know about the Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool*.
As for antivirus software, many people prefer AVG, but Michael suggested AntiVir. Shortly after
the meeting he blogged that
People keep saying good things about Avira's AntiVir.
Avira's Antivir is available at www.free-av.com.
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