Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Australian site recommends second opinions on virus scans, firewalls; keep experimenting

As Australian site Arnet has an interesting article by Lincoln Spector dealing with how a “protected PC” gets infected, here.

Spector recommends “second opinions” from second anti-virus vendors (although some cause conflicts – I find that McAfee and Kaspersky don’t interfere on an XP machine). He also recommends not depending on Windows Firewall, which has been criticized for the ability to monitor outgoing packets in a wireless environment (possibly even if your home has a wireless router if you think there is any practical risk of wardriving).

He even recommends not using the same vendor for anti-virus and firewall, as the recommendations for the “best buy” of each keep changing every few months.

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