Articles in Category: Security Software
I have recommendations for specific security software and techniques in various places on the site. Here’s a short summary.
It’s tempting to think more is better when it comes to anti-spyware and anti-virus software and firewalls. In reality, too many can cause trouble.
Over the years, your choices when it comes to anti-malware tools have become simpler, yet frustratingly imprecise.
Your school (or whoever provides your internet connection) can see what you’re connecting to. Do they? There’s no way to know.
There’s a lot of garbage on the internet, and it’s difficult to prevent your children from seeing it. There are tools to help and steps to take.
It’s possible to get malware, even with anti-malware tools installed. Why the heck is that true?
We’re often enticed or directed to websites we’ve never been to before. We’ll look at a couple of tools to help identify safe websites.
Letting your anti-malware subscription lapse is never a good idea. I’ll look at why that is, and available alternatives.
Any software company with ties outside the U.S. comes under scrutiny. Should you be worried?
Microsoft’s response to the recent Windows Defender zero-day vulnerability was an example of how the system is supposed to work.
Sometimes, the best way to remove malware is to reboot your system and run a completely separate tool. I’ll list some of the most popular.
When malware prevents your anti-malware tools from working, the built-in Windows Defender Offline is your first line of defense.
Should you trust your security software to make the right recommendations? Typically, yes, as long as you’re using reputable software.
If that large file is a backup image, then maybe your anti-malware tool knows what I know… that there’s no point in scanning it.
If you follow a few security measures it’s perfectly safe to uninstall an old anti-malware program and then install your new choice.
Preventing one type of malware is not going to help you in the long run. And if it does help in the short run… then you may have a bigger problem!
It’s best to uninstall old anti-virus software before installing a new one, assuming you make sure to stay safe during the transition.
Windows Defender is basically Security Essentials by another name… except for the time when it wasn’t. Defender is included in Windows 8, except if you want to run it offline. MSE is a download. Yes, it’s confusing, but I’ll explain.
There are lots of modules and widgets available online that help websites appear to identify who you are. Your VPN isn’t involved at all.
A VPN service can offer a certain amount of security, but it ‘s dangerous to think it’s doing things for which it is not designed.
Recently statements were made by a Microsoft spokesperson that some interpreted as implying that Microsoft was giving up on Microsoft Security Essentials. I went to the source and asked for clarification.
When you install a new anti-malware tool on a machine that has similar programs already, you may see a warning about possible conflicts. Basically, you have three choices to continue.
Malicious Software Removal Tool is something that’s downloaded and run by automatic updates, regardless of the anti-malware tools that you may already use, to provide a base level protection to the operating system.
The “potentially unprotected” warning seems fairly common in situations where you really are still protected. I’ll cover several theories as to why it might appear.
TrueCrypt provides a solution for encrypting sensitive data – everything from portable, mountable volumes to entire hard disks.