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25. My choices

Ako's current choices for protection

Free setup  for my friends and relatives. Here robustness and simplicity are as important as efficiency of protection:

  • Avast
  • Windows firewall
  • Panda USB vaccine
  • LUA

My personal setup

  • LUA+TweakUAC
  • Sandboxie $
  • F-Secure client security $
  • Winpatrol Plus $
  • No Autorun

Scanners:

  • Hitman Pro
  • Malwarebytes Antimalware

Backup:

  • Syncback
  • Paragon
  • Windows 7 built-in backup

Other security-related programs I use:

  • Secunia PSI
  • Virustotal Uploader

Ako's banking advice

1) Use one LUA for ALL everyday use and make another LUA which is used ONLY for banking. The point is, that if the everyday LUA is infected, the infection is almost always limited to that account. (99% safety guaranteed. This of course requires, that  you are not yet infected, and don't install malware with adminstrative rights in the future.)

and/or

2) Use one browser only for banking and a separate browser for everything else. This gives some extra safety.


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by MidnightCowboy on 21. September 2012 - 5:00  (99536)

Certainly the coding needs a lot more work. :)

by vodomar on 19. September 2012 - 23:10  (99480)

FIX IT!
Update on Friday, 21. Sept.

Microsoft Security Advisory: Vulnerability in Internet Explorer could allow remote code execution
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2757760

by john phoenix (not verified) on 19. September 2012 - 6:50  (99455)

The best security for Anonymity/Privacy I have come up with for free, is a combination of using Https Everywhere and either VPNDirect Lite or Softflux for choice of a Free VPN. This combo working together helps you to encrypt all information from your computer through the VPN and to your destination. Both offers unlimited bandwidth which is important for watching movies and downloading software. Both has fast connection speeds with no annoying periodic resets. Both have strong privacy policies. The major difference is VPNDirect Lite allows you to use torrents and Softflux doesn't. These are way better choices than SecurityKiss which only offers a 300 MB bandwidth cap daily or UltraSurf which is only Internet Explorer based and has it's own problems. I have searched the internet for a long time to come up with this combination and so far, it's the best that I can find. I think Ako would be remiss in his duties to his fans not to investigate and review these options.

by vodomar on 20. September 2012 - 9:56  (99495)

Please give me a link to Softflux vpn service.SPOTflux is already in s. 14,18 :) thx

by JohnPhoenix (not verified) on 21. September 2012 - 7:55  (99540)

Talk about a brain fart. I meant spotflux, for some reason I keep wanting to call it by other names. I didn't see spotflux in the right list until after I posted but I notice VPNDirect Lite is not reviewed and that's the better of the two IMO. It's the only free VPN that lets you use torrents and is unlimited. I would like someone with a really fast net connection to test it to find it's speed cap. I know it's at least as fast as my 3.5 mb/sec DSL connection.

by Ako (the) (not verified) on 20. September 2012 - 8:09  (99493)

thanks! We will look at this.

by vodomar on 18. September 2012 - 2:35  (99406)

ALERT

Microsoft Releases Security Advisory 2757760

Today we released Security Advisory 2757760 to address an issue that affects Internet Explorer 9 and earlier versions if a user views a website hosting malicious code. Internet Explorer 10 is not affected.

http://blogs.technet.com/b/msrc/archive/2012/09/17/microsoft-releases-se...

Critical zero-day bug in Internet Explorer under active attack
http://arstechnica.com/security/2012/09/critical-zero-day-bug-in-microso...

by MidnightCowboy on 18. September 2012 - 4:40  (99409)

This is something MS users should be aware of in relation to this latest exploit.

"Even when people don't actively use IE, many utilities and third-party applications make use of IE code. That opens the possibility that people on public WiFi systems and other unsecured networks could inject malicious code into a victim's Web traffic in an attempt to exploit the vulnerability.

"Just keep in mind that even if you don't use IE for day-to-day browsing, a lot of tools you use do embed IE and those are vulnerable," Moore said."

by vodomar on 17. September 2012 - 13:31  (99381)

@craiu
#Flame was just one of the four malwares known to the C&C servers, codenamed: SP, SPE, FL and IP. Guess which one was Flame?

https://www.securelist.com/en/blog/750/Full_Analysis_of_Flame_s_Command_...
http://www.symantec.com/connect/blogs/have-i-got-newsforyou-analysis-fla...

by other human (not verified) on 15. September 2012 - 16:11  (99304)

http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/top-freeware-picks-category-editors.htm, Page 4, fifth item, you list Best Free File Encryption Utility for Windows - TrueCrypt. Yet, on this very list, , you list TrueCrypt in the Encrypting with virtual drives (category 19.7).
To me and most other encryption software users, a file encryption utility _and_ virtual encrypted drive software are completely different. I completely agree with placing TrueCrypt in the Encrypting with virtual drives category, like you have done here, no argument at all.

I only ask that you (or the proper category editor) select a NEW and proper file encryption utility from category 19.3 as your top pick. You misinterpret TrueCrypt for its correct usage. Pick something else for Best Free File Encryption Utility for Windows.

p_l_e_a_s_e

by vodomar on 15. September 2012 - 17:23  (99308)

hi and thx for the comment.your comment was submitted to the editor philip :) see my post on
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-file-encryption-utility.htm#co...

by vodomar on 14. September 2012 - 9:20  (99242)

AV-TEST July/August 2012:

23 home user products reviewed, 21 certified on Win XP

http://www.av-test.org/en/tests/home-user/julaug-2012/

by MidnightCowboy on 14. September 2012 - 9:31  (99243)

Good to see my choice (Zone Alarm Free Antivirus + Firewal) getting a top score and the free version of AVG scoring the same for protection as the paid suite.

by vodomar on 8. September 2012 - 21:42  (98969)
by Terry34 (not verified) on 7. September 2012 - 15:25  (98915)

Hi Ako,

I notice SecurityKISS VPN listed in the Prisoners on remand section, could I ask why?

The reason I ask is because I had looked into using a vpn some time ago, and SecurityKISS didn't look too bad a choice. Did I miss something?

Thanks,
Terry.

by ako (the) (not verified) on 7. September 2012 - 18:01  (98923)

The free version is too limited to be useful. Has this changed?

by "joe" (not verified) on 9. September 2012 - 0:45  (98973)

huh. i was thinking of using it too.
how is it too limited?

by ako (the) (not verified) on 9. September 2012 - 8:25  (98984)

The number of megabytes per day was very small when I last time checked it.

by vodomar on 9. September 2012 - 13:22  (98990)

yeah...but,things have changed :D SecurityKiss added in section 14.17
thx for the comments guys :)

by ako on 10. September 2012 - 7:11  (99031)

Thanks Vodomar and guys!
:-)

by vodomar on 6. September 2012 - 12:28  (98870)

Honeypot reveals mass surveillance of BitTorrent downloaders

http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2012/09/06/honeypot-monitoring-bittorren...

by vodomar on 4. September 2012 - 12:38  (98745)

ALERT
How to check if your Apple device UDID has been compromised by the AntiSec leak
http://thenextweb.com/apple/2012/09/04/heres-check-apple-device-udid-com...

FBI Agent's Laptop 'Hacked' To Grab 12 Million Apple IDs
http://www.forbes.com/sites/parmyolson/2012/09/04/fbi-agents-laptop-hack...

The UDID leak is a privacy catastrophe
http://corte.si/posts/security/udid-leak.html

by "joe" (not verified) on 4. September 2012 - 0:46  (98724)

so is that java problem patched? i uninstalled it in the meantime.

by vodomar.off (not verified) on 4. September 2012 - 6:21  (98732)

nope.uninstalling java is probably the best solution :)

by vodomar.off (not verified) on 4. September 2012 - 11:47  (98743)

F-Secure
About Java

http://www.f-secure.com/weblog/archives/00002419.html

by vodomar on 3. September 2012 - 11:35  (98687)
by MidnightCowboy on 3. September 2012 - 12:14  (98692)

Developers page listed on Softpedia returnms a 404. What else I can find has highly dubious origins. I'd be well inclined to give this one a miss. :)

by Anupam on 3. September 2012 - 12:28  (98693)

It's actually a mistake in the link if you look closely. Anyways, even with the correct link, the antivirus is not there. After searching on Google, I found this link :

http://sdfreeware.weebly.com/

Will be interesting to see what this develops into.
The developer seems to be from Sri Lanka.

by MidnightCowboy on 3. September 2012 - 12:43  (98695)

With links to known attack and red rated WOT sites from that page, as I said, highly dubious origins :)

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