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Matousec Proactive Security Challenge Analyzed

 

The following sections discuss misleading elements of a popular firewall tester in an attempt to help readers understand the meaning and limitations of its test results. Please don't take it as an attack against the independent service the website provides. I enjoy the website and praise its level of professionalism.

 

1. Overview

The scoring of the Matousec tests (as presented on its comparison table) and some of the site's claims are misleading. To simplify my article, let's consider a simple bowling analogy.

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Safe Computing in Under an Hour

 

Safe Computing in Under an Hour

.... or the Battle of the BOTS*
*Automated internet malware programs

Yes, that's right. You too can secure your PC in under an hour simply by following the guidelines below.
 

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Spyware Removal Guide

 
Introduction

This malware removal guide provides guidance on how to remove malware from your computer. Malware is a general name of any malicious software, including virus, trojan, worm, spyware, adware, keylogger, dialer and rootkit, that tries to damage a system, steal financial data, or perform other such malicious behaviour.

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Eye Chart to Diagnose Conficker Virus

"Quote from Cnet"

Joe Stewart from SecureWorks has put together an effective "eye chart" that sources its graphics from sites that Conficker would block. If you can't see one or more of the images, you're either infected, or image loading in your browser has been disabled.

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HIPS Explained

 

This is my attempt to clarify what a HIPS is, what it does and how best to incorporate a HIPS program into your security protection.

 

What does "HIPS" mean?

It stands for Host Intrusion Prevention System. In essence it's a program that alerts the user to a malware program such as a virus that may be trying to run on the user's computer, or that an unauthorized user such as a hacker may have gained access to the user's computer.

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Best Free Spam Filter for Experienced Users

Introduction

Many spam filters are available employing lots of different techniques. In my experience "learning" spam filters that use the Bayesian statistical approach out-perform most other types of filters. Not only are they better at detecting spam, they are also less liable to classify your real mail as spam.

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Best Free Drive Encryption Utility

Introduction

Encryption is a process of encoding information so that it cannot be accessed by others unless they have the key needed to decode it. Encryption is usually used to protect highly sensitive documents, but it's also a good way to stop people from looking at your personal stuff.

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