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Anyone any recommendations? I dont fancy another subscription to Norton Internet so was wondering what people used.
 

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XPs own firewall is fine you really dont need another, just learn howto
configure it properly, and as above avg free edition is great
 

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XPs own firewall is fine you really dont need another, just learn howto configure it properly, and as above avg free edition is great
your having a laugh.

dont listen 2 a word of that. At the very least you should be using Zonealarm and AVG Antivirus is a good partner. also Spywareblaster, spybot & Tweaknow power pack + others
 

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Why isnt xps firewall adequete? come tell so long as the machine is patched ok

The best protection he could do is to stop using IE and usie Mozzilla
or Firefox and dont run Outlook Express either, use thunderbird or
pegasus.
 

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Yes but why overload the system with a dozen different things tod it already has a hard enough time running your own apps

Basically my philosphy is this, (I have been virus and spayware free for 12 months now, virus free for 2 years)

Run Automatic updates religiously

Run an alternative browser, evn firefox is getting a bit popular, this cure the spyware/trojan bit

Run AVG free AV and let it scan regularily however keep a manual ey on its updates

If You run any server softwre IIS / mdaemon Check the Logs regularuily (More for nerds)

Disable the guest account

Rename the administrator account

Dont uuse outlook express use thunderbird

Use strong passwords alphanumeric 6/7 characters long

Dont install or let the kids install crap software of the net

Uninstall all unused software including the microsft stuff (Ie the
games) this has the bonus of cutting the No of needed auto updates

Run the XP firewll, and make sure fie and print etal are blocked from the outside world

My advice is if you feel that the XP firewall aint good enough, then go
and get a hardware router something like like a draytek that can do
packet inspection etc and use that, however your biggest risk is
scripts on errant website and emails, so that why i do all my little
bits above

Oh yes BACKUP ALL THE TIME a usb disk and 250gb drive are cheap now,
get one and use the XP's builtin backup software (search microsoft for
XP ntbackup) and take it too work or your mums and leave it there
all the protective software in the world wont help if thing gets
stolen!!!!
 

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What I follow (and never had spyware or a virus) is:

  • Use a hardware firewall (faster than software and more secure)
  • Use AVG free edition
  • Use Firefox, not IE wherever you can.
  • Use Thunderbird or other for an email client.

Using a hardware firewall will free up resources on your PC and can't
be broken,switched off, corrupted by anything you do. They are pretty
cheap these days and well worth it (if you are on Boradband of course).
 

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  • Use Thunderbird or other for an email client.

Can Usenet/newsgroups be subscribed to and read with Thunderbird like they can with Outlook Express?

[EDIT] - Yes Thunderbird does cater for Newsgroups.

Been using it for the last hour or so and will probably never go back to OE again.

Firefox and Thunderbird are a great combo.
 

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I use the Sygate Firewall, which is a free Download HERE

Although hardware firewalls are good at blocking traffic from the Internet they treat all traffic from the local newtork to the Internet as safe. So if a Trojan/keylogger has been installed on your computer via a web page or email attachment it will just let it through. Software firewalls will block these.

I also use AVG Antivirus, Free as well [:)]
 

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Wheres the AVG free anti virus? I can only find the one you buy on
their site. I also have problems with Firefox in that some of the web
pages shake up and down when i use it.
 

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So can software firewalls with the right exploit clicked on. Anything can be gotten round when it's single layer, you'd have to go overkill to be "very" safe, and you'll always be very slightly at risk no matter what you do... The risk just goes flying down the more measures you take! [:)]
 

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Been using :

Sygate, (with my own additional rules)

AVG - very good!

MS Spyware - it MS but its good!!

Diamondguard (I think??) Worm guard! - I only ever know its there when it pops up!

Usual upgrades of all the above plus XP upgrades, haven't had a problem for 3 years + !![Y]

But no doubt, there will be some ultra zeus mega tron virus (or something!) that will dodge and weave its way in to all our systems one day! we can only be 99% safe!
 

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How hard is it to configure all of the above to work on a home network? I have three computers that share files with the main computer and one of the problems i normally find with firewalls is that they prevent access to the computer that holds all the files.
 
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