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« on: May 23, 2007, 02:32:41 pm »

My subscription for Norton Internet Security is up in a month or so, and I'm in two minds about whether to renew it or go for something different.

Anyone got one that they'd recommend?
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« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2007, 03:10:48 pm »

First I would deffinatly recomend NOT using norton... I have had sooo many fewer issues since I dropped them.

Personally I use free avg at home, and use trend micro here in the office.
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« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2007, 07:27:28 pm »

I'm using Avast for my antivirus and Zone alarm for my firewall. Haven't found an antispyware that I'm happy with yet.
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« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2007, 08:36:55 pm »

Haven't found an antispyware that I'm happy with yet.
Dont like spybot?
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« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2007, 09:11:46 pm »

Kaspersky.

They come out top in most tests and are dead cheap - Only last week I picked up 20 licenses for 80 quid.

(granted I should have only got 10, but a cock up in their billing meant I got double Grin)

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« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2007, 02:47:29 am »

If you want the best ones then Kaspersky or Bit Defender is to get and they are cheap too.

NORTON is a piece of s**t  bruce_h4h

I myself been using ZoneAlarm Security Suite which includes Antivirus, Firewall, AntiSpyware, Outlook Junk Mail Filter, Parental Controls (not so great), Cookies and Cache Cleaner.
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« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2007, 06:32:52 pm »

F-Secure was the one getting rave reviews when my copy of Norton came up for renewal, so I bought that. 3-user licence for 30 or so. http://www.f-secure.co.uk/

Been using it for a few months, pretty happy with it so far. My one complaint would be that spam filtering is a bit erratic. You can get a 30-day trial on that site too.

Oh and BitDefender... puke
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« Reply #7 on: May 30, 2007, 02:30:27 pm »

Hmmm. Seems like the main thing people agree on is that I shouldn't use Norton. smile Happily, it seems that my home PCs are covered by our office licence for Sophos anti-virus, so I'll be using that.

As far as firewalls go, I've had this comment from our DBA:
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If you're running behind a router, then its good enough protection from the outside (since you are NAT'ed behind the router.  i.e the router has an external IP address on the internet, while your pc has an internal ip that is not directly accessible from the out....basically)
 
BUT.  A software firewall is useful in that it can allow you to control what software is allowed out onto the internet, which is handy if you were constantly opening up dodgy attachments\not the only one using your pc etc.
 
personally, all I have is Sophos and a Router.

Would you rabble agree with that?
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« Reply #8 on: May 30, 2007, 02:45:37 pm »

Get a software Firewall just in case. Like he says it gives you a little more control. Besides it never hurts to be a little paranoid when it comes to internet connectivity.
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« Reply #9 on: May 30, 2007, 03:29:06 pm »

I totally agree w/your DBA. Software firewalls are overkill, and imo if you have a decent firewall then its not only overkill but its not doing a damn thing Another Tounge
Although if you are paranoid, like JR there, you can use software firewalls to control what goes in or out with one. I tired one for about 30 mins back in '00 and got tired of clicking "yes its ok for [program] to access the internet"
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« Reply #10 on: May 30, 2007, 03:31:27 pm »

Your DBA is absoutely right.

As long as your router is set up correctly to block incoming traffic you should only need a software firewall to prevent malware from 'phoning home'.  I would be happy with Windows Firewal though (presuming you are on XP).
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« Reply #11 on: May 30, 2007, 04:55:31 pm »

Sophos + Windows Firewall it is, then. smile

Guess I'll also find out whether Norton was any good at blocking spam!
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« Reply #12 on: June 01, 2007, 08:00:45 am »

I got a NAT router but I have still managed to get a problem in one of the virtual machine. Mind you I was trying to visit dodgy sites to download few softwares.

So the point is while NAT is good it can't beat a real hardware firewall and since they are a little bit expensive you might want to use NAT and Software firewall. Just for the safety.
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