Do you think you use too much security software?

Discussion in 'polls' started by Fernando Villegas, Dec 9, 2005.

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Do you think you use too much security software?

  1. Yes, I don't need them, but it's a hobby

    15.7%
  2. Yes, but I intend to cut down once I have tried them

    10.8%
  3. No, I have a reasonable amount to protect myself

    44.6%
  4. No, it's better to be safe than sorry.

    16.9%
  5. No, in fact I think I may not have enough security software

    8.4%
  6. I don't know, you tell me??

    9.6%
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  1. Fernando Villegas

    Fernando Villegas Registered Member

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    Do you think you use too much security software?
     
  2. snowbound

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    I used too but i'm a minimalist now. ;) :D


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  3. beetlejuice69

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    Ditto.
     
  4. About running minimist setups.

    Really?

    2 Heavy duty HIP (PG Plus OA) is hardly minimalistic. Still I expect that's typical around here. BTW I don't think dropping your antispyware and antitrojan and replacing them with HIP makes your setup minimalistic. :)

    Instead of handling AS, you now handle your HIPS.

    Anyway If I'm right even this is probably positively lightweight compared to what other people run.

    And if ZA is the full version as opposed to the free version, we are talking in practice *3* so called HIPS, that a lot of firepower not to mention management required.
     
  5. beetlejuice69

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    I use ZA for exe protection along with OA, it`s turned off on PG. I can still go anywhere I want in cyberspace...except the porn and clone sites of course. ;)
     
  6. se7engreen

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    Same here.
     
  7. dog

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    I'm a minimalist - Four Security Apps = FW, AV, Registry Protection, Process Control - other than that just an imaging program and Proxomtiron for web filtering if you want to count these. :)
     
  8. Robyn

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    I used to spend more time worrying about security for everything.
    I have trimmed my security software although not to the minimal level.
    I do worry more when I read all about the proxi/Jap applications members use on this forum :(

    The one I feel I could stop loading at start and just use for scanning
    would be MSAS. I stop it running in the background as it really doesn't
    do much for me as I have other layers to cover this gap.
    I have left it running at start in case it discovers something :doubt:
     
  9. Sigh I suppose the number of programs you are running now is considered minimalist compared to what you used to run or what a newbie who discovers the nice little world of security app starts running

    When I think minimalist I'm thinking something like

    1. Router that's all

    2. Router + AV

    3. Personal firewall + Backup type program/maybe even 1 HIP

    or even

    4. Nothing. Just ports closed.

    I certainly can't see how people running 2 big HIP programs with overlapping features + a third fully featured firewall with similar features + an AV as minimalist.

    That's just abusing the term when consider the recommended setup for most people is just Av+firewall and maybe Antispyware.

    I also have minimalist setup too, only 4 apps.

    KAV6 beta
    GSS (Regdefend +Appdefend)
    ZAP
    Online Armor.

    :)
     
  10. Another thing.

    Why the rush to claim to be minimalist? It's not definitely always a good thing. It's just one possible response among others.

    Be proud that you are one. I'm not!
     
  11. beetlejuice69

    beetlejuice69 Registered Member

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    Who does that, or were you just generalizing?
     
  12. se7engreen

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    I suppose my version of "minimalist" is relative to what I've run in the past. Currently running GSS, BoClean, & NOD32 and that probably isn't minimal compared to people who run an AV and Windows FW. I guess I don't care what you call it, it's light, effective, and works well for me, so I'll continue to use this setup (for now, subject to frequent change :) ).
     
  13. BlueZannetti

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    Just know why you have various applications installed, a sense of where they may protect you in the overall scheme of things, what they are specifically possibly protecting you from (whether or not that's a germane threat to you is another matter since that can be a fluid situation), and what you view as the main issues facing you.

    While I do recommend selective incorporation of programs into a general plan, I wouldn't consider the 4 apps I'm running on the partition I'm logged into to be minimalistic by any reasonable definition. I consider my setup to have at least 3 active levels of rather decent backup. The specific case I'm working from now is Zyxel Zywall 10W router/NOD32/BOClean/SafenSec/Outpost Pro. For me, this is armed to the gills. If I did p2p and other activities like that, I'd probably make some adjustments.

    Blue
     
  14. sweater

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    Yes... this was too much and it even distracts my real purpose why im using this "modern machine."

    I am looking for some way or another to find some kind of protection software that can do different jobs without eating up much of my system resources. Maybe an all-in-one Jack of all trade kind of software that can effectively protects me.
     
  15. BlueZannetti

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    This would be the least I would ever suggest to anyone who feels that they even should ask someone else the question...

    Blue
     
  16. Blue is right in post #13.

    The only one who can decide if you have too little or much security is you. :)

    Who cares if you are not minalist or whatever. Run as many security software as you feel comfortable. Just don't call it minimalist ;P
     
  17. beetlejuice69

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    If Mike does all that he wants with OA, I`ll go with it and NOD....maybe. ;)
     
  18. I'm not sure if you start using one large security suite with heavy duty functions, instead of a bunch of different ones with little overlap , your system suddenly becomes minimalistic.

    IMHO anyway.

    I suppose some guy just running a router plus on demand scans of the few files he runs , eg a truly minimistic system, is confident of his abilities to lock down his system and not make too many errors.
    whether that is a right assessment or not i can't say lol...
     
  19. rdsu

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    Same here :)

    But sometimes I test some new versions and programs...
     
  20. beetlejuice69

    beetlejuice69 Registered Member

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    I think a lot of us here do that...it`s part of the fun. :)
     
  21. ErikAlbert

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    Well, I've seen some security sets at Wilders, that made me think "What is wrong with this member ?"
    If security is your job or hobby than it's OK, but I didn't buy my PC to run 20+ security softwares, because I have other work to do.
    In the future, I will use a "Hardware/Software Firewall + ShadowUser" and that's it.
     
  22. Wayne - DiamondCS

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    Do you think you have too much security for your house ... ? :)
     
  23. rdsu

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  24. Wayne - DiamondCS

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    Having access to the right tools is one thing, correct implementation is another ... :)
     
  25. yahoo

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    Unless you only use web mail and never download anything, I do not think AV is redundant.
     
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