My security setup OK?

Discussion in 'other firewalls' started by DIgiDis, Sep 10, 2010.

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  1. DIgiDis

    DIgiDis Registered Member

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    Win7 64bit, UAC on, run as Admin (I know, I know...) Avira Premium, and I was just using the Win Firewall with WFWC+ and I am behind a NAT router.

    I just uninstalled WFWC+ and installed Threatfire and PC Tools FW+. I am a consultant and am ethically bound to protect client data, so I always use outbound control in a firewall. I stay away from warez and porn sites and have safe browsing habits. If I do want to see or run something of dubious nature I use Sandboxie. I do occasional images with Acronis, especially before changing or adding softwares like firewalls.

    On my previous WinXP machine I used OA but it sometimes drove me crazy and on this machine I wanted to just try the Win FW, but I have this nagging feeling that it isn't as secure as I would like, considering my 11yo daughter occasionally uses my machine and doesn't yet fully understand the evils that are out there. While on the web I make her run Firefox sandboxed.

    Any thoughts? I have a new license to OA but didn't use it yet. Is OA really overkill for someone like me who just uses the computer for work and occasionally enjoys a game of computer chess? I think maybe PCTFW+ and Threatfire cover a lot of what OA does but in a less obtrusive way. Thoughts?
     
  2. King Grub

    King Grub Registered Member

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    Sounds like what I would use if I wanted an adequately secure setup without having to sacrifice usability for fiddling with security programs.
     
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    Baserk Registered Member

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    Uh oh.


    Use that OA license, now that they have a 64-bit version. I'd prefer that program over PCTFW+ & ThreatFire.
    Create a user account for the little one.
    Perhaps read a bit about OA here and slap on a known clean image before installing OA so you can use the Safety Check Wizard.
    If you install programs from trusted sources afterwards, you can easily use the 'Learning Mode'.
    All the information needed is on those pages. Read some of it and OA shouldn't be that hard to run.
     
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  4. Konata Izumi

    Konata Izumi Registered Member

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    Windows 7 Firewall is my only favorite firewall :D
     
  5. DIgiDis

    DIgiDis Registered Member

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    Thanks for the considerations so far. OA is always a possibility if I find I need more security. I am hoping my current layered defense scheme is more than enough for my/our home computer use. Note that I still use OA Prem on my work laptop since that is not always behind a router.
     
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    tobacco Frequent Poster

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    It's fine.

    The only thing i would add to secure your browsers from info stealers is prevx Safe Online. There is a free full version offered at the moment.
     
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