Security setup: What now?

Discussion in 'other security issues & news' started by Cactus.Ed, Oct 22, 2006.

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  1. Cactus.Ed

    Cactus.Ed Registered Member

    Oct 12, 2006

    Been lurking here for a couple years, just recently started participating. I have previously used, god forbid, Norton - mainly because I (legally) got it for free through my employer. I have always felt that Symantec products were bloated and left much to be desired in usability. This year I decided to go with something else. Here is my current setup:

    -Hardware Firewall: NAT + SPI router (actually double NAT as it is plugged into another network)
    -Software Firewall: Comodo with custom rule set - Simple, works well. Rule set only allows programs what they absolutely need. I really liked the Outpost Pro 4 setup, but in the end it crashed at the wrong times and stuck its nose in too much (Why does it put its name in the blocked referrers?). I did not care for Zone Alarm either.
    -AV: Nod32 + periodic online scans - Tried Kaspersky, made things sluggish and had problems with internet scanning. Noticed that it was doing funny things to the disk...
    -AS: Safe download policy? - none installed, used Spybot in the past. Truth is I've never had any spyware, I don't download much though.
    -Other: Use Opera/Firefox/Thunderbird, Turned off all unneeded services, checked for open ports, all updates installed, closed raw sockets, killed the messenger, frequently check my outgoing connections for funny items or servers and I ALWAYS have a recent backup (not XP System restore).

    I like the idea of "layered protection", but what else do I need? What is recommended?
    Any help would be appreciated,


    Other info:
    My PC is very recent: XP Pro SP2, a couple gigs of ram, 420gb made from a few SATA drives and a few high-end hardware products used for image processing. I like to use my resources for applications and navigation speed. It really torques me when programs take up absurd amounts of memory for a simple process, thus slowing everything else down (i.e. notification bar icons and TSR’s) Hell, half the time I end up uninstalling/disabling half the items a program installs and it works without any problems. I guess I like my apps to be light in footprint.

    Internet is cable (6000/76:cool:
  2. WSFuser

    WSFuser Registered Member

    Oct 7, 2004
    u have a good setup and it should serve u well.

    if u want, u can add a HIPS (Host Intrusion Prevention System) such as SSM, Prevx1, Online Armor, etc.
  3. the Tester

    the Tester Registered Member

    Jul 28, 2002
    The Gateway to the Blue Hills,WI.
    Looks like a good setup.

    Your choice of browsers is very good.

    Some programs that I think may be worth a look are BOClean or Win Patrol.
    I'd recommend Spyware Blaster.
  4. aigle

    aigle Registered Member

    Dec 14, 2005
    Saudi Arabia/ Pakistan
    Set up seems enough as u are safe surfer.
    Anything u add to it just depends upon ur linkg mainly otherwise I will take it as enough protection though I am not an expert.
    If I am in ur place i will just add two on-demand free scanners like AVG antispyware and SuperAntispsyware.
    Spyware balster immunization will not hurt as well.
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