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Computer Safety

Postby swipe_masta » Sat Mar 08, 2014 12:34 pm

I know there's a lot of you guys in the IT field here. I want your input!

What sort of anti- virus/malware/spyware programs do you use for personal computers? I go for the free stuff and currently have avast, malwarebytes, and superantispyware. I used to have a paid subscription to norton, but then I found it wasn't that great.

Is there really a big difference between free and paid programs? Is the extra worth it?
What do you recommend?


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Postby Rory » Sun Mar 09, 2014 4:18 pm

McAfee, we use it on all of our computers at work. The guy is crazy the software is pretty good. Nothing is perfect and completely secure unless you never go online, never have bluetooth or wifi activated, and never use an peripheral devices. Its a trade off. Paid software just makes sense to me because rarely is something free as good as something you pay for. Besides Adblock i would be cautionary using any free software on your computer since i wonder what the creators real intention is giving it away for free.
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Postby JoDa » Sun Mar 09, 2014 7:59 pm

Mac with Chrome w/Adblock. We have over-the-top security at work owing to working for the government.
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Postby darkguy2 » Sun Mar 09, 2014 10:53 pm

Believe it or not but Norton has gotten better than before when it seemed to be a virus itself. Mostly what you get is extra features when you pay for the software. You may be slightly more protected as well. I use all free software and have not had any problems. I just do not intend on using any of the features that you get with the payed suites. McAfee really is not the best you can get. They have not been the top choice for a very long time. But you should wait for Member or some other from IT to chime in as I am only a computer engineering student so I am into hardware not software.

JoDa: You did not give any virus software. Mac with Chrome that has AdBlock installed will not protect you computer. I am sure there is other software in the background such as Norton. Back in the day the reason why Macs were so safe was because no one used them so no one made viruses for them. That is no longer true. You should still make sure to protect your computer.

Rory: AdBlock is free because it is made by people who want to provide a service to others. It is also open-source so you can read through all the code yourself to see exactly what it does. You do not have to pay for something for it to be good.
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Postby Rory » Sun Mar 09, 2014 11:04 pm

darkguy2 wrote:Rory: AdBlock is free because it is made by people who want to provide a service to others. It is also open-source so you can read through all the code yourself to see exactly what it does. You do not have to pay for something for it to be good.


i was using that as the exception and the couple that makes it pushes quite hard for donations. Their altruism is not the norm and while some free things may very well be good, i will always pay for my seafood.
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Postby samhradh » Mon Mar 10, 2014 7:44 am

I'm not currently using anything that isn't already part of Win 8.1. I guess it's still called Defender? Then I use some browser add ons to block pop-ups and such. In all the years I've had a computer I never got a virus and I don't keep sensitive data on my computer. The most private info is my log-in and password info but I can always change that. Plus with SkyDrive (now OneDrive), I don't worry about things being backed up. YMMV.
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Postby irvinfitness » Mon Mar 10, 2014 8:13 am

darkguy2 wrote: I am only a computer engineering student so I am into hardware not software.


I thought pretty much all comp E's were software/coding. Your school offers hardware focused classes for comp E? What year are you in the program?


In terms of computer safety, it's more about what you do on the computer in my opinion...If you don't visit untrustworthy sites, or download from bad sources, you are 99% covered. So I would think something free would suffice to cover the other 1% of the time... I've never gotten a virus in my life. At home I use a mac with no protection and my work machine (windows) is covered by McAfee.
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Postby rockyrock » Mon Mar 10, 2014 8:37 am

I was in the IT field for many years and didn't like Norton or McAfee, thought they both were too bloated.

I'm no longer in the IT field and haven't been for 5+ years so I'm not current.

For my home PC with Win XP, I only used Ad-Aware and ZoneAlarm--both free. Neither is a AV but I managed for years with no issues. When I got a Windows 7 machine a few years back I started using the paid version of AVG and was happy with the interface and it "claimed" to have "protected" me quite a bit but I can't really say for sure.

I've been using Mac's since the late 90's and have never installed a AV and have never had any issues. I know they are out there but so far I haven't been a victim.

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Postby otter » Mon Mar 10, 2014 3:15 pm

I use Linux in a virtual box 99% of the time that I browse the web/download files- I turned off sharing so the only files which end up on my actual physical Windows computer are manually put there by me. Should the Linux virtual machine become infected, I simply use the last good version(Linux viruses aren't that common, anyway). I do use the free version of AVG just in case, though...
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Postby JoDa » Mon Mar 10, 2014 11:26 pm

I guess I should add: not being an idiot. There are a handful of Mac viruses floating around out there these days, but careful internet usage and restricted permissions are usually enough to avoid them. I'm sure in a few years I'll find some additional protection necessary, but for now, avoiding spammy/dangerous things on my computer works well. I only check my Yahoo (buying stuff catch-all...I have no desire to have my GMail spammed) email at work, for example (Yahoo is basically spam in a bottle). Chrome is actually really good at catching when websites may have been compromised and stopping you from accessing them.

I have some generic Norton protection on the PC that runs my TV, but I only access MLB.TV, Netflix, and Hulu on that, anyway, and use Chrome on that, as well, in case something otherwise reputable gets hijacked.
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