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Monday, 23 February 2015

My security setup

With the widespread threats these days, it pays to be careful. That is especially the case in popular systems like Windows without their own trusted repositories. Here is how I protect myself from malware on Windows 7 64-bit:

  1. Avast Free Antivirus: One of the most feature-complete free antivirus there is. Contains features such as boot scanning, web filtering (HTTPS included), DeepScreen (cloud behaviour analysis of unknown files), Hardened mode (automatic actions), script/network scanning, and more. I highly recommend Avast for everyone.
  2. Crystal Security: A new anti-malware that uses cloud reputation when dealing with your files.
  3. AVG LinkScanner Free: Extra protection against online threats such as phishing and malicious scripts. Appears to work well in the testing of an experienced Wilders Security member.
  4. AX64 Time Machine: An awesome backup software that takes snapshots of the drive of your choice to another drive. I use it to image my system every hour. Don't worry, it's fast because only changed sectors are backed up after the first image. Restoring is a breeze as well, and can be done within Windows or its special boot environment. Since it only restores changed sectors, that makes it one of the fastest tools available for the job.
  5. HitmanPro.Alert: An advanced piece of software that protects you against banking trojans, exploits, sandbox-aware malware, CryptoLocker, keyloggers, webcam loggers, inter-process corruption, network attacks, and BadUSB. The advanced interface allows you to configure everything, including adding new software to its anti-exploit. The free version doesn't have anti-exploit, process protection, or CryptoGuard.
  6. Sandboxie: The ultimate app virtualization tool, it puts every change a program makes in its sandbox. Therefore your real system isn't affected. Includes advanced features such as whitelisting, blacklisting, compatibility with other security software, etc.
  7. WinPatrol: Although a bit dated and not super effective against major threats, this software monitors areas of your system such as startup programs, and alerts you to any changes.
  8. Prey: One of the only anti-theft software for your laptop. It allows you to track a lost or stolen device, and lock it down or take pictures from the webcam.
  9. On-demand scanners I use just in case include: Emsisoft Emergency Kit, HitmanPro, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, SUPERAntiSpyware, and Zemana AntiMalware.
  10. Other program/link analysis/blocking tools I use include: SpywareBlaster, PeStudio, TrafficLight, VTchromizer, WOT, and ┬ÁBlock.
  11. And lastly, I use SoftPerfect RAM Disk as a temporary workspace where nothing is kept (files can't be recovered). SUMo lists any updates my software may have. And LastPass manages all of my non-important passwords that I don't have the time to remember. Includes extra security features such as two-factor authentication, automatic password changing, etc.
I hope you guys learn from this, and stop being infected! The most important advice of all is to not install software from suspicious websites, and if you do, please at least upload it to VirusTotal. And don't forget to uncheck all that adware!

*Deprecated, see: http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/free-windows-desktop-software-security-list-my-choices.htm

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