I am interested in testing the various security programs installed rather than relying on what other people's experiences are with firewalls and av programs THEY are using.
No offence meant but it is of little use being told "I use this and that and I have never had any trouble with viruses" since that particular person's computer may have never been subjected to an 'attack'.
Recently i came across the security tests of PCFlank (i had used it long ago for XP but had forgotten all about it). There is a firewall test, among others. Windows 7 firewall that i have installed failed the test, even with pretty high settings.
Somewhere on a forum someone made a remark suggesting that the test is rigged (or biased). What do you think about it?
If i use the leaktest of Gibson Reaserch the same happens.
Does anyone have any experience with these tests and the results obtained by them?
Do you know of any other tests?
And what do you think about the value of doing these tests?
I have mentioned somewhere on this forum the tests of Heise Securities where (harmless) viruses are sent to your mailbox to check whether these are blocked or not. My thoughts on this are the following. If the system fails the tests it's time for sure to do something about the computer's security. But what do these tests prove if the viruses sent are blocked, given the creativity
of those virus writers?