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Windows 7: Is my security set-up sufficient ?


06 Jul 2012   #21

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Yes they are.


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06 Jul 2012   #22

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

Anyone over the other or both ?
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06 Jul 2012   #23

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Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Andyonline View Post
Anyone over the other or both ?
I have both, WinPatrol always on and weekly scans with Secunia.
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06 Jul 2012   #24

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

Whats the difference between the two apart from Winpatrol also having startup features
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06 Jul 2012   #25

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Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Andyonline View Post
Whats the difference between the two apart from Winpatrol also having startup features
Secunia makes sure you have the latest security patches, here's a video for the latest release 3.0.



WinPatrol monitors your system for possible unwanted changes being made to your system and alerts you that something is trying to change or add itself to your startup list, services being installed, etc.

Stuff that might normally go un-noticed like programs that try to add extras or make themselves the default without asking you, lots of other stuff you can monitor too.
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06 Jul 2012   #26

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Andyonline View Post
Whats the difference between the two apart from Winpatrol also having startup features
Winpatrol will notify you if anything changes on your PC and Secunia is a program to check your whole PC to see if your App are up-to-date.
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06 Jul 2012   #27

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

Many thanks for you help and guidance I think I will get both Winpatrol and Secunia PSI and that should be me sorted.
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06 Jul 2012   #28
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Andyonline View Post
Many thanks for you help and guidance I think I will get both Winpatrol and Secunia PSI and that should be me sorted.
What security will you use?
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06 Jul 2012   #29

Windows 7 x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DustSailor View Post
Hey mate, that is like saying you walk down a dark alley in a shady part of town, but have never been mugged so it is fine. Maybe not today, but there is a higher chance that you get beat bad, more than if you drove home on the freeway. Perfect analogy? nah, but I'm working on it.

Although it can get annoying clicking through the UAC prompts, but that is a good part of it and something that keeps you safe even more so than without.

Basically, you have a balance between ease of use and security. The harder you "lock down" your computer, the less things are easy and you get more of a performance drop. There is noscript blocking and all sorts of stuff that just makes browsing hell. Some people give up and just do without security software o.0
I'm not an advocate for running as admin, and in my case UAC disabled too, but how long is long enough to know that there are probably many more things that contribute to malware than this particular protective mechanism? As I've mentioned it is probably about 13 (oops!) years that I have been running as admin without a single infection. I think common sense is more important and the chances of picking up website infections is low and probably much malware is downloaded and installed by 'dirty' practices such as looking for warez or other illegal material. Perhaps earlier in my computer life I might have downloaded a few apps that were dodgy but I was perhaps lucky and now usually go for buying or researching carefully what I download in the way of free apps. I just prefer to be able to be more free with what I do on my computer and I do take quite some care generally.

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06 Jul 2012   #30

Windows 7 x64 Professional SP1
 
 

I'd do what pincushion does on a non Internet-connected, completedly isolated legacy Standalone machine... but i wouldn't advocate it for any other machine...
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