Endpoint Security

Symantec estimates that 1/3 of all SPAM was stopped when Microsoft (with the assistance of the U.S. Marshals and a court order) took steps to shut down the Rustock botnet. Other botnets (Bagle, Festi, Cutwail, Lethic, Grum, Xarvester and others) are stepping into the void left by Rustock. Whether Rustock will remain 'dead', is unclear as the Rustock programmers and Rustock ringleaders are still unidentified and still at large. Continue reading

Even if you are a computer expert, you need to protect your computer against viruses, worms and other malware to protect your data and financial security.  Anti-virus isn’t enough any more, you need what is called an Internet Security Suite to even the odds and protect yourself and your computer.   PC World did a bit more scientific review this year, testing performance instead of just comparing features.

Symantec, Kaspersky, AVG, PC Tools and Bit Defender top out the PC World list.

Symantec’s Norton Internet Security Suite the only suite to achieve a perfect score in detecting, disabling and removing malware based solely on behavioral detection. This makes Symantec your best choice in protecting your system from 0-day threats.  McAfee scored an overall distant 7th.

The “Top Ten” List at PC World

http://www.pcworld.com/reviews/collection/3247/2010_suites.html

K9 Web Protection

From: BlueCoat K9 Web Protection
(http://www1.k9webprotection.com/getk9/download-software.php)
Price:
Free, up-to-date, Highly Recommended
Supported OS: Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista; Mac OS X 10.4.7 and later

BlueCoat manufactures security devices providing Web Content Filtering for corporate enterprises.  They also make a parental control application called K9 Web Protection which is free for home users.  It is an excellent balance of filtering capability and ease of use and has a lot of options to help parents set limits on web browsing and block unsafe or inappropriate sites.  What you get is pretty impressive, given that it is  free.

FULL ARTICLE: Free Parental Control for the Web