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Internet Security Utility
emjones
Sydney, New South Wales
9 posts
Hi,

I am looking forward to recommendations regarding an internet security utility that offers features like IDPS, URL & App filtering, adblocker etc. I don't want my younger bro to bring any vulnerability to any of our connected devices.

Thanks
Emily
04:46pm 03/07/17 Permalink
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trog
AGN Admin
Other International
39056 posts
I think educating people about the risks of downloading random things from the Internet and making sure they know it's the digital equivalent of taking candy from strangers in spooky vans (or to paraphrase a line from one of my favourite books, Snow Crash, don't randomly download and run software any more than you would take a free syringe from a stranger in Times Square and jab it into your neck) is very important.

I would start with:
0) Make sure Windows Updates are set to automatically download and install.
1) Give him his own account that doesn't have administrative access. This will limit most damage to that one account (if it's set up properly anyway :) and help instil a sense of personal responsibility
2) Use Windows Defender
3) Use Chrome as the default browser. It's built-in blocklist for URL filtering is pretty well updated & will help you avoid many common attacks. (I believe Firefox uses the same list now but I actually think Google are more responsive than anyone else.)
4) Disable Flash.
5) Back up your important data regularly.

I no longer run any separate virus software; Windows Defender seems reliable enough and I no longer trust any of the others.
05:25pm 03/07/17 Permalink
infi
Brisbane, Queensland
23726 posts
seconded. also don't open any email attachment you have not asked to be sent to you.
05:28pm 03/07/17 Permalink
Spook
Brisbane, Queensland
40658 posts
agree with the troggles
06:38pm 03/07/17 Permalink
Tanaka Khan
Brisbane, Queensland
5775 posts
Is it just me or are our avatars not working?

Oh and I agree!
07:04pm 03/07/17 Permalink
fpot
Gold Coast, Queensland
25919 posts
Malware Bytes seems to have a pretty sterling reputation from what I've heard.
12:46am 04/07/17 Permalink
trog
AGN Admin
Other International
39060 posts
Malware Bytes seems to have a pretty sterling reputation from what I've heard.
I've given up on most other virus checkers after watching Google's Project Zero systematically find critical security flaws in almost every AV software system out there. Because they need to run with a very high level of privilege (i.e., they need to be able to read all your s***, all the time) it is kind of scary.

That said MalwareBytes only has one mention though (that looks tame at a glance), but that might just mean they haven't spent a lot of time looking at it :) But there are a lot of comments lately from security pros that are sharply critical of many common AV systems.
05:10am 04/07/17 Permalink
Spook
Brisbane, Queensland
40659 posts
i only use malware bytes if i gotta clean someone elses dirty system.
06:13am 04/07/17 Permalink
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