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What is Your Current Malware Barrier composed of? - March 8th 2011, 10:36 PM

In other words, list your current layers of protection against malwares.

I'll go first; I am using:

2 computers -- One laptop and one desktop: My laptop is . . . a virgin , so to speak. I only use it visit trusted websites; I don't visit random websites on this laptop, including porn sites and other shady sites. I set the plugins to be activated ONLY if I click on them; I set the JavaScript to be executed only when I give permission. I don't install random softwares on this laptop; I don't pirate stuffs on this laptop, etc. I don't even play games on my laptop.
My desktop, however, has been through all kind of stuffs . I have even intentionally install malwares on it just to see how bad things can go.

64-bit OS -- Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit: 64-bit version of Windows offers Kernel Patch Protection, which protects the core of Windows by self-checking frequently.

Dual-boot -- Linux Ubuntu on partition and Ubuntu on flash drive: In worst scenario, I can boot to Linux and remove malware; then return to Windows. Plus, Linux is fun to use sometimes.

Secure web browser -- Google Chrome web browser: As of today, Chrome stands firm as the only uncrackable (yet) web browser.

Firewall -- Windows Firewall: Tried Comodo Firewall, but decided that Windows Firewall is adequate for me.

Antimalware 1-- MS Security Essential: Once again, nothing special, but a "good enough" all-round option.

Antimalware 2-- SuperAntiSpyware: Scan once every week; this program focus solely on spywares so it has very good detection rate and removal of what it finds.

Isolated Environment -- VirtualBox and Sandboxie: Useful if I ever find the need to test out strange (but interesting) softwares or visit non-reputable sites.

Up-to-Date -- Updates: Keep all of my softwares, including Windows, up-to-date.

All righty! Your turn! Please share your tools here so we can all learn from each other

Mac (Mac OS X, etc.), Linux (Ubuntu, Chrome OS, etc.), and other Unix-based systems counts are a layer of protection, too, simply because so few malwares are developed to target these operating systems.

Never let anyone--including but not limited to your family members and significant other(s) (e-hem, no, we don't need to know whether you are triple-handling something, so don't list them here . . . )-- besides yourself uses your computer counts as a layer of protection, too.

Never chat on IM or email with your friends is considered a layer of protection, too. Your security is only as strong as the weakest link; so if your friend happens to have a stupid moment and get his/her system infected, yours could be the next one.

Well, whatever you think might be considered as a layer of protection against malware, just list it.

More Infos:

What is malware?
Malicious software (mal- = malicious; -ware = software) is any program that access your computer without your permission--doesn't matter whether it's harmful or not. Malware includes virus, worm, spyware, trojan, backdoor, adware, URL injector, exploit, keylogger, rootkit, wabbit, etc.

Why should you care?
You can be infected simply by visiting a website; no other action is necessary. At its worst, a malware can infect your computer silently, lower your current securities and create new security holes, which make it easier for other malwares to infect your system. Then, they can continue to steal your info (including but not limited to credit card info, login info, etc.), crash your system, and spread to your friends' systems, too.

But I don't go to those "bad" sites; I'm fine, right?
Don't be so quick to judge! According to Dasient, as of the last quarter of 2010, over one million websites are infected with malware. And an average user (keyword: average user) has a 95% chance of running into malware every three months. Plus, if you frequently download random programs without first checking their reputation or if you pirate softwares a lot, then you are more likely to become infected, too.

You can read more about it or see more statistic on Dasient's official blog. Dasient is a reputable internet security company that specializes in protecting websites from malwares with its WAM (Web Anti-Malware) service.

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Re: What is Your Current Malware Barrier composed of? - March 9th 2011, 11:43 AM

Only 95%? Damn, I actually thought it would have been higher ^^;

Well, I've got the same OS as yourself, 64-bit Windows 7 with the nifty kernal protection thingy, plus a hard firewall in my router, as well as a software one (windows firewall, but I havn't felt the need for anything better).
I also regularly/semi-regularly scan with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and Spybot Search & Destroy. I also keep everything up to date.

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