Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sun 13th Nov 2005 06:38 UTC, submitted by DKR
Windows This guide contains the practical security measures to secure your Windows desktop at home. This guide is not necessarily intended for business or enterprise use, but it might come in handy for some.
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Bit_Rapist
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2005-11-13

That my claim that worms spreading through firewalled systems was not "FUD" and that antivirus sofware is needed even when you have a firewall.

In that case I agree. Although the scanning can be done at different places, such as an email server or other proxy gateway that controls access to the internet. I'm online right now with no virus scanner running, sure one is installed *just in case* but my computer isn't wasting cycles with it running.

So what? It's still a worm that could go right through firewalls. I'll agree that a computer is secure if it isn't on, but that's hardly a viable security solution.

In my book a firewall (software based like norton and all the consumer ones on the market) are strictly for people who have no clue about is running on their system.

Think outside the box: Any network app may have an exploitable hole -- not just Outlook/Outlook Express. It could be an instant messaging client, a USENET binary downloader client, a web server, or anything.

I already think outside the box and honestly it dosen't worry me as I've got a fine track record at securing my operating systems to date.

And what happens when the next exploit isn't through e-mail? Or what if your e-mail server has a remotely exploitable buffer overflow and the server itself becomes the conduit for a worm? Without antivirus software, you'd be at risk.

Usually an exploit on that scale is going to put you at risk anyway. Blaster for instance, it exploited a buffer flaw in RPC on windows. No virus scanner helped with that one.

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