Linked by Alcibiades on Wed 4th Jan 2006 18:04 UTC
Windows Like a lot of people who have worked in the business, I find myself in conversations about computer security with people who are having problems or know people who have problems. I wrote this to save me from explaining the same thing over and over again to different people, and to save them the trouble of having to make notes as we talked. It was meant to be something you could give to a 'naive user' and have them be able to read and follow it more or less unaided, and while not being a complete guide, at least be something that made them more secure than before they got it.
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RE: Zonealarm
by elsewhere on Thu 5th Jan 2006 20:31 UTC in reply to "Zonealarm"
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In this scenario, zonealarm is totally useless. All access to the internet from the spyware code will look like it comes from iexplore.exe, which has proabably been set to OK by the user.

I've been running ZA for ages. It monitors for processes attempting network access via another process, I get warnings all the time for routine Windows operations. It detects via signature when trusted or known applications are modified (legitimately or maliciously). It will even monitor application actions after a new install in a learning-mode to determine some sort of rudimentary baseline reference for how the applications interact.

Sure, it's not infallible, but I wouldn't write off the relevance of personal firewalls, particularly for newer users. The popup windows may be confusing to some, but at least they force the users to think about what is running on their system. They're no different than A/V filters, not an overall solution but simply a piece of one.

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