Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Personal Security Tools for Windows - UPDATE

Sorry for the long delay in blogs, some updates on the personal Windows PC security front (by request):-

AVG Anti-Virus is Free again! - http://free.grisoft.com/

(Thanks to Garry for this one.) AVG is back with a free virus scanner option available from http://free.grisoft.com/. I think this is my favorite virus protection system. Easy to use, active guard, scheduled scans, and updates are frequent, online and automatic. See also links to free anti-spyware, but I haven't tried that myself yet (installing onto Andrea's PC).

McAfee Site Advisor - http://www.siteadvisor.com/

No major news to report on this one, but still working well. http://www.siteadvisor.com/ Site Advisor marks up your google search results to warn you about known bad sites before you click on them. Having said that, Google seem to have cleaned up their act a bit, maybe due in part to Ben Edelman's constructive (and very very detailed) criticism.

Open DNS - http://www.opendns.com/

A utility that is not even software, simply a new and better DNS server setting (for your PC or broadband router) that protects you from many types of phishing and mis-spelt domain names. If you know how to configure DNS, just use and/or, alternatively visit, http://www.opendns.com/ for more info, they explain it better than I can.

Really this post is nothing but links. Sorry, I can do better. I'm having a hard week. Coming soon... blogs on Miyazaki Junior's Earthsea and Death Note (though Andrea has visited both topics already), and how Ireland's beautiful summer is impacting on my marathon training.