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What is your favorite security tool or program?
Ken Harthun
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December 21, 2008 - 7:03 pm
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[color=#FF0000:2b8tyr5c]Note: this is NOT a DCT Contest Thread.[/color:2b8tyr5c]


I'm planning "Security Software & Tools Top 10" as my article for the January 1st, 2009 issue and would like to have some input from you, Dear Reader. I need to know, what is your favorite security tool or program?

The DCT Contest Thread has generated lots of replies about favorite anti-virus programs and I'm going to tally those up, so I *don't* need any answers about AV software. What I'm looking for is things like anti-spam, anti-spyware, browser add-ons, toolbars, etc. Both programs and websites qualify as security tools; for example, the [url=http://www.shadowserver.org/wiki/pmwiki.php?n=Main.HomePage:2b8tyr5c]Shadowserver Foundation website[/url:2b8tyr5c] is a useful security research tool that I use all the time.[url=http://www.threatfire.com/:2b8tyr5c]ThreatFire[/url:2b8tyr5c], as recommended by our own Jim Hillier, is an example of a great security program. You get the idea. As long as it's related to security, something you use on a regular basis, please let me and your fellow forum readers know about it by posting a reply here.

I already know what #1 is (in my opinion) and have a pretty good feel for #2, but I have about 20 other items on my list of considerations. I'd like to see how many of those are in regular use by DCT readers and forum members.

Chad Johnson
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December 21, 2008 - 8:00 pm
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the best security mechanism i've found on any computer is the power button.

turn it off and no more viruses.

I use noscript on firefox, ethereal, and prefer hardware firewalls to software firewalls. when I'm forced to use a software firewall, i use Windows built in firewall.

Spybot for anti-spyware too.

David Hartsock
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December 21, 2008 - 9:31 pm
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I'll throw in Site Advisor from McAfee

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