Computer Security Websites of Interest:
Last Update: 01 Oct 2009
This is a new section here. I will be pointing out selected websites
about lesser-known computer security websites and issues. Expect this
page to grow each month as
new sites are highlighted.
Sunbelt Software has been around for quite some time but for some
reason doesn't quite make the headlines as much as companies such as
McAfee and Symantec. However, they offer a good anti-virus program
called VIPRE, and a good firewall program as well. They have a great
Family Licensing plan that allows you to use VIPRE and Sunbelt Personal
Firewall on all your home PCs (up to 5) at one decent price.
Their claim-to-fame for the Anti-Virus program is that it is very
resource efficient, and does not slow down your processing, making it a
great solution for Netbooks. I've been using it for close to a year now
and can highly recommend the products.
I should also note here that Microsoft has recently released Microsoft
Security Essentials for FREE, if you are a user of genuine Microsoft
Windows XP, Vista, or 7. See details here:
I have used Microsoft's Forefront for some time on a work computer, and
it seems to be very well done. It will be interesting to see how this
free application from Microsoft pans out.
Hakin9 is an IT Security Magazine with a twist: it covers not just
defensive security but also offensive (attacks).
While this may be controversial, you can best defend your system by
better understanding how it can be attacked. The annual "Blackhat"
is, in fact, attended by many "whitehats" in the industry as well, so
that they can understand the latest in offensive technology and thus be
able to come up with better defenses.
Hakin9 provides how-to's, reviews, commentary and more. They have a
newsetter and a forum section, in addition to the magazine.
Hakin9 is a subscription magazine, but there is also plenty of
excellent free information at the website as well, and is well worth