As a coder the last thing I want to spend energy on is preventing OTHER people’s malicious code from getting onto my computer. The level of spyware these days has gotten rather advanced as I’m sure you know, and the threats are a bit more grim as far as what these people can steal and otherwise mess up on your PC. The fact that simply getting a few names and a credit card number can often be enough for full-fledged identity theft is enough to scare me into making sure my computer has full walls and a moat.
What’s the best way to go when it comes to prevention? I think one of the strongest things is a program that has a strong company behind it that will definitely be able to keep up with the changes in spyware and all the new malicious software that’s getting put out there on the internet on an hourly basis. So I would definitely go with a company that is actively promoting their product. I don’t know about “free” software because where’s the incentive to really update it all the time? Can you really trust that it’s being updated on schedule?
Another thing to look at is how the software itself is coded. You know as well as I do that as soon as you start using a program you can tell how well it is coded. If it’s a memory hog or slow then I throw it in the trash. I also look for a clean user interface and a good amount of options to keep this nerd happy.
I recently started using this program called Spyhunter 4. It’s an excellent tool that has something that I really find appealing: the ability to start the PC in a secure OS in case of a rootkit attack or injection. This is a pretty nifty feature and not all programs are as equipped to deal with a genuine rootkit attack as this one. Plus it’s supported by Enigma software so I’m pretty confident they are updating it, especially as it has a user-network where new threats are sent to the company to be added to the database. It’s a safe and effective way to ensure your privacy and safety.
Usually I have relied on Norton 360 for my security needs but lately I haven’t been convinced that it’s a full all around protection for all spyware and malware. Viruses, yes, but I like to have two lines of defense as I’m rather paranoid about these things.
The other thing I can tell you to do is to only browse safe internet locations. I know that ANY website can be compromised, but let’s be honest: there are some internet neighborhoods that are much more dangerous than others. You know what I’m talking about. And be careful what you’re downloading and where you’re downloading it from. Ensure that when you install a new program you make sure that you read every menu as they like to sneak adware and other software programs onboard – even with well regarded software tools.