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Ars today news about AV use.

Fri Jan 27, 2017 1:05 pm

Are you agree with him? https://arstechnica.co.uk/information-t ... us-is-bad/


I see what is meaning. I think all antivirus programs slow your work with OS. I think all antivirus softwares have backdoors which are using by intelligence agencies with goverment. But I think we should use these softwares, because every user make mistake when browsing. What are you thinking?
 
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Re: Ars today news about AV use.

Fri Jan 27, 2017 1:18 pm

People have been complaining about this problem for years, but just like the article says, the AV makers have such clout that it's difficult for the message to get out.
 
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Re: Ars today news about AV use.

Fri Jan 27, 2017 1:55 pm

AV is basically garbage, control the browser and email attachments first.
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Re: Ars today news about AV use.

Fri Jan 27, 2017 2:06 pm

Why am I not surprised after reading that article? We should be mindful about the software we install on our systems. And yes I ran into the problems of AV programs slowing down and otherwise reducing the functionality of my system back when I was using Windows myself.
 
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Re: Ars today news about AV use.

Fri Jan 27, 2017 2:18 pm

Incorrect use of encryption\security\global certificates
Breaking memory address randomization (or whatever its called)
memory leaks
calling home
information leaks
"hidden" back doors
logic flaws
being susceptible to fuzzing, buffer overruns,
leaving ports open when they should never be open or only open for specific time period

the list goes on and on.

"security" software can be as poorly written as you like.

I've said it before and I'll say it again: "Your security software should be your LAST line of defense not the first!"
YOU are the first line of defense quit being stupid!

Some of things I recommend are:
Practicing safe computing / be aware of what you are doing!
Using a curated proxy such as opendns.
Use your router's firewall with NAT turned on.
not using your admin account for every day tasks!
using secure browser such as firefox or chrome along with using an ad blocker. Only turn on ads for responsible websites, techreport etc. (ads are a possible source of infection)
make sure your O/S is up to date.
Do not use any version of windows on the internet prior to windows 7.
If you have someone who is perpetually infected and does not need to play games - switch them to linux (Mint perhaps) with a regular user account.
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