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    6 super security freebies

    Posted March 29, 2011 - 9:40 pm

    Simple security: In last year's roundup of best free stuff, the beta version of Microsoft Security Essentials 2 impressed us. Since then, Microsoft has officially released the utility to the public, and our admiration has only grown. With its combined antivirus, antispyware, and firewall protection, Security Essentials provides a solid layer of protection against the most common threats without hobbling your PC or nagging you with annoying update reminders.
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    Defensio for Facebook does a so-so job

    Posted March 26, 2011 - 9:25 pm

    The days when Facebook was nothing more than fun way to waste time with a few friends are long gone. Today, you're just as likely to run across prospective employers there as you are old classmates--and that's to say nothing of the scammers and spammers you might find, too. Keeping your Facebook profile and pages polished and professional-looking enough for all comers can be a chore, and keeping them free of spam and scams can be downright impossible. Enter Websense's TRITON Defensio Social Web Security for Facebook.
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    Cisco sets the bar for mobile security

    Posted March 21, 2011 - 12:12 pm

    Cisco has been a leader in remote access VPNs since 1999, and its latest release, the AnyConnect Secure Mobility Solution, will make both end users and network managers very happy, despite a few rough parts.
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    Proxy configurations: The lesser of two evils

    Posted March 21, 2011 - 10:31 am

    As we tested the IronPort S-Series, we quickly ran into an old and unsolved problem with enterprise Web proxies: how to get end user browsers to actually use the proxy.
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    Cisco's AnyConnect Secure Mobility Solution may leave SMBs out in the cold

    Posted March 21, 2011 - 10:17 am

    Cisco's AnyConnect Secure Mobility Solution is a two-box enterprise play that poses some problems for small and midsized businesses.
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    Review: Open source FreeOTFE encrypts disks handily

    Posted March 8, 2011 - 4:02 pm

    FreeOTFE may sound like a political bumper sticker, but it stands for "Free On The Fly Encryption." The "Free" part is self-explanatory; "On The Fly Encryption" refers to the encrypting/decrypting of data as it is written to or read from your hard disk. The data on your disk (either the whole disk or a portion of it, as you see fit) is stored in an encrypted form, and FreeOTFE handles all read and write requests, so that the operating system, applications, etc, operate normally. Despite what you might expect, speed impact is generally minimal and will probably not be noticed by a user under most circumstances.
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    New security tools protect virtual machines

    Posted March 7, 2011 - 9:31 pm

    As enterprises move towards virtualizing more of their servers and data center infrastructure, the security technologies that are plentiful and commonplace in the physical world become few and far between.
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    Store, manage passwords with sticky password

    Posted February 28, 2011 - 9:52 pm

    Sticky Password ($30, 30-day free trial) helps you manage your ever-growing collection of passwords. I have about 400 of them stored in Mozilla Firefox, and I doubt I'm atypical. Many are useless or outdated; far too many are identical or similar. It's easy to slip into very bad habits, and to forget that even if you don't care if your log in to a minor blog site is hacked, you could lose it all if you use the same password for something more important. Further, you have passwords and codes for things other than Web sites--bank accounts, home security, credit cards.
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    The best hardware and software of the year

    Posted January 12, 2011 - 9:21 am

    InfoWorld's 2011 Technology of the Year Awards recognize the best products at the forefront of today's top data center, desktop, mobile, and programming trends.
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    Battle of the security superpowers

    Posted January 4, 2011 - 2:57 pm

    It's no longer enough for antivirus software to scan files on your PC. You need someone looking over your shoulder and telling you whether it's safe to click that link; whether the popup for that software update is legitimate; and whether that download from your favorite social network is actually a tool created by organized criminals for stealing your personal information. You need an all-in-one Internet security suite capable of identifying, blocking, and cleaning up after a wide array of malware.
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    PC Tools Internet Security 2011

    Posted January 3, 2011 - 10:09 pm

    Does slow and steady win the race?
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    Eset Smart Security 4.2

    Posted January 3, 2011 - 10:08 pm

    Eset Smart Security 4 ($60 for one year, one PC; $70 for one year, three PCs, as of 12/2/2010) came at or near the back of the pack in most of our malware detection, blocking, and disinfecting tests.
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    BitDefender Internet Security 2011

    Posted January 3, 2011 - 10:07 pm

    Are you a casual computer user who wants a streamlined security software experience? Or are you a dyed-in-the-wool computer pro who wants access to every configuration option, security alert, and log- file entry?
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    Symantec Norton Internet Security 2011

    Posted January 3, 2011 - 10:06 pm

    A solid solution, Symantec's venerable Norton Internet Security ($70 for a one-year, three-PC license, as of 12/2/2010) continues to incrementally update and advance both its interface and detection rates.
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    Webroot Internet Security Essentials 2011

    Posted January 3, 2011 - 10:05 pm

    The word "essential" denotes something of absolute necessity--something that you can't get by without. But Webroot Internet Security Essentials 2011 ($60 for one year, three PCs, as of 12/2/2010) is sadly a bit of a misnomer: Its antimalware performance proved it was simply not up to the task of securing a modern PC. If you want "essential" protection, you'll need to look elsewhere.
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    Panda Internet Security 2011

    Posted January 3, 2011 - 10:04 pm

    Let's start with the good news: Panda Internet Security 2011 ($60 for one year, one PC; $70 for one year, three PCs, as of 12/2/2010) has some of the best protection going. Its and 99.8 percent detection of samples of known malware was tops among the 13 applications we tested. It completely blocked 21 of 25 attacks in real-world malware blocking tests (that help determine how well it can block brand new malware), and partially blocked three more, which, while not a top score, is still a solid performance. It's also no slouch in fixing downed machines, removing 80 percent of active malware components.
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    Trend Micro Titanium Internet Security 2011

    Posted January 3, 2011 - 10:02 pm

    There is a lot to be said for minimalism, but with Titanium Internet Security 2011 ($70 for one year, three PCs, as of 12/2/2010), Trend Micro takes it to the extreme. The suite's user interface is one of the most simplistic and stripped-down of the security apps we tested. A simple summary of threats stopped, a link to the utility's parental controls, and the date that your subscription expires are all the information the primary display offers. Below that, you can choose to scan your system, configure options, or check your logs. A large blue "Tools" button is actually a red herring, telling you only whether parental controls and "data theft prevention" (a rather useless utility that mysteriously claims to "prevent hackers from stealing credit card numbers, passwords" and so forth) are turned on.
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    Comodo Internet Security Complete 2011

    Posted January 3, 2011 - 10:01 pm

    The good news is that Comodo Internet Security Complete 2011 ($70 for one year and three PCs, as of 12/2/2010) blocked a full 25 out of 25 of real-world attacks in our hands-on testing of the product.
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    G-Data Internet Security 2011

    Posted January 3, 2011 - 10:00 pm

    Novices will want to run, not walk, away from G-Data Internet Security 2011 ($40 for one year, one PC; $60 for one year, three PCs, as of 12/2/2010). While it's more than capable at stopping viruses, its complexity, cluttered interface, and overly scary warnings make it less appropriate for more casual users.
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    McAfee Internet Security 2011

    Posted January 3, 2011 - 9:59 pm

    Bargain hunters: Be patient and you'll often find McAfee on sale at a deep discount: The company's Internet Security 2011 (regularly $65 for one year, three PCs as of 12/2/2010) is often available for as little as $40, making it by far the cheapest way to secure the PCs you have at home.
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    Kaspersky Internet Security 2011

    Posted January 3, 2011 - 9:58 pm

    Known for being a power user's antimalware tool, Kaspersky has quietly evolved its Kaspersky Internet Security software ($80 for a one-year, three-PC license, as of 12/2/2010) into a somewhat kinder, gentler application more suitable for the masses.
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    Avira AntiVir Premium Security Suite

    Posted January 3, 2011 - 9:56 pm

    Users looking for a free antimalware product to protect themselves have long enjoyed Avira, which is available in a no-cost version for personal use, but which subjects you to a single daily pop-up urging you to buy the full suite.
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    F-Secure Internet Security 2011

    Posted January 3, 2011 - 9:54 pm

    Simple, simple, simple. That's the marching order of F-Secure Internet Security 2011 ($60 for one year, three PCs, as of 12/2/2010), an antimalware utility that focuses on safeguarding the computers of novices and especially families.
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    Secure flash drives lock down your data

    Posted December 13, 2010 - 12:54 pm

    Hollywood makes secure flash storage look easy. If the bad guy steals a thumb drive, it either blows up or some secret counterintelligence agency marshals the nation's resources in a no-holds-barred data hunt--most likely with Bruce Willis or Tommy Lee Jones working the streets. If the good guy steals the drive, it goes to a special-needs, special-deeds sidekick in a basement somewhere who cracks the code in 5 minutes.
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    Protect your Android phone with security apps

    Posted December 3, 2010 - 11:37 am

    You back up data on your computer in case it crashes, and you might install LoJack on your car to help recover it in case someone steals it--so why shouldn't you protect your Android phone? Most people carry a lot of sensitive data on their phones. If someone steals your handset or if you happen to lose it, all that personal information is suddenly not so personal anymore. Your phone is an investment, so you should safeguard your contacts, photos, texts, videos, and music.

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