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Do You Need Some Additional Security Counter measures?

In addition to running a full intent security suite such as anti-virus, spy-ware and firewall software, one should consider adding vulnerability detection and Host and/or Network Intrusion detection software. There are many options out there most are pricey but there are some free options available for Windows. Many run on a UNIX/ Linux-based require a decent amount of knowledge of networking and Internet security protocols to understand and thus I would not recommend them to the average user.

For the everyday end-user I would recommend Sax 2 Intrusion Detection System. Although the free version only runs for 12 hours at a time thus needs to be restarted once a day it is a powerful NIDS that is not too difficult to set up and understand. It offers several levels of protection from simple monitoring to complete blocking of threats and can be set up to E-mail the user of Intrusions detected and various logging options available.

http://www.ids-sax2.com/TrialDownloads.htm

Another useful tool for threat detection is Wire Shark. Wire id an analysis tool to study network traffic and packets. You can even see hidden messages in download for example. It can be complicated to use the advanced features but can be a useful tool for even an n inexperienced user. Wire Shark is a professional tool and takes years to master and even is offered as a certification in the industry so it is a toll that one can grow into.

http://www.wireshark.org/download.html

CredDigger is another useful Vulnerability detection tool. It is available for download from FoundStone. CredDigger Checks for vulnerabilities primarily in user accounts.

CredDigger v2.1 | McAfee Free Tools

A final tool is MBSA from Microsoft which check for vulnerabilities in Windows and other Microsoft software as well as missing updates it can be download from Microsoft from Microsoft free of charge.

http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&id=19892

One a final Note:

Please remember to restart to reset your computer and unplug your routers and all connecting cables to refresh and clear the ARP and maximize your connection speed and if you are set up on a DHCP Connection refresh your TCIP settings.

AS always we are available for further comments and suggestions.

Trent Rindoks

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