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Thursday, February 4, 2010

Plug Security Holes

All of people have heard about Googles involvement and China and the issue that went on with that. The servers were exploited by a hole in IE.

http://www.cnn.com/2010/TECH/01/12/google.china/index.html

Heres some tips to keep you up to date to help minimize the amount of vulnerabilities on your PC.

First ditch IE. Its needed by the operating system for Windows Updates. Other than that its not needed and there are better alternatives. Consider a more secure browser such as Opera or Firefox. If you go with Firefox, which most people do, consider Ad-Block Plus and No-Script. I wouldnt recommend Chrome at this point for two reasons. The first being their huge mess up with their EULA and continuing to collect information on users after the user declined. Second being the lack of plug-ins available at the moment.

Second ditch Adobe. Adobe has loads of holes that I cant even begin to explain. Find another free PDF reader. I personally use FoxIt Reader. If you require the PDF creating elements look at CutePDF, NitroPDF, or NovaPDF. The last two are paid for softwares.

ALWAYS make sure your up to date with Windows Update. Patches come out every Tuesday. Set it to auto-update for Tuesdays. In some cases Windows releases emergency patches out side of their regular patching procedures.

Consider implementing SUMo and Secunia PSI.

SUMo is a software update monitor that alerts you to program updates before you use them. This is especially helpful when you dont have time to start up every program and run the update feature to make sure your up to date with all your programs.

SUMo, which stands for Software Update Monitor. Thanks to SUMo you'll be able to keep your PC up-to-date by using the most recent version of your favorite software ! Unlike build-in auto update features, SUMo tells you if updates are available before you need to use your software.

Features

* Automatic detection of installed software
* Detects required updates / patchs for your software
* Filter / authorize Beta versions (user setting)
* Ignore list : only tracks software YOU want to track
* More compatibility and less false positive than others Update Monitors (according to users feedback ;-)
* Internationalization support.


SUMo can be downloaded here:

http://www.kcsoftwares.com/index.php?sumo

Secunia PSI is a vulnerability scanner. It scans your system for potential holes and alerts you to end-of-life programs, a list of patched and current programs, browsing holes that have been detected in your web browsers, and a nice over view page that shows the programs you have made on plugging holes in your system. It also allows you to create a profile so you can see the percentage of vulnerabilities in your area.

Secunia PSI can be downloaded here:

http://secunia.com/PSISetup.exe