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Security and Privacy Guide

Step 7 - Software

Once you've completed all of the steps in one of the security guides, I recommend downloading, installing, and using the following free and commercial security software programs. If Mac OS and GNU/Linux equivalents aren't included for some of the following types of software, find and use good quality equivalents to keep your system sufficiently secure.

WARNING For Windows Users: These programs will NOT keep your computer sufficiently secure unless you've first done steps 1 and 2, and secured Windows - if you've chosen not to use a virtual PC on a clean-installed and secured PC or Mac when online - by completing steps 3, 4, 5 and 6, and they won't keep your sensitive data private unless you do step 7 to secure data you want to keep and complete these steps to erase sensitive data you don't want to keep.


What's Malware?

Security Suites



Test Your Firewall for Leaks




Don't use Windows XP's firewall. Use one of the following security suites or firewalls instead. The free Comodo firewall was rated #1 by Matousec.com, ahead of Jetico, ZoneAlarm, Norton Personal Firewall, and other firewalls. It has 2-way protection and a stealth feature. Windows XP's firewall has neither. Only one-way protection.

If you're not concerned about dealing with every possible threat to your firewall, you should be.

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