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10 free security tools you should already be using

Ryan Naraine recently put together a photo gallery that describes 10 free security tools you might want to look into, and I just PDFed it for those who want to download the info in one consolidated document. The gallery includes one product that has since become defunct (Active Virus Shield), so I substituted another tool that received a secondary mention in his gallery (LinkScanner Lite). Here's a list of all the products discussed in the download:

#1: Secunia Personal Software Inspector

#2: OpenDNS

#3: Haute Secure

#4: LinkScanner Lite

#5: GMER anti-rootkit

#6: Netcraft Toolbar

#7: File Shredder

#8: CCleaner

#9: PC Decrapifier

#10: NoScript for Firefox

What additional tools do you think belong on this list?


Jody Gilbert has been writing and editing technical articles for the past 25 years. She was part of the team that launched TechRepublic and is now senior editor for Tech Pro Research.


Note that some of the tools listed are free for personal use only. Bit in any case -- is there any plan to update the list? It's coming up on two years old now, plus the commenters suggestions would be worth pursuing.


Please add the following to the list #11: SpyBot #12: BelarcAdvisor #13: ActivePort #14: SpyOnThis #15: AdsGoneSpywareBlocker


DBAN- I particularly like the variable settings. I use it to wipe all of my machines before they're sent to surplus or re-implemented elsewhere.


SpyOnThis is a corrupt anti-spyware application that displays exaggerated errors in its scan reports in order to trick users into buying its full version. Although it presents itself as a legitimate spyware remover, SpyOnThis is just a scam created to milk money from gullible users.

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