Security

Five portable security apps you should carry on your USB drive

Introduction

NOTE: If you'd prefer to view this information as a blog post, check out this entry in our Five Apps blog.

Portable apps make life easier for system and network administrators, and security is one area where portable apps can make a big difference. But there are so many to choose from, it's hard to piece together a collection of tools that best fit your needs. Here are a few portable security apps you might never have heard of. Even if you only take away one or two of these tools, your portable security toolkit will have improved significantly.

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About

Jack Wallen is an award-winning writer for TechRepublic and Linux.com. He’s an avid promoter of open source and the voice of The Android Expert. For more news about Jack Wallen, visit his website getjackd.net.

15 comments
Leo
Leo

Hi, I ran the tool on my clean laptop just to see the tool in action. To my surprise it tried to run an executable called "incredimail" Trend Micro detected it and quarantined it. You should realy test these products before you recomend them. thanks, Leo

wolfkiss2
wolfkiss2

Thanks for the list, these look handy for those of us who have to spend time supporting a large number of Windows users to make our living!

anil_g
anil_g

Only one of them works on anything except Windows.

eantonorsi
eantonorsi

I will look into some of them. Wonder CCleaner does a good cleaning job, I??ll try BleachBit, just to see.

jrush
jrush

I'm leery of downloading something from blogspot instead of sourceforge or CNET!

1vrs
1vrs

My Sophos blocks the download site for RemoveFakeAntivirus. "Malicious Content Blocked. Location: olzen.info/RemoveFakeAntivirus.exe. The requested location contains malicious content identified as CXweb/BadDlod-f and was blocked from downloading"

tneto
tneto

Hi Jack. Thank you so much for the handy lists of tools and applications over the years. What would really be nice though, is a summary screen or article page listing all of the key items from the "list of" article. As it is, I have to traverse back though to obtain the items (tools) after reviewing through many images. Note, pictures are pretty, but take forever to load even on high speed link (1Gb) on a iCore7 with 8GB RAM notebook. IMHO... Tim

wilsondatalink
wilsondatalink

Remove Fake Antivirus claims on their web page that AVG Antivirus is fake and malware. Why would that be ? Do they have any specific evidence of this. Any help would be appreciated.

Jody Gilbert
Jody Gilbert

Yep, that's pirate-speak -- a cross between security and scurvy. Fixed; thanks. --Jody

ashwinks
ashwinks

Linux must not have spell check capabiliy in it's content creation suite of apps :). I almost mis-took it for a new buzz word

acubley
acubley

Scurity? Is it talk like a pirate day already? How'd that one get through your spell checker? ;)

strydr
strydr

Be careful with BleachBit quite an agressive cleaner.

JCitizen
JCitizen

he linked to help, at least a little? Maybe not! :(

jlwallen
jlwallen

there was a fake AVG that went around. when it first hit it was a nightmare to remove.

kitekrazy
kitekrazy

They remove the virus but so many things were not fixed deep into the system. I had so many files that were locked, software stopped working. The only work around was to create a new user and from now on install software and check "install for all users".