Dec 16, 2013

What to do to secure PC beyond anti-virus software and a firewall?

I’m a little paranoid after a rootkit turned up on my PC a couple of weeks ago, and I have no idea how it got there or how long it was there before my anti-virus software identified it. Beyond up-to-date anti-virus software and a firewall, what can I do to help ensure security and privacy on my PC?


Rootkits are smart enough to hide themselves as integrated codes/apps. In order to detect such smart injections, you need to monitor some of the specific symptom in your system; like:


  • Monitor DLL files and hook ups
  • Peep into API/Kernel codes
  • Regular cleaning of junk registry files

    In order to prevent rootkit infection in your system, make sure to do follow some of the basic security measures; such as:


  • Scan via applications like RootkitRevealer or Blacklight
  • Update and regular scan with antivirus apps like Immunet, Norton, F-Secure etc which comes up with rootkit detection tools.
  • Implementing firewall protection in PC
  • Harden your workstation against online attacks


    PC security, NSA-style: 7 tips from the spymasters

    "If you’re like most users, you take your privacy seriously. So we went right to the experts—the NSA itself—and pored over the agency’s security tips and recommendations for its Department of Defense and intelligence-community customers. From there, we identified seven measures that both consumers and small businesses can easily implement to protect themselves from hackers and cybercriminals—and perhaps even from the NSA. "

    First off, examine your own actions for behaviors that are high risk, things like opening attachments on emails and visiting risky sites (which are often risque sites).  You might want to also consider keystroke encryption software, which should prevent keyloggers from stealing your passwords, account numbers, etc. It seems like overkill, but as your experience with the rootkit suggests, maybe it is actually just a reasonable level of caution. After all, just because you’re paranoid, it doesn’t mean that they aren’t watching you.

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