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Many people want to know if their security can be compromised so they wait to see if their method of security works. People need tools to test it not just wait to see if you get a virus and your virus scanner will detect it. Remember, rootkits are getting more and more clever they latch on to the OS in many different parts (Kernel, system folders, etc…)  and many virus scanners will not detect them. You have to use tools such as “Gmer” Found on http://www.gmer.net or other tools. One day I found an article where it shows links to sites that will test certain aspects of security. I can’t find the link to the page so sorry to the creator of the article .

WARNING I TAKE NO PART WITH ANY SITE HERE BELOW  AND THE SITES ARE FOR TESTING ONLY!!!

Test Your Computers Security!

I thought I’d put together a few ways of testing your systems security setup. These are not virus or malware scanners but various ways of testing your current security software.

Virus Test

The Eicar Virus is a harmless virus that contains a string of characters that will be recognised by all Anti-Virus or Anti-Malware vendors. By downloading it your a/v should detect it and attempt to quarantine it. It can be downloaded in various formats (.txt, .zip) and is available here:

Eicar.org

The file will test that your antivirus is functioning properly.

Trojan simulator is similar but installs a process and a registry autostart entry that your av package should detect:

Trojan Simulator

Firewall Testing

Inbound

A firewall should be able to block incoming attacks from trojans or hackers. To test this ability it is good to see which ports are hidden on your computer or “stealthed”.

A good website to test your stealthed ports is GRC Shields Up! Follow the link below then click on shields up and follow the simple instructions.

GRC Shields UP!

For a firewall to be effective it needs to stop malware from contacting the internet. Malware may connect to upload stolen info, download more malicious software or serve you adverts.

Outbound

To test whether your firewall will allow leaks in different ways you can use the software from Comodo on this page:

Firewall leak testing tools from Comodo

This software when run will try and communicate with the internet in various sneaky ways to try and bypass your firewall. A good firewall should stop these methods. Don’t let your A/V block the file, as it may be detected as a potentially unwanted program but isn’t a virus.

Popups, as well as being really annoying can serve you malware. To test your Browsers Popup stopping ability then try these links:

Popup Stopper Test

Online Popup Blocker Tests

Online Phishing Sites Testing

PhishTank has a list of recently submitted phishes (website forgeries designed to scam in some way).  The confidently brave or secure can check out these by surfing to these links…  But be wary of clicking on these sites as they can often serve viruses. If a phish is detected then your security software’s phishing protection should warn you. Firefox and Internet Explorer in built phishing filters should also provide protection or warnings.

Phishtank.com

Conficker Test

To test whether you have the conficker worm, this website will load an image from some of the websites that the conficker worm attempts to block. The site explains itself better than I can but essentially if you are missing the images you could be infected.

Conficker Eye Chart

Browser Security Testing

Browsers have various security issues and to test your browser then surf here:

Browser Security Test

You may only have vulnerabilities if you are not running the latest version of your browser.

Test Your Email Spam Filter

This website will send you a number of emails designed to test your email software’s spam filtering abilities in a variety of ways:

www.nospamtoday.com

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The Guide to Locking Down a PC

By: Brett Leahy

Blog: https://tysonmax20042003.wordpress.com

First of all, you want to get a list of security programs that you want to implement and do research of new and old variability’s on the OS that you can change manually. First of all windows variability’s are now and not changed on XP to this day but I don’t know about Vista is. UPNP (Universal Plug & Play), Windows Raw Sockets, Windows Messenger Service (NOT MSN), Windows MICE Detection, DECOM Modulator (Taming Windows’ Dangerous DCOM / RPC System), Also, you should try some free programs from GRC.com (Gibson Research Center) (Steve Gibson) to get rid of all the variability’s listed above. And other programs such as

Windows XP Critical Variability fix

<  Patch Work (Finds holes in windows that hackers used and holes found that can be used)

Securable (finds how secure your CPU is and vendibilities in 32 or 64 bit version of windows and variability’s in motherboard)

Windows MICE Detection

Noshare/Letshare (allows or does not allow NetBIOS traffic on local network )

Or you can also add

Secunia (finds software on the PC that has vendibilities and also your operation system, also free for home users but businesses have to pay a small fee.)

MSAL (Microsoft Security Assessment Tool) (this gives you a survey you answer to see how secure your network or PC security is.)

MBSA (Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer) (for IT Professionals) (Scans for vendibilities in windows and windows settings and more)

Now you are done the basic of protection, now you can:

Virus protection and threat protection:

You can now pick one of the fallowing Anti-Virus programs:

Norton (I had bad experiences with Norton…Great firewall when it works and does not conflict with OS firewall)/MacAfee/AVG/Zone Alarm/Panda/Eeyed (Commercial)

avast! antivirus Home Edition (Avast! Is free for home use but you have to pay if it is for small to large businesses)

Moon Secure/ClamAV (Free open source)

Spybot Search and Destroy (Stops spyware and also adds rouge internet sites to the Windows host file)

Free AVG (Grisoft)/ Lavasoft Stuff Paid

AVG offers programs such as anti-virus and other features for home use but for extra protection you have to pay for.

Ad-Aware (this stops pop-up’s and adware)

Anti-rootkit (stops rouge viruses or software that is doing harm to your system)

Now the following is a program that is used to track and block bad IP’s and IP’s from governments and schools, research facilities and MPAA and Anti-Piracy IP’s.

Peer Guardian (monitors all internet traffic from UDP and TCP communication and Stops traffic from rouge internet sites)

The following is a program from grc.com called leaktest it tests your firewall to see if any non authorized programs like itself and viruses can access the web without your permission.

Leak Test (Finds if your firewall will stop internet activity from rogue programs or viruses)

Other Software you Might Need:

Tor (gives you anonymous on the web and encrypts all TCP traffic through 3 random tor nodes and gives each connection a 256 bit AES encryption)(Free and Open Source)

I2P (gives you anonymous on the web and encrypts all TCP and UDP traffic through 4 random nodes and gives each connection a 256 bit AES encryption) (Free and Open Source)

Firefox (Very secure FREE open source Web browser with many web extensions that can make your web experience more safe and convenient at the same time. ) (Free and Open Source)

True Crypt (encrypts your hard drive so no one can open it without the password) (Free and Open Source)

Defraggler (rearranges files to free up room) (Freeware)

CCleaner (Crap Cleaner)(Gets rid of temporary files that you don’t need and takes up unneeded room)(Freeware)

Links for items you see on this page!

avast! antivirus Home Edition

http://www.avast.com/eng/avast_4_home.html

Windows XP Critical Variability fix

Patch Work (Finds holes in windows that hackers used and holes found that can be used)

Securable (finds how secure your CPU is and vendibilities in 32 or 64 bit version of windows and variability’s in motherboard)

<!  Windows MICE Detection

Noshare/Letshare (allows or does not allow NetBIOS traffic on local network )

Leak Test (Finds if your firewall will stop internet activity from rogue programs or viruses)

And more…

http://www.grc.com/freepopular.htm

Secunia (finds software on the PC that has vendibilities and also your operation system, also free for home users but businesses have to pay a small fee.)

http://psi.secunia.com/

MSAL (Microsoft Security Assessment Tool) (this gives you a survey you answer to see how secure your network or PC security is.)

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=6d79df9c-c6d1-4e8f-8000-0be72b430212&displaylang=en

MBSA (Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer) (for IT Professionals) (Scans for vendibilities in windows and windows settings and more)

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=f32921af-9dbe-4dce-889e-ecf997eb18e9&DisplayLang=en

Moon Secure/ClamAV (Free open source)

http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=169560

Spybot Search and Destroy (Stops spyware and also adds rouge internet sites to the Windows host file)

http://www.safer-networking.org/en/mirrors/index.html

Peer Guardian (monitors all internet traffic from UDP and TCP communication and Stops traffic from rouge internet sites)

http://phoenixlabs.org/pg2/

I2P (gives you anonymous on the web and encrypts all TCP and UDP traffic through 4 random nodes and gives each connection a 256 bit AES encryption) (Free and Open Source)

http://www.i2p2.de/download.html

Tor (gives you anonymous on the web and encrypts all TCP traffic through 3 random tor nodes and gives each connection a 256 bit AES encryption)(Free and Open Source)

http://www.torproject.org/download.html.en

Firefox (Very secure FREE open source Web browser with many web extensions that can make your web experience more safe and convenient at the same time. ) (Free and Open Source)

http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/products/download.html?product=firefox-3.0.1&os=win&lang=en-US

True Crypt (encrypts your hard drive so no one can open it without the password)(Free and Open Source)

http://www.truecrypt.org/downloads.php

Defraggler (rearranges files to free up room) (Freeware)

http://www.defraggler.com/download

CCleaner (Crap Cleaner)(Gets rid of temporary files that you don’t need and takes up unneeded room)(Freeware)

http://www.ccleaner.com/download

Anti-Rootkit (stops rouge viruses or software that is doing harm to your system)

http://download.grisoft.cz/softw/70/filedir/inst/avgarkt/avgarkt-setup-1.1.0.42.exe (Direct Link)

Ad-Aware (this stops pop-up’s and adware)

http://lavasoft.com/products/ad_aware_free.php

AVG (Home Edition/Business)(Full Protection)

http://www.grisoft.com/ww.home-and-office-security

AVG FREE Edition

http://free.avg.com/ww.download?prd=afe

Eeye (Free Edition but have to sign up)

http://free-antivirus.eeye.com/

Eeye (Commercial)(Full Protection)

http://shop.eeye.com/servlet/ControllerServlet?Action=DisplayHomePage&SiteID=eeyeinc&Locale=en_US&Env=BASE

Zone Alarm (Free!!!!!!! Firewall ONLY!!!!!)

http://www.zonealarm.com/store/content/catalog/products/zonealarm_free_firewall.jsp

Zone Alarm (Full Protection)

http://www.zonealarm.com/store/content/catalog/catalog_main.jsp

Panda (Full Protection/ Free) (requires registration)

http://www.pandasecurity.com/activescan/register/

Norton (I had bad experiences with Norton…Great firewall when it works and does not conflict with OS firewall) (Full Protection)

http://www.symantec.com/norton/theme.jsp?themeid=new-2008

McAfee (Full Protection)

http://us.mcafee.com/root/package.asp?pkgid=276&cid=25636

Welcome to your source of security for your computer. Every OS is welcome (Unix based, Linux, Windows and Mac) This blog will show you security holes in the OS browsers, programs and Now even worse privacy.