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Internet security suites, really?

Posted 26 April 2009 - 03:44 PM

Hey guys, hows it going.

This question might seem a little odd at first but here me out.

For (lack of a better word) sophisticated computer users, is there any need for computer security software? (and before i get flamed) The last internet suite, or even a firewall/anti-virus i used was Norton internet security 2001. I hated the dam thing as i always thought it was creating extra work, when really i am a careful user. Let me allaborate.

I would class myself as an experienced computer and internet user, and what i mean by that is, i understand what the dangers are out there, i always know what i am downloading and where its going, i always keep a regular backup of anything i think holds value (work mainly), i always keep on top of updates (for system and apps), i am always careful when visiting "unknown sites" or have downloaded something from a forum. I spent alot of time on the computer to know when its acting different. I regularly wipe/format my computer once i feel its clutered with crap.

The thing is, i have never had or caught a virus (only very early days, you computer will shut down in 59secs OH NOES!!!), i don't get pestered my pop ups, i don't have spyware/adware/malware on my computer (regular checks). All i am running is windows firewall (hail to the chief baby!) What is the point of these security suites out there? i mean are they really that essential or are they just good at fear-mongering!

I want to know how you guys feel about them really, basically i feel if my computer went down badly, i would have the resources to just do a clean wipe and start again, rather than faffing about with restores and catching whatever went wrong?

Secondly i am interesting in hearing your experieces with them, what ones are good/bad (for whatever reasons :P)

My vaio has just had a clean start, and was thinking about putting some freeware security suite on there (as i have just started using alot of public networks) just to test it and see what it does.

Well let me know....

Cheers

Jason

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Re: Internet security suites, really?

Posted 26 April 2009 - 03:50 PM

Wrong thread and yes you need it. Emphasis on you!
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Re: Internet security suites, really?

Posted 26 April 2009 - 03:52 PM

it wasn't meant as something to go in a thread, its not a problem believe me, just wondering how everyone felt about it.

seem as i havn't been using one for the past 8 years and never had a problem...

if it is in the wrong thread just move it, i was just bored and blabbering :P
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Re: Internet security suites, really?

Posted 26 April 2009 - 03:55 PM

Anyway, he started the thread, so it's not in the wrong thread . A thread can't be in the wrong thread.
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Re: Internet security suites, really?

Posted 26 April 2009 - 04:39 PM

If you use pen drives on a regular basis you obviously need an antivirus. No question!
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Posted 28 April 2009 - 12:58 AM

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Re: Internet security suites, really?

Posted 28 April 2009 - 03:36 PM

Internet security suites are garbage.

View Postpapuccino1, on 26 Apr, 2009 - 06:39 PM, said:

If you use pen drives on a regular basis you obviously need an antivirus. No question!

No, you just need to turn off autorun.
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Re: Internet security suites, really?

Posted 28 April 2009 - 03:42 PM

*moved to Corner Cubicle*
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