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Chapter 9. Security Annoyances > GENERAL SECURITY ANNOYANCES

GENERAL SECURITY ANNOYANCES

GET FREE SECURITY CHECKUPS

The Annoyance:

I installed a firewall on my kid's PC, but being the paranoid parent that I am, I want to make sure I've locked out the bad guys. How can I give it a simple checkup?

The Fix:

For the most comprehensive check of your online security, head to Gibson Research (http://ww.grc.com) and perform the ShieldsUp test, which scans your PC for browser vulnerabilities, open network ports, and similar security flaws (see Figure 9-1). Also perform the Leak test, which checks your PC's vulnerability to Trojans. The Symantec web site (http://www.symantec.com) also offers a free online security test and a free online virus scanner. Click the Symantec Security Check link on the Downloads section of the main page to run their security scan. However, be wary when following the Security Check's advice—if it detects an older version of Norton AntiVirus on your system, for example, it will say you're at risk for getting a virus, even if your virus definitions are up-to-date.


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