Computer security covers a horde of domains—password policies,software patches, account restrictions, protection againstmalware , viruses , crapware , adware and more
There are number of free tools online that will make SWOT analysisof the system . Followings are the some of the best ones and ofcourse they arefree , only money to be spend is the internet connections timings.
• Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer
• Belarc Advisor
• AOL Active Security Monitor
Microsoft Security Baseline Analyzer is A-one
The free MBSA programcan be downloaded from Microsoft.com .Theinstallation of MBSA requires validationviaWindows Genuine Advantage. It can analyze a single computeror or multiplecomputers on network.
Each entry in thereport links to HTML help text, explainingwhat was scanned and (in many cases)giving details on the results. If a problemis found, a “How to correct this” link is also available.
The help files, in turn, often link to additional files online,such as Microsoft Knowledge Base articles.
It provides serious scanning and smart solutions.
It can be used by both intermediate computer users and also professionals.The Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer the best product I haveseen.
Belarc Advisor provides detail without advice
Belarc Advisor gives too much information.
It checks whether you have the latest Windows patches andvirus protection It fails to tell you which apps need updating.
It can be used in Windows 2000, XP Pro, or 2003,
Like MBSA, BelarcAdvisor’s detailed reports are tied in to ahelp file of explanations. the program’s explanations are poor and have no furthereducation link to online resources.
It has free versions for personal use and professional paidversion and detail informations can be obtained from its website .
Other analyzers not up to the standard !!!!
SecurAble is a free tool from Gibson Research
Explanatory info is provided at the SecurAble Web site. The program doesn’t look atany other security aspects of your PC.
Active SecurityMonitor (ASM) from AOL has the most attractive interface . It gives suspicious informationsthat will put trouble for inexperienced and amatuer users .
ASM enquires security on firewall, virus and spyware , HIPS , IEprotection , Wi-Fi connection and Windows are fully patched position ,backup software (but it failed to detect Windows ownbuilt-in backup application). It checks the status of Wi-Fi connection security which is a unique features among all the analysers .
Xp-Antispy is settings specific to Windows XP that may affect PCsecurity. In one of my laptop it actually gives trouble.
The program presents a list of checkboxesshowing the state of these settings and lets you change the setting immediately without opening anyother control panel or Windows tool.
Its interface is childish.
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