What is your Security Concept?

Martin Brinkmann
Apr 10, 2007
Updated • Jun 9, 2013

Many novice users use software that comes preinstalled with their purchased computer and rely on it to be safe from the dangers that lurk on every corner in the Internet.

Trojans, malware, spyware or phishing are threats that every user should know about. Not only what these types of malicious software or attacks do, but also how to identify them and stop them in their tracks.

I'd like to share with you how I secure my system and while I have to admit that it is not the most secure system possible, it is as secure as it can get without becoming inconvenient.If you want total security, do not connect to the Internet at all.

To begin with, I'd like to mention that the most important part or aspect of my security lineup is knowledge. Not only about threats but also what I can do safely on the Internet, what may or may not be dangerous, and what is definitely dangerous and better to be avoided.

I know how phishing emails look like, I know when I should be doubtful of files that I want to execute and I do know how to select passwords that can not be brute forced in a short period of time.


I do rely on a hardware firewall that is properly configured keeping many attacks away from my computer. I don't run a software firewall because I think this is a) not necessary because of the hardware firewall and b) could lead to attacks that are not there without it. Every piece of software installed on my system is a potential way to hack my system.

Anti virus:

I use the free AntiVir as a virus scanner. This is probably not the best choice in the world but good free scanners are rare. I keep it running all the time with automatic updates. Nothing compared to commercial products that update once every 30 minutes but good enough to react on all threats that make it on my system. My Knowledge prevents most possible ways of attacking my system with viruses and trojans anyway.


I have two hard drives with more than 500 gigabytes of encrypted data using the excellent Open Source software True Crypt. This is important to prevent local access to my files as long as the hard drives have not been mounted.


Something that I feel is overrated. I tend to run Ad-Aware and Spybot every other week to scan my system but I normally find some tracking cookies, that is all.


The same can be said for Rootkits. I tend to use Rootkit Revealer or other products to check my system for rootkits but only occasionally. I would never put a Sony CD into my Computer anway ;)

Browsing, Email:

No Microsoft products if possible. I do use Opera and Firefox for web surfing and Thunderbird as my main email client. Both browsers are more secure than Microsofts Internet Explorer and Outlook. Maybe because they are better products, maybe because hackers like to concentrate on Microsoft products because more users are using them.

Did I leave something out ? What is your security concept? Let me know, I like to read about software or tips that I never thought about in first place.


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  1. suraj said on September 12, 2010 at 4:31 am

    it is a good way to all the peaple

  2. greg said on November 3, 2007 at 5:39 am

    Firewall: Sygate

    Antivirus: Symantec Corporate + Kaspersky

    Encryption: True Crypt + Security Box + AxCrypt

    Traces: Mutilate File Wiper, CCleaner, Mars WinCleaner, RamDisk Plus

    Monitoring: Security Task Manager +Spy protector

  3. Faust-C said on April 12, 2007 at 2:10 pm

    pf – firewall best in the world imho
    anti-virus – none, no need
    spyware/adware – none, no need
    Opera – Due to that has less vunerabilities than most browsers out there and less mem useage.
    Encryption – Using the built in encryption that FreeBSD comes w/ for partitions(even have my swap encrypted, lol)
    Rootkits – none i dont haev that problem

  4. m0glors said on April 11, 2007 at 10:40 am

    Linux. :(D

  5. chrissss said on April 11, 2007 at 12:28 am

    after install: xpy
    firewall: Sygate Peronal Firewall (old unsuported – imho the best)
    anti virus: ClamWin (once a week)
    anti rootkit: IceSword, GMER, BartPE
    anti spyware: SpyBot (once a week, runed from GMER after ‘kill all’ option), Unlocker
    encryption: TrueCrypt + TC-Temp + SecureTrayUtil, AxCrypt
    encryption (fileserver): CryptoBOX
    wiping/shredding: Eraser, DBAN

    – nice: SeaMonkey
    – warez, p0rn, etc.: Firefox + Privoxy
    – banking: Opera

  6. CHR said on April 10, 2007 at 6:28 pm

    In addition to a firewall, anti virus etc. I have a restricted user profile on xp, which is another safety net.

    But caution is the most important of all.

  7. rruben said on April 10, 2007 at 4:01 pm

    Anti virus: nod32 (the torrent is also free)
    sometimes I run hitman pro.

  8. Steve J said on April 10, 2007 at 3:22 pm

    Mine isn’t that much different to your’s but there are a few differences.

    Firewall: Comodo (Free)
    Anti Virus: Avast Home Edition (Yep it’s Free but as good as most of the commercial AV’s in my opinion)
    Encryption: Not much really since I’ve never considered anything on my machine to be important enough to encrypt LOL
    Spyware: Spybot (I like you tend to only find tracking cookies) I do also use Bazooka Scanner (Free) which helps you manually remove the worse ones should you be unlucky enough to pick them up
    Rootkits:Rootkit Revealer (I to would never put a Sony CD in my machine)

    in addition I also run Startup Monitor (Free) which does exactly what it says and watches for anything being added to a startup routine and asks me if I want to allow it

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