Challenges extending protection afforded to computer programs?
An actual good question put forth I fielded…. (handle “antibotnet” is a secondary one I use at Yahoo)
Q. What are some challenges with extending the extent of the protection afforded to computer programs? http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20130418173109AALNJvq
Malware has become quite sophisticated over the years because of antimalware programs becoming the more. Briefly, the point is that cyber crimewares and their malicious users (generally for illicit profit) oft times seek “softer targets” then the usual drive-by infection or malware laced email attachments etc.
Some of these have been softwares installed on the PC affording a break in to the system and even install many malwares and to even attempt to disable existing antimalware installed to take over the computer for nefarious reasons.
Those creating software have had to include adding security to them – to create safer programs by code hardening etc.
There is a security company that has offered free to the community (for several years now) a program that completely automates updating softwares installed on the computer. Many times newer established software programs have Update buttons in them to manually check for and apply important updates. These may also include a program Upgrade to a newer version which will be safer security wise, and may include cosmetics/features upgrades or additions.
The “challenges” you ask, to me, would be learning about the computer system and all the many Settings it contains which includes Recommended Security Settings. In short, if you want to really get serious and tweak the system and softwares installed – you may ultimately run into a 100 settings to observe and change to preferences – security minded preferences as recommended.
The challenges as to keeping all installed softwares up to date with patch/fix/update/upgrade has been automated by a very durable program from Secunia – millions of users now. The PSI scans softwares and their creators for any issued. You can choose to automatically or manually update any available. You can choose to run it at start up or manually once every two weeks or monthly etc. Those challenges would be to comb every website the softwares were downloaded from – the product company – to see if there are any messages/notices about Updates available as opposed to Upgrades. These are issued time to time and not always posted on their websites. It becomes all too tedious unless using only a couple wares. Most users end up trying everything under the sun to have fun or productivity on their PCs – what you can do with them. That results in a too painstaking search for keeping things up to date.
I TOTALLY RECOMMEND …. (to automate the challenges safely) …..
Secunia Personal Software Inspector (PSI) The Secunia PSI is a free security tool designed to detect vulnerable and out-dated programs and plug-ins which expose your PC to attacks. http://secunia.com/vulnerability_scanning/personal/
“Free computer security Stay secure by updating insecure programs on your computer with the Secunia PSI
The Secunia Personal Software Inspector (PSI) is a free computer security solution that identifies vulnerabilities in non-Microsoft (third-party) programs which can leave your PC open to attacks. Simply put, it scans software on your system and identifies programs in need of security updates to safeguard your PC against cybercriminals. It then supplies your computer with the necessary software security updates to keep it safe. The Secunia PSI even automates the updates for your insecure programs, making it a lot easier for you to maintain a secure PC. Using a scanner like Secunia PSI 3.0 is complementary to antivirus software, and as a free computer security program, is essential for every home computer.”
There is a total ongoing maintenance you learn by habit of manually “looking under the hood” – inspecting areas like Program Files, System32, Windows Registry, etc. Manually looking for malware entries. After first time spring cleaning of the PC and ongoing use of quality antimalware, this becomes a time to time task. It is good to know the PC like the back of your hand eventually.
Windows Updates of course are most times critical and important to install when issued. This should be set to automatic as recommended for the average user. You can check for missing Windows Updates with a click and quick scan using….
Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=19892
There are many more “power tools” to make you a “power user” . here are a few more….
Belarc Advisor http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html
jv16 PowerTools / PowerTools Lite http://www.macecraft.com/powertoolslite2011/
Microsoft Malware Prevention troubleshooter http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2534555
You will find a good short list here http://bluecollarpc.us/pc-help/ of the security technologies Microsoft has developed over the years and incorporated into the Windows Operating System.