Readers share their Security Baseline nominees

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By Ryan Russell

Windows Secrets readers have been giving me their feedback loud and clear: they hate Norton all-in-one products and love standalone antivirus, antispyware, and firewall apps.

Still, I have to say that security suites do remain a valid option for people looking for no-muss, no-fuss protection for their PCs.

We got lots of con and little pro on Symantec’s Norton Internet Security 2009. I reported in a Feb. 26 Top Story that reviewers from PCMag.com, PC World, and Maximum PC had made NIS 2009 their No. 1 choice as the best security suite. Not all of you agree.

WS readers are clearly more tech-savvy than the average PC user. In fact, chances are good that you manage several PCs — or several hundred. Many of these machines are used by people who don’t know Safe Mode from apple pie à la mode.

As editorial director Brian Livingston explained in his Mar. 5 column, the WS Security Baseline summarizes the latest ratings on just the minimum PC security measures: a hardware firewall, a security suite, and a software updater. This is for people who have no security perimeter and need to know at least the first things to do. Most PC users will augment the baseline, depending on how and where they use their system.

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Ryan Russell

About Ryan Russell

Ryan Russell is a quality assurance manager at BigFix Inc., a configuration management company. He moderated the vuln-dev mailing list for three years under the alias "Blue Boar." He was the lead author of Hack-Proofing Your Network, 2nd Ed., and the technical editor of the Stealing the Network book series.