Best free utility for 2004

Winner: PrevX Intrusion Detection and Prevention Software

In the coming year I suspect that most users will end up installing at least one intrusion detection software product (IDS) on their PC. That’s because IDS provide a vital additional layer of protection against internet security threats.

Current security products like anti-virus software and spyware scanners have a serious weakness. They are only effective at protecting you from viruses, worms, trojans and spyware that are currently listed in their signature databases. They offer little protection against new malware products whose signatures are unknown.

Many anti-virus vendors only distribute updates to their signature files on a weekly basis. In the interval between updates your PC is vulnerable to new threats.  Unfortunately such threats can propagate across the internet in hours.

That’s where IDS can play a vital role in securing your PC.

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