A Custom Security Suite that Beats Norton: For Free?

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Do you use Norton Security or an "all-in-1" solution to protect your PC? You might not want to after you read this:

Infopackets Reader Mike L. writes:

" Dear Dennis,

My problem is that I'm a relatively naive computer user and have -- for some time now -- depended on Norton's 'all in one' security package (firewall / anti-virus / anti-spam) to blanket my PC from Internet nasties.

A friend told me that Norton tends to configure a PC to best meet their own specifications, and that this causes periodic corruptions. Can you point me to information about the best way for a less than experienced user to build a security package, as in what basics do I need? Freeware would be great, but I'm willing to pay in exchange for my inexperience. Any information be greatly appreciated. "

My response:

I can't verify that Norton's configuration scheme causes periodic corruptions (and can't see why it would) -- but I will comment on PC security in general, as your question has raised a good point.

Personally, I've never cared for "all-in-1" solutions when it comes to protecting my PC from exploits, hackers, spyware, viruses, malware, etc.

All-in-1 security solutions tend to be spread too thin in one area, while more focused in another. It's true: Symantec (which makes the Norton suite of programs) makes really great antivirus software -- and that's what they're *really* known for -- however, Norton isn't exactly cutting edge for their firewall or antispyware solutions. In fact, many users regard Norton Security as lackluster, at best.

McAfee is no different. And neither are the rest.

So why would anyone rely on an all-in-1 solution to protect their PC? I'm guessing it's for the same reason why people buy cheap insurance. Sure, it'll save you money in the long run -- but when you really need it, you often get screwed.

Think about it!

By far, it's a much better idea to take the best of the best for each category, and combine your own solution -- and I think that's what you're after.

Now for the answer to your question.

Quite honestly, I've answered this question already -- umpteen different times and in-depth each step of the way. In fact, I got so tired of answering this same question that I finally got off my keister and wrote a book about it.

How about that?

To settle any doubts and to give everyone the most informed decision (and best choices possible), my answer to this question is 44 pages long, written in simple English specifically for new and intermediate computer users in mind (with plenty of examples), showcases both freeware and subscription-based models, and is presented in an easy to read and well-referenced eBook called, "Microsoft Windows and Internet Security: An in-depth look at security concerns facing home PC users today."

And really, you don't need to be a computer geek to understand it. That's why it's 44 pages. If you can read a newspaper, you'll take great pleasure in reading this eBook.

With that said, I urge you -- and others -- to please consider downloading the eBook. Details on are here:

Dennis' PC and Internet Security Tutorial

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