10 Network Security Tools and Tests Everybody Should Use

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Security is something that everyone can benefit from, regardless of whether you’re managing a home network, a startup, or a security governance function for an enterprise. This whitepaper provides a list 10 security tools and tests that can help you spot suspicious issues and stay ahead of new threats and risks.
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Security management is something everyone should know. Security management is essential for everyone, regardless of whether you manage a home network, oversee a small startup, and/or perform security governance for an enterprise. Here are the basics of personal security technology.
Do not operate your computer as an administrator, but as a regular user account.
Every system should have a firewall.
Keep your anti-malware/anti-spyware scanners current.
Avoid risky actions like opening attachments or downloading files from unknown sources.

These concerns are likely to be addressed by you. I want to share the next steps in securing your computing system. Here are 10 security tools that every person should use. These products and services will help you verify your security, detect suspicious issues, and stay ahead of new threats and risks.
Note: Most of my recommended tools are Windows-only. Please send me an email if you know of any Mac or Linux solutions that provide similar functionality. Most of the items I list can be downloaded for free. If you find the free version indispensable, you might want to consider purchasing a paid version.
Nessus Home
Once a system is configured and updated, the next step is to test the security. There are many security scanners and vulnerability assessment tools that can be used to assess vulnerabilities. Tenable’s Nessus is one of the best. Nessus Home can scan up to 16 systems for personal use. Nessus Home is a comprehensive security scanner that scans for configurations, malware, patches, mobile devices, and other threats. The commercial version is suitable for scanning enterprise networks. The Nessus Home product works just as well, but is not overly complicated. The scan reports provided by Nessus Home are extremely detailed. You can improve your security by following up on every issue found by Nessus Home.
To check out Nessus Home for yourself, visit: http://www.tenable.com/products/nessus-home
VirusTotal
Everybody encounters suspicious files from now and then. Files that are not from trusted sources can be infected with malware. There are many online virus scanning services available, but VirusTotal is the best. Their description is: “VirusTotal, a Google subsidiary, analyzes files and URLs to identify viruses, worms and other malicious content detected via website scanners and antivirus engines.”
VirusTotal has over 50 spyware and malware scanners that you can use to scan files. You can upload a file from your computer or provide a URL to the file. VirusTotal will scan the suspect file in real-time and give you the results. This online service is free and can help you keep your infection risk down. A single real-time scanner cannot be run on your local machine so having 50+ malware scanners is a valuable asset. You don’t have to keep dozens of systems. Instead, you can use the many detection engines, scanning features and custom definition databases available to you.
If you have a file that you think might be infected, toss it up to https://www.virustotal.com/.

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10 Network Security Tools and Tests Everybody Should Use
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