I wrote about intrusion prevention and intrusion detection on our PCs. I mentioned that we need two-way firewalls for intrusion prevention. I also mentioned several free and commercial alternatives for intrusion detection.
Subscriber Jim Hamm wrote to tell me of some more alternatives:
Hi Terry…was reading your newsletter (a helpful one, BTW) today and saw your comments about intrusion detection. Here are links to two that I’ve used, and both seem to work quite well – Cyberhawk and PrevxHome:
I used PrevxHome for a long time, and it worked well. I notice they are offering it as Prevx1 now. It originally was free, and I’m not sure if it is now or not. I found I had to temporarily suspend it before I could install anything. A tight control, but you need to remember to do this.
Just for a change, a couple of months ago I started using Cyberhawk, which is still in Beta – version 4. It also has worked well (as far as I can tell)….Will be interesting to see if they want to charge for it after it comes out of Beta.
You might want to check these two out, and see what you think…..Jim Hamm
Thanks, Jim. It’s good to have a couple more alternatives.
Prevx1 has a very interesting philosophy on pricing:
How Much Does Prevx1 Cost?
We believe that if your PC is never infected then Prevx1 should not cost you a thing. It should be completely free. And so it is.
You can use Prevx1 completely free of charge to monitor your PC for infection. We will even defend and clean up your PC for free for up to 28 days following your first infection. Thereafter, you can choose to pay as you go or to buy a years full protection and clean up for less than $25.
This is an interesting new way of marketing. Fix the computer once for free. Get us comfortable with their product without cost. Then, on our second infection, require that we purchase their product if we want to use it again.
I also like their idea of three levels of user interaction and control: ABC (just do it), Pro (let me have some control) and Expert (the "I’m kind of paranoid…" option).