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Under Security Information Center there are 5 sections: Alerts, Advisories & Bulletins, Best Practices, Security & Technology News, Vulnerability Report & Security Research.

But there is no section for posts about "downloads", and i mean e-books / guides etc, not software.
Security & Technology News or Best Practices doesn´t seem to be the right sections.

A good book or guide written sime time ago is not exactly "news", but it might still be very useful.

I suggest creating a new section for security-related "downloads" like e-books or guides.

Another alternative could be to rename Best Practises to something more understandable,
because i don´t think anyone understands what Best Practises means, and what it is meant for.
I don´t... ;)

That section has been empty until today, no one has posted there...
There is 1 post now (mine)....

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Security Engineering — The Book

"
‘There is an extraordinary textbook written by Ross Anderson, professor of computer security at University of Cambridge.
It’s called Security Engineering, and despite being more than 1,000 pages long, it’s one of the most readable pop-science slogs of the decade.’
Ben Goldacre


‘I'm incredibly impressed that one person could produce such a thorough coverage.
Moreover, you make the stuff easy and enjoyable to read. I find it just as entertaining
— and far more useful — than novels (and my normal science fiction).
When I first got it in the mail, I said to myself "I'm never going to read all of that.
"But once I started reading I just kept going and going. Fantastic: well done.
Now, let's hope that all those in charge of security for information technology will also read the book and heed the lessons.’
Don Norman


‘The book that you MUST READ RIGHT NOW is the second edition of Ross Anderson's Security Engineering book.
Ross did a complete pass on his classic tome and somehow made it even better...’
Gary McGraw


‘It's beautiful.
This is the best book on the topic there is’
Bruce Schneier
"

This book is by many considered as "the bible" !

All chapters from the second edition now available free online: Security Engineering - A Guide to Building Dependable Distributed Systems

However, it´s a total of 33 PDF-documents to download, and unfortunately they are not available as an archive ("zip"),
so there is a lot of link-clicking to download them all.

I have downloaded the whole book, created an archive (7-zip, 41.6 MB),
and uploaded it to my Onedrive where you can get it with just 2 clicks.

Note: Microsoft puts the 7z-archive in a zip-file when you download...

And, I have double-checked the archive on VirusTotal, so it should be safe to download:

"Virustotal
SHA256: 644c723cb2255b2dd5383ee1 8e 1 dc74310e03f1 bb93ebf5S3a5bl OOa4bac2b44
File name: SECURITY ENGINEERING7z
Detection ratio: O / 54
Analysis date: 2015-01-11 19:51:26 UTC
"
https://www.virustotal.com/en/file/644c723cb2255b2dd5383ee18e1dc743f0e03f1bb93ebf553a5b100a4bac2b44/analysis/1421005886/

Note: For anyone wondering, this is perfectly legal since it´s the author himself (Ross Anderson),
that has made the book available for download, on his own webbpage.

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I suggest creating a new section for How to´s / Guides / Tutorials.

There are one post (mine), Create a RAMdisk and speed up your Windows computer that feels a bit misplaced currently, under Products Info & Discussions... ;)

I haven´t checked the whole forum, there might also (already) be other posts that could be placed in such a section.


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Products Info & Discussions / Weird problem with Outlook 2010
« on: August 28, 2015, 06:25:17 pm »
I have a problem with Outlook 2010.
Normally, when you have created a new account it is an "internal" account, meaning that when you right-click on it you have an option to "Remove" it.

When i create a new account it looks like a "mounted" PST-file, like opening or importing an already existing PST-file,
right-clicking on it shows an option to "Close" instead of "Remove" the account.

What is really weird is that this happens with new accounts / emailaddresses that have never been used before in Outlook.
I know that Outlook can be weird, and create new PST-files with almost the same name, fx. if there already is a PST-file with the same name.
But there is no "old" PST-files, i have doublechecked the folder.

I have created & deleted accounts several times.
I have used scanpst several times, it finds and repairs errors, but the problem remains.

Of course i could let the new accounts continue to be "mounted", as it really doesn´t matter.
But i suspect there is an error in Outlook, and i want to find and fix it.

I wonder if there are any limit on the number of accounts you can have in Outlook ?

Any ideas about how to fix this ?

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Regarding "Malware Removal & Help Centers": http://calendarofupdates.org/index.php?board=11.0

Emsisoft gives professional help for FREE on their forum.
So I suggest adding Emsisoft to the list.

Emsisoft´s malware-help "Help, my PC is infected!": http://support.emsisoft.com/forum/6-help-my-pc-is-infected


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"Microsoft has explained its policy about how much information it will offer on the content of Cumulative Updates to Windows 10.

In a statement sent by a spokesperson to us, Microsoft said:
“As we have done in the past, we post KB articles relevant to most updates which we’ll deliver with Windows as a service.
Depending on the significance of the update and if it is bringing new functionality to Windows customers,
we may choose to do additional promotion of new features as we deploy them.”
"
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/08/21/microsoft_will_explain_only_significant_windows_10_updates/


So this means that they are going to release updates without telling their customers what these updates actually do ???
Installing more spyware in their customers computers !?
I have lost all interest in installing W10 now.....

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Security Software / Emsisoft Anti-Malware & Security Updates
« on: August 14, 2015, 05:26:10 pm »
Emsisoft Anti-Malware protects your PC from malware-based hacker attacks. Its special capabilities in dealing with trojans, worms, dialers and spyware make it an indispensable enhancement to any protection system, whether on a private PC or a company network.

Emsisoft Anti-Malware is fueled by a dual engine malware scanner for twice the malware cleaning power, with no extra resource requirements. On top of that, Emsisoft Anti-Malware can even remove potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) that overload your computer with resource wasting bloat. Altogether, that guarantees superior detection, efficient removal, and a clean Windows operating system where you’re completely Malware-Free.


Emsisoft Anti-Malware is a proactive weapon made to prevent infection from all Internet threats, protecting you from the worst case scenario by not even allowing it to occur. When you purchase Emsisoft Anti-Malware, you purchase 3 layers of malware prevention.

Emsisoft Anti-Malware freeware vs Shareware:

By default Emsisoft Anti-Malware installs as a free fully functional 30 day trial version. After the trial period you can either choose to buy a full version license or switch to the limited freeware mode. The freeware mode still allows you to scan and clean infections, but it doesn't provide any real-time protection to guard against new infections.
---------------------------------------------
Antivirus & Anti-Malware & Firewall, all-in-one.
Emsisoft Internet Security completes Emsisoft Anti-Malware with an efficient firewall core that suits anyone who dreams of ultimate protection, especially in third-party networks.

Performance, engineered for you
Light weight design means using minimum system resources for maximum protection and usability. Emsisoft Internet Security focuses on just one thing: Protecting your computer without compromise. No more, no less. Emsisoft Internet Security is not an overloaded, bulky software like most products on the market today. It is slim and efficient. Global and application-based firewall rules are easy to set up and clearly presented in the layout, while still remaining extremely flexible.

Triple layer protection, reinforced by a kick-ass firewall
Emsisoft Internet Security is a complete security suite, made to prevent infection from all Internet threats.
An intelligent firewall closes off and hides your system when using public networks. Your PC will be practically invisible. Includes IPv6 support.

Bonus: Online Banking Protection
Keeps fraudsters away from your money by hardening your browser software.

System Requirements
Emsisoft Anti-Malware 11 and Emsisoft Internet Security 11 run on virtually any PC that has Windows 7, 8 or 10.
Both 32 and 64 bit editions.
Emsisoft Anti-Malware for Server 11 is based on Emsisoft Anti-Malware, but is specifically designed to protect Windows Server
2008 SE and 2012 (including R2) systems.

Product Info: Emsisoft Anti-Malware l Internet Security

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If you have a conventional harddisk, create a RAM-disk and speed up your computer.
Unfortunately Microsoft doesn´t offer any RAM-disk program anymore.
But there are several other programs available, one that will give you a very fast ramdisk is the one from Softperfect,
and it´s FREE which of course also is a bonus....



I have used it for about a year now and it´s working perfectly, I highly recommend it.
I previously used another program, and I noticed an improved response after I switched to Softperpect´s ramdisk,
my computer feels faster.

Softperfect RAM Disk: https://www.softperfect.com/products/ramdisk/

Softperfect Ramdisk Manual: https://www.softperfect.com/products/ramdisk/manual/

Ramdisk performance test: http://www.overclock.net/t/1381131/r...up-and-testing

Softperfects´s ramdisk was one of the fastest in that test, and it´s FREE...

To speed up the computer put the tempfiles & browsercache on the ramdisk,
it makes a BIG difference if you have a conventional harddisk.
When using the ramdisk primarily for the browsercache select FAT32 as the filesystem,
because it gives better performance with a lot of small files.

To avoid problems when installing new software only change the location of the tempfiles for the USER-account,
not the ADMIN-account.
Remember, always use a USER-account for "normal" work like surfing the web,
only use the ADMIN-account when installing software or doing system maintenance.
Because if the ramdisk isn´t big enough you might get problems, installing some programs requires a restart,
and they might also need access to the tempfiles after a restart.

Remember, if you don´t save the ramdisk when shutting down / restarting, the tempfiles are gone after the restart.
Keeping the tempfiles for the ADMIN-account at the default location (C:\users...) avoids that problem,
because even if you are using a USER-account when you install new programs,
it´s the ADMIN-account that is used during the installation.
Remember the UAC-prompt asking for the ADMIN-password...?

Note: Make sure you have a working ramdisk before you change the location of the temp-files !

Otherwise you will get problems...


Move tempfiles

Control panel → System → Advanced system settings.

Move the browsercache

Firefox / Pale Moon: open a new tab, enter “about:config”, enter “browser.homepage.directory”

Opera: open a new tab, enter “opera:config#UserPrefs|CacheDirectory4”

change the drive-letter to the ramdisk. fx. "R:\Firefox"

IE: Tools → Internet options → Browsing history → Settings → Move folder, select the ramdisk

Google Chrome: right-click on the shortcut to Chrome → properties, in the target-window add “--disk-cache dir=”

If you also want to specify the size: add” --disk-cache-size=XX”

XX=size in MB

Example: "E:\PROGRAM FILES\GOOGLE CHROME\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" --disk-cache-dir="R:\chrome" --disk-cache-size=100

Note: I haven´t used Google Chrome for years so I don´t know if the instructions for it above are still correct.

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Is Emsisoft Internet Security (EIS) the same as Emsisoft AntiMalware (EAM) & Online Armor (OA) combined ?

No.

"Emsisoft Internet Security basically is Emsisoft Anti-Malware plus our new firewall module,
but Emsisoft Anti-Malware and Online Armor Premium offer a lot more functions and features than Emsisoft Internet Security."

http://support.emsisoft.com/topic/16052-eam-and-oa-as-a-package-please/#entry121181

Note: Emsisoft no longer sells Online Armor

"The Emsisoft Online Armor product has been an integral part of our product portfolio for almost five years.
It served us and our customers very well in complementing Emsisoft Anti-Malware with a rock solid standalone firewall.
Emsisoft Online Armor’s biggest strength has always been its HIPS (Host based Intrusion Protection/Prevention System) components, which are meant to alert any potentially dangerous actions executed by programs on the operating system.

As the internet threat landscape changes over the years, our response to these new challenges needs to adapt as well.
Security software needs to be even more powerful, yet less intrusive to avoid any unnecessary annoying alerts.
That’s why we at Emsisoft believe that a smart Behavior Blocker,
as incorporated in Emsisoft Anti-Malware and Emsisoft Internet Security,
that watches the system as a whole, is significantly better than a HIPS,
which sees each action on the system individually and therefore always causes much more alert popups by design.
You can read more about the differences in this article.

For the above reason, we have decided to not spend any more development time on Emsisoft Online Armor,
but instead focus on improving the award-winning protection of Emsisoft Anti-Malware and Emsisoft Internet Security,
which we are certain have a great future ahead."

http://blog.emsisoft.com/2015/03/31/emsisoft-online-armor-support-roadmap/


So if you want a firewall with advanced settings and options you need something else.....
I recommend Comodo Firewall: https://www.comodo.com/home/internet-security/firewall.php

It has got excellent results on Matousec´s test, blocking 97%:
http://www.matousec.com/projects/proactive-security-challenge-64/

It´s FREE and it works well together with Emsisoft Anti Malware.
Use mutual exclusions (tell both of them to ignore the processes of the other) for optimum performance.

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Feedback & Suggestions / Editor
« on: August 10, 2015, 02:23:10 pm »
Currently it´s only possible to change the height of the editor window.
It would be good if we could also change the width.
That would make it easier to insert CR/LF at the right position when posting long lines...
I suggest enabling that, if there is such an option in ACP.

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Feedback & Suggestions / Top menu
« on: August 10, 2015, 02:15:38 pm »
There are 2 links in the Top Menu; "Show unread posts since last visit." & "Show new replies to your post."
In the lower-left corner under Forum Stats there is a link: View the most recent posts on the forum
But this link is only available on the main page (http://calendarofupdates.org/index.php)
Which means that each time you want to use that link you have to go to that page, and then scroll down to the bottom.
This is not very practical...

I suggest adding (copying / moving) that link to the first line in the Top Menu.
Having it at the top together with all the others ( Home, Search, etc) would make it a lot easier to keep track of all new posts.




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