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|Subject: Operating System, Security, Privacy March 27th 2009, 10:35 am
|Operating System, Security, Privacy
An operating system (commonly abbreviated OS and O/S) is the software component of a computer system that is responsible for the management and coordination of activities and the sharing of the resources of the computer. The operating system acts as a host for application programs that are run on the machine. As a host, one of the purposes of an operating system is to handle the details of the operation of the hardware.
The Antivirus Software category contains programs developed to detect and remove computer viruses and other virus-related software from users' computers. Most software includes on-demand and scheduled antivirus scans. Many programs now include real-time antivirus protection and further spyware protection. Notable titles include AVG, Avira AntiVir, and Avast.
Corporate Security Software
The Corporate Security Software directory includes programs developed to protect computers and networks for companies and small businesses. The software in this category may securely delete files, monitor networks, encrypt data, manage terminal access, and utilize tracking software for evaluating employee behavior.
The Encryption Software directory includes programs that ensure data privacy. The software in this category may encrypt files, directories, and drives using methods such as AES-256, Blowfish, Serpent, and Twofish. Notable titles include Roboform and TrueCrypt.
The Firewall Software category consists of programs designed to monitor and control the flow of traffic between computers and networks. Firewalls are generally used to prevent unauthorized access to computers or networks. The programs in this category can allow, restrict, encrypt, or proxy computer traffic based on settings and definitions such as trust levels. Notable titles include ZoneAlarm and Comodo.
The Monitoring Software category includes programs developed to track and record computer behavior. The software in this category may log Web sites visited, record keystrokes, take screenshots, or block adult content. Most of the tracking software is designed to monitor children or employees.
Popup Blocker Software
The Popup Blocker Software directory consists of programs designed to block pop-up windows, advertisements or otherwise, from appearing on your computer when you browse the Web. Aside from stopping pop-up windows, many of these applications can stop Flash or banner ads in Web pages, prevent malicious cookies, or defend your computer from scripting exploits. Some programs in this category work as plug-ins for Web browsers; others are standalone applications.
The Privacy Software library contains programs developed to keep users' personal information safe as they browse the Web, mostly by allowing users to delete Internet tracks. Software programs in this category can also mask IP addresses, remove junk files, securely shred sensitive computer files, or encrypt information. Notable titles include CCleaner and Webroot Window Washer.
The Spyware Removers category contains software designed to detect and remove spyware, adware, and other malware such as keyloggers, rootkits, Trojan horses, and browser hijackers. Many antispyware software programs also detect and eliminate computer viruses. Notable titles include Ad-Aware 2008, SpywareBlaster, and Spybot.