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Any of you that use PCs everyday should be all too familiar with the constant battle to keep at bay all the latest viruses, Trojans, and all the other nasty bits of software - collectively known as malware - that attack our workhorses. The daily deluge of updates and security warnings combined with the all conquering knowledge that the battle to rid your PC of these threats will never truly be won is enough to depress even the most chipper among us.
Of course, it didn't always use to be like this. Back in the day, as long as you kept your computer protected from wayward floppy disks, you were sitting pretty. The real problems came with the arrival of the Internet and since then attacks on our PCs have simple skyrocketed. From the lowly "click on me" virus attachments in emails, to the most aggressive of Trojans that sneak in through an unpatched hole in your operating system, they come at you from all angles and, to keep them all at bay, the list of programs you need to protect everything has also mushroomed.
Nowadays it's not uncommon to have anti-virus and anti-spyware software, a decent firewall (either hardware or software), spam filters, and a browser that detects phishing websites. So, bearing in mind the already considerable space and processing power of all these programs, there's probably two ways you will view the arrival of Trustware's Bufferzone software. The first is with a skeptical mindset that thinks ‘I've got enough anti-thisthatandtheother progams to worry about already, why would I want another one' or the alternative is to look at it more positively, that is ‘you can never have enough protection, so gimme, gimme, gimme!'
Before I get too caught up in the semantics, though, let's take a look at what Bufferzone actually does and then we'll see if it's worth recommending, regardless of which of the above reactions you had.
First things first, BufferZone is Windows XP only so, unless you've doggedly stuck with XP on your home machine, or you're in control of one of the vast majority of corporate networks that still use XP, you may want to stop reading now. However, knowing that a Vista version is in the works - no release schedule as yet - you might also like to read on to find out what could be coming your way.
BufferZone, then takes a whole new approach to protecting your computer. Rather than using the retroactive method employed by most anti-virus software, where malicious software has to be manually identified then added to the anti-virus software's threat list by means of an update, BufferZone proactively protects your PC by hiding the real operating system behind a wall and ensuring all untrusted software is kept safely on the other side.
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