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Jun 30 2010   8:27PM GMT

My Top Five Security Tools

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun

Over the years, I’ve accumulated hundreds of tools and utilities that I use to help others–and myself–stay secure on the Web. In fact, I’ve compiled these into my Geek Toolkit which I’ve made available to everyone on my website. Several of these tools stand out as evergreen utilities in the ever-changing security landscape. Here are my top five (no particular order):

AxCrypt–I’ve written about this one before. Easy and elegant encryption software: Software for Secure Computing: Easy Email & File Security with AxCrypt.

TrueCrypt–Without question, the best Open Source full-drive encryption software going:

Password Meter–Tests passwords with the most complete set of rules I’ve found. When this says they’re Very Strong, they are. Here’s my implementation of the Open Source script:

RootkitRevealer–Sysinternals has always been at the top of my list for great tools. RootkitRevealer is an advanced rootkit detection utility that detects the presence of a user-mode or kernel-mode rootkit. Get it from

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware–Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware can detect and remove malware that even the most well known anti-virus and anti-malware applications fail to detect. I’ve used it for several years as my preferred companion to SpyBot S & D.

What are your top tools?

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