Friday, July 4, 2008

The Top 75 Open Source Security Apps

About a year ago, we took a look at the growing trend toward open-source security and highlighted 10 of the best apps available. Since then, the area has continued to mature, and now we're back highlighting 75 of the most frequently downloaded open-source security applications.

  1. ClamWin Free Antivirus

    This Windows-only app uses the incredibly popular ClamAV engine to detect viruses and spyware. It includes a scanning scheduler, automatic downloads, and a Microsoft Outlook plug-in. However, it does not provide real-time scanning; you'll need to scan your files manually in order to be protected.

    Operating System: Windows.

  2. ClamAV

    Numerous commercial and open-source products are based on the Clam Antivirus engine. Designed for protecting e-mail gateways, Clam AV offers automatic updates, a command line scanner, and more. Operating System: Unix, Linux, BSD.

  3. Moon Secure Antivirus

    Moon Secure is currently based on ClamAV, but the developers are working on an antivirus engine of their own that will enable real-time scanning. Operating System: Windows.

  4. Rootkit Hunter

    As you might expect from its name, Rootkit Hunter searches your system for rootkits and other unwanted tools. It does not provide live or scheduled scanning, but the Web site contains instructions for setting up your system to run Rootkit Hunter daily. Operating System: Linux, Unix.

  5. AMaVis

    Short for "A Mail Virus Scanner," AMaVis acts as a go between for your anti-virus software and your mail transport agent so that incoming e-mails can be scanned for viruses. The site contains the complete--and very extensive--list of supported applications. Operating System: OS Independent.

  6. ClamMail

    ClamMail combines a POP3 e-mail proxy with the ClamAV engine. The result is free antivirus protection for messages accessed via Outlook, Thunderbird, Eudora, or other POP3 apps. Operating System: Windows.

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