With regard to the XP SP2 Security Center, specifically the dialog depicted here. Please could you add a checkbox labelled:
I am not an idiot, and do not require an anti-virus program
Seriously, I believe that anyone practising safe computing does not need an anti-virus program. The rules basically boil down to:
- Don't run file attachments to emails.
- Don't open emails from people you don't recognise
- Keep up to date with security patches
- Be wary of what you download
Follow these and you'll be fine.
I was a little concerned earlier today when our router logs indicated that my computer was sending arbitrary data over UDP to an external port 1434, which is SQL Server's well-known service discovery port. It turned out to be Enterprise Manager trying to discover whether a colleague's server was running; he doesn't register with our DNS server, whereas I use that as the primary DNS (we have a partly implemented domain) and instead of finding his computer name, it found computername.co.uk. Thanks, TDImon!
Bet they were pleased to get udp/1434 traffic...