Microsoft makes one such free product called the Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET). As Microsoft puts it, “EMET anticipates the most common actions and techniques adversaries might use in compromising a computer, and helps protect by diverting, terminating, blocking, and invalidating those actions and techniques.” EMET has been around for a few years, but using it was often considered beyond the abilities of normal computer users. In its current form, though, EMET 4.1 is easy enough for just about anyone to install and use.
To get started, visit microsoft.com/emet, click the “Download EMET 4.1” link on the right-hand side and then click the big orange “Download” button. You will have the choice of selecting the EMET Setup file and the EMET User’s Guide; you might as well get them both. Save the files to a location you’ll be able to find later, such as your downloads or documents folder.
If you really want to dig into the nitty-gritty of how EMET works, and the various ways you can set it up, go ahead and dive into the User’s Guide. If you’d rather just get it going and get on with your life, one of the easiest to follow tutorials on installing and configuring EMET is at eBay. Go to pages.ebay.com/securitycenter/emet.html and follow the quick and easy instructions to add this wonderful tool to your computer safety lineup.
Be advised that EMET only works with computers running Microsoft Windows; Apple has not seen fit to invent a similar tool for Macs. Keep your eyes open, though, because as time goes on and the Internet gets crazier, that could change.
Dave Moore has been performing computer consulting, repairs, security and networking in Oklahoma since 1984. He also teaches computer safety workshops. He can be reached at 919-9901 or davemoorecomputers.com.
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