Danielx64

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I'm aware that portable software are great in the fact that you don't need to reinstall then every time you clean install windows, but what about on the security front? Are they more secure than the versions being installed on your PC?

What are your thoughts on the matter?
 

liubomirwm

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Well, they simply use the good old .ini files instead of the windows registry. About security, it depends on what you mean by "Security". Usually any other user or person who has access to the folder where the portable product is located can edit it's .ini configuration and change/damage the program. It's not the same with protected locations such as Program Files/Windows Registry (you need UAC Bypass). Portable software might also be limited in functionality compared to the regular installed one. Other than this I don't see a difference in security, I would almost always choose installable software and would only use portable one if I need to run it just once or from a USB.
 

Andytay70

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I use portable apps all the time.
If you scan the USB with an antivirus (More than one is advised) on a regular basis and dont let others use it then there should be no reason why they are not safe.
One last thing make sure you download them from a reputable site, that way you know they have no hidden nasties!!
 

liubomirwm

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I use portable apps all the time.
If you scan the USB with an antivirus (More than one is advised) on a regular basis and dont let others use it then there should be no reason why they are not safe.
One last thing make sure you download them from a reputable site, that way you know they have no hidden nasties!!
What do you mean by "more than one is advised"? You mean on-demand scanners, right?
 
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Ana_Filiz

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I use Zemana portable version & Firefox portable on my laptop in order to avoid a lot of processes running all the time and i use these softwares when needed.
 
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I'm aware that portable software are great in the fact that you don't need to reinstall then every time you clean install windows, but what about on the security front? Are they more secure than the versions being installed on your PC?
Security wise, they are just same as installed ones. However , if you put them on usb , and the usb is unplugged while your system is infected, you won't loose the settings. Also, by not being installed, you reduce the surface attacks.

except that, i don't see much more benefits.
 

Arequire

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Malware can sometimes block access to security vendors websites, prevent you from installing security software or prevent your security software from connecting to the internet so it can't receive signature updates. Keeping a bunch of portable second opinion scanners on a spare flash drive can be a godsend and allow you to scan and remove said malware.
It's also great if you're the family IT guy/gal and you can simply bring along a flash drive and/or a rescue disk to remove any potential infection they may have.
 
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Winter Soldier

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Portable apps may have some security issues: anyone who has access to the files of the portable application, he has access also to the information contained in them. For example, if you lose a USB device/key with a browser in portable version with stored your passwords (if not encrypted), anyone who finds the USB key, will have access to the sites where you have stored the credentials (Social, bank, email, etc...).