System Safety Monitor (SSM) is a host intrusion prevention system software. SSM protect your systems from various malware and spyware programs by monitoring all running programs' behavior and blocking malicious or suspicious actions. It provides protection against attacks that can bypass traditional firewalls, anti-virus, and other signature based security tools that can only deal with known threats.
Reviewing 184.108.40.2060 Beta (Jan 25, 2008)
I purchased this app a while back and it did work great for me. Creating rules and general usage did take some getting used to. The UI still leaves me guessing from time to time and seems ambigous when displaying rules vs editing them.
The lack of development caused me to find another solution.
I feel this app deserves a 3, but will rate it a 4 because when it does work it works well.
Reviewing 220.127.116.111 (Nov 5, 2007)
Nice program, but Spyware Terminator is free just as good for HIPS and antispyware.
Reviewing 18.104.22.1681 (Feb 18, 2007)
There is one serious criticism I have of SSM, and that is that rather than running as a system service, as it obviously should, it runs as a regular application. Not only that, it allows only a single instance of itself.
What this means is that in order to work with Windows XP's Fast User Switching feature, they had to implement an awful kludge that makes SSM *EXIT* whenever a user unlocks a session. Note: I didn't say "whenever a user LOGS IN". No, every time you merely switch users, SSM will exit for the previous user, and start for the new user. It has to do this in order to be able to present its interface for the current user--but again, only because of its flawed, non-service architecture.
The new SSM Workgroup Edition runs as a service. However, it costs more, is brand new (in beta), and does not allow direct upgrades from SSM. This means that, as much a pain in the rear end as SSM is to configure, you're going to have to do it ALL OVER AGAIN to get the obvious benefit of running as a service.
Reviewing 22.214.171.1241 (Feb 10, 2007)
I could imagine that the low rating is due to
a) early versions very quite buggy
b) it's quite complicated to configure (there's the learning mode though, which makes things easier)
Anyway, I've been using SSM since the days when Max B. was taking care of the program. Alongside with my old Kerio 2.15 firewall I feel safe when surfing the web with FX, since SSM will alert me when something shady happens....
Reviewing 126.96.36.1991 (Jan 29, 2007)
For the knowledgeable and even for those with the ability and enthusiasm to learn a HIPS, SSM is probably the most valuable security app one can have on their machine.
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