Stay Protected with the Right Anti-Virus Software

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Stay Protected with the Right Anti-Virus Software

So, with all of these nasty threats in the online world, how do we keep ourselves safe? The good news is that there are numerous companies who provide excellent anti-virus protection. However, the hackers and fraudsters usually manage to stay one step ahead of the good guys, and you can never be 100% safe all of the time. But with a robust security regime, you will give yourself the best chance of a safe and secure computing environment. Some general steps to take:  

  • Use anti-virus software to identify any malicious software on your device.
  • Use a router with a built-in firewall to stop malicious items accessing your device over the Internet. (Check the specifications of the router before you buy it to see if it has a built-in firewall.)
  • Use a software firewall on your computer for detecting malicious items trying to enter your computer via the Internet.
  • Be aware of new viruses. Anti-virus software sites, such as McAfee and Norton, usually have news about the latest viruses.
  • Never download apps from the Internet if you are unsure about their origin.
  • Never follow links in emails from senders you don’t know.

Using anti-virus software

Anti-virus software is one answer to the computer hackers, but it is fighting a never-ending battle with the hackers frequently one-step ahead. Anti-virus software is installed on your device and then scans through your system looking for viruses, worms, Trojans, spyware, and ransomware. When it finds a malicious item, it will try to disable it and give you the chance to remove it. Scans can be set to be performed automatically at specific times, e.g. at 8:00 a.m. every morning, or they can be performed manually at any time. Some anti-virus software is free, while other options charge an annual or monthly fee. The reason for this is not only the initial cost of the software, but also for the updates it receives on a regular basis (usually at least once a day) to fight new viruses as they are released and identified. Some of the top anti-virus software includes:

Paid-for

  • McAfee (mcafee.com) – A well established anti-virus brand that offers a range of several products.
  • Norton (norton.com) – Another long-term anti-virus player.
  • TotalAV (totalav.com) – Excellent value and products that cover Windows PCs, Mac, iOS, and Android.
  • Scanguard (scanguard.com) – A range of products for Windows and Mac users.
  • BullGuard (bullguard.com) – Separate packages for anti-virus and Internet security, or a premium option that combines both.
  • Kaspersky (kaspersky.com) – Another well established operator in the anti-virus market, they have options for anti-virus, Internet security, or both combined.
  • AVG (avg.com) – Provides a good range of products for Windows PCs, Mac, and Android users.

 

Free

  • Avast (avast.com) – A long-term provider of excellent free anti-virus software.
  • TotalAV (totalav.com) – A free version of the paid-for package, but powerful in its own right.
  • PCProtect (pcprotect.com) – Another company that has a free version of their paid-for anti-virus software.
  • Panda (pandasecurity.com) – A free trial version offers antivirus software and also safe browsing, shopping, and banking on the Web.

     

     

     

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    • FC&A Staff Writer