Security software isn't just about protecting your PC; it's about protecting all the personal information you store on your laptop or transmit over the Internet. An antivirus app is a good placemore
Security software isn't just about protecting your PC; it's about protecting all the personal information you store on your laptop or transmit over the Internet. An antivirus app is a good place to start, but most security suites come with a whole toolbox of options for fighting a variety of threats. Here's what you need to know to choose the best security software for Windows or Mac.
Passwords are a pain. Good ones are hard to remember, so you have to write them down on something that could be lost, damaged, or stolen, or you use mental tricks that other people could figure out. But there's a Door #3: Password manager apps like LastPass that generate complicated passwords and enter them for you. All you need to remember is the master password used to access your library of online accounts -- which you can protect with two-factor authentication. With 2FA, even someone who guesses your master password still needs your PIN code to confirm authorization, which changes every 30 seconds. Have a fingerprint sensor on your phone? You can also use that instead of your master password, when it's time to impress your friends and neighbors.
It doesn't perform quite as well as Norton, but Avira is a respectable competitor if you need to stretch your dollar. Unlike most other free antivirus software, it doesn't push you to upgrade to the paid version, nor does the sales pitch overstate the amount of protection it gives you.
In past years, Norton security products had an arguably well-earned reputation for bogging down Windows and being difficult to fully remove. Norton completely overhauled its antivirus product line a few years ago, however, and it's now much lighter and also competitive with Kaspersky's protection performance. However, Norton's street price has been slightly but consistently higher.
The Tor Browser is derived from Mozilla Firefox and bounces your connection to the Internet around a network that masks identity. This pipeline also has strong encryption, so your Internet service provider can't see where you're going, either. It can only see that you're connecting to the Tor network. At the same time, the browser's privacy is easy to use. It starts up automatically every time you open it.
This app actually staked its claim as a manual malware scanner originally called Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, aka MBAM. Over time, it has become one of the most reliable and trusted scanners in the business. As a welcome bonus, manual scanning is free. (The premium version adds automatic background scanning and basically upgrades Malwarebytes to a full-fledged conventional antivirus suite.)