Everyone should be running some sort of internet security software / antivirus software on their computer to help protect or firewall against viruses, malware, phishing, tracking, ransomware, identity theft, and to help protect your privacy to the extent that you can on the internet.
There are all sorts of bad things that can (and probably will) happen to your computer if you have no internet security protection.
Looking back over the years I have used a wide variety of FREE and PAID antivirus / anti-malware software products.
Every now and then (about once a year) I reevaluate what I’m running on my PC’s and will occasionally change up to something else. The latest reviews for antivirus software may influence my decision to switch, but sometimes I don’t.
When it comes to internet security, I wondered which antivirus or malware software that YOU may be running on your computers. I’m sure it will prove interesting to compare notes or discover what may be more popular among users.
There’s lots of great free software out there as well as paid software.
Often a company offering free antivirus software will also offer paid versions with more features and functionality.
Differences Between Internet Security Software
Some of the differences between one antivirus software and another may be subtle and others very noticeable. It depends what matters to you.
That said, generally speaking, the top brands have refined their antivirus software to be fairly comparable. But you might want to check reviews and comparisons for the following:
– Real time functionality versus occasional or manually enabled scans
– Speed hit (all internet security software will slow down your PC to an extent)
– Benchmark tests for real world effectiveness
Internet Security Software
Some of the internet security software / antivirus software / malware protection / privacy protection / that I’ve used in the past (or present) include:
Windows Defender (built in to Windows 10)
Note: One of the best places to perform internet protection while browsing is within the browser itself. Browsers like Firefox offer plugins that will further protect you from tracking, privacy intrusions, nefarious advertising, and other such malicious activity. Be aware though that some of these plugins will disrupt functionality on some websites.
– Ublock Origin
– Privacy Badger
Okay lets hear from you. What measures are you taking to protect your PC and/or to protect your privacy online?