I mentioned I was going to do a write-up on some free security programs out there to help protect yourself online. And I sat down with a detailed plan. Then the sheer volume of available software became daunting. So, with a bit of an explanation..I’m just going to list the ones I’ve used through the years.
- Virus killing Vermont Style
Either on my own system or on clients machines.
Be it in their home, small office or giant car dealership campus art licensing company both with hundreds of users.Both employees or guest.
I will start with my personal favorite Avast Anti Virus.
I started using this company years ago. Being fed up with Norton and McAfee eating up my system resources and trying to put a shell over the shell that is windows.
They started as just an anti-virus platform and in recent years have evolved to offer a ‘full security suite’.
- Anti virus
- anti malware
It will scan your downloads for nasties. Keep an eye on your chat messaging for hidden and unwanted visitors. Check the website you’re visiting for security or trojans etc.
Very powerful. Very easy to install.Use and update. And very darn cheap with a free version and a $29 retail FULL Version. The updates are free. They update often.
And if you have your audio turned on..it can be almost annoying or surprising when you hear the audio update synthetic human telling you your update is complete.
I have personally deployed this an every computer I’ve ever been called upon to fix from some stupid virus or Trojan from individual users. Plus across 4 giant corporate networks.
Bottom line if it’s on(and you can lock it so it can’t be shut off with out password.) You are about as safe as you can be.
*Quick note if you wind up using Avast or other such software, make sure you turn off your Windows Firewall as running two firewalls at the same time can slow you down or cause connection issues.
As for anti spy-ware & malware the choices can’t be counted on your fingers and toes.
But would I recommend.
Easy user interface.Again free with a retail option.and it works.
Now SS&D has been around forever it seems. And maybe their graphics show this. But its seemingly done as an act of love(or maybe hate) by some crazed group of coders hell bent on keeping you system clean from spyware/malware/ninjas etc.
You can give to their cause at their website.But the software is free and updated pretty darn often. And heck..its called SPYBOT SEARCH and DESTROY..it sounds like a retro sci-fi movie.
Im gonna sign off now.But will revisit and expand upon this very soon.
Thanks for stopping by.
Must go contemplate the meanings of Graphic Design for client.