When we think about installing any kind of security software, we are often dumbfounded by two main factors - the variety of choices, and their overall cost. In other words, we don’t really know which ones of the millions of antivirus, antimalware, or firewall tools are any good, and even if we did, we don’t like how their integration to our computer would reflect on our wallets. But what if I told you that there are ways you could make your computer 10 times safer in a matter of minutes, and that that time is the only resource you’re going to need? Well, here are some of the best free security options currently on the market, ready to give the hackers a run for their money, and not taking any of yours in the process.
First, antivirus software. While McAfee and Norton are commonly referred to as the best virus zappers available, there are several free software suites trying hard to take that title away, and AVG Free might just be their strongest contender. The tool has proven very effective at preventing any malicious installations and downloads, and is no worse at cleaning up the malware that is already infecting your device. There are a couple of extra features that really make AVG shine, like the secure file shredder (never worry about whether that important document has been safely deleted again), as well as a Do Not Track option to shake off any unwanted ad networks.
Second, a backup antivirus/antimalware software. Hey, if we’re going to rely on a free software, we might as well rely on two of them, right? Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free is not designed to be your primary protection option, but should instead be employed for those especially pesky bugs that are able to avoid AVG. If your PC starts acting strange despite the antivirus, it’s time to blast the glitches with this effective support tool.
Three, firewall. It stops hackers from infiltrating indirectly, and Windows Firewall should prove just enough for most users. But those looking for that extra layer of protection should try ZoneAlarm Free Firewall for a size. It does take a bit more effort to train, but unlike the Windows model, ZoneAlarm protects against outbound traffic as well, not just inbound.
Finally, safe browse. Use apps like WebTrust to tell you know when a site could be a potential threat, and if you dislike the idea of another add-on for your web browser, Google Chrome itself is considered the safest browsing tool on the market.