security

Ikarus Mobile Security review

With its reliable scanning and monitoring, Ikarus Mobile Security proves to be an efficient albeit slow antivirus app that may detect threats that faster scanners can miss. It's questionable, though, whether all the threats are real, or if the app has just an unnecessarily high scanning sensitivity (that slows down the scanning).

Pros

Strong scanner: Ikarus Mobile Security's scanner looks at both apps and files and can be run manually as well as set to work automatically in the background as often as two times a day. During our tests it picked up potential threats that other popular … Read more

Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security 2014 Review

Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security is the second-highest antivirus offering from Trend Micro. In addition to a robust malware scanner, Titanium Maximum Security offers a built-in password manager, an in-app Web browser, and a packaged set of tools for protecting and managing your Android device. This review focuses on desktop performance.

Pros

Design: Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security shares the same interface as its lesser brothers, the Antivirus and Internet Security editions. The interface has a clean, organized menu layout. Tabs have nice mouseover effects, and the overall app has a modern feel and original visual direction. Though not exactly … Read more

Major security flaw in Internet Explorer opens PCs to hijacking

Update: On May 1, Microsoft released a fix for Internet Explorer -- all affected versions: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11. Surprisingly, that includes versions that run on Windows XP -- though Microsoft no longer supports XP, the severity of this security flaw prompted the company to patch XP-compatible versions. Your system should download the patch automatically; if it doesn't, enable automatic Windows Update.

This weekend Microsoft issued a security advisory for Internet Explorer, warning that hackers can exploit a vulnerability that lets them run commands on remote computers. In other words, hackers exploiting this flaw can hijack … Read more

Avast Internet Security 2014 review

Avast Internet Security is the second-highest-tier product in Avast's security line. In addition to its flagship malware scanner, Avast Internet Security throws in improved firewall support, email scanners, and mobile-payment security.

Pros

Noninvasive: Avast does what it can to stay out of your way while it runs scans on your machine. As with the Free and Pro versions, Avast Internet Security enlists its community of users to whitelist Web sites and alert you to suspicious or untrustworthy places via Community IQ. Avast also includes Do Not Track integration in its browser add-on.

Streamlined design: The design is exactly like … Read more

Panda Cloud Antivirus review

Panda Cloud Antivirus is a free antivirus program that uses the cloud to scan for malware and viruses on your computer.

Pros

Powerful scanner: Thanks to its cloud-powered scanner, Panda Cloud Antivirus can divert much of the heavy lifting to its servers. The antivirus program has consistently scored high marks in the AVComparatives protection tests, sitting in the top five with a 99.7 percent protection rate.

Lightweight: Panda is easy on the eyes and on the system consumption. There's very little to distract you, as there aren't many meaningful viral expositions for each scan result.

Cons

Bundling: … Read more

Bitdefender Mobile Security review

The free version of Bitdefender's Mobile Security app keeps your Android device safe with a Malware Scanner, Application Audit, and Remote Geolocation. It shares an interface and basic features with a Premium version that adds a secure Web browser and additional privacy and anti-theft measures. The free app downloads with the Premium app's features activated during a trial period. However, we tried only those features available in the free version. Bitdefender Mobile Security's free app runs in Android 2.2 and above; we ran it in Android 4.3.

Bitdefender Mobile Security installed quickly and easily. We … Read more

McAfee Antivirus & Security review

McAfee Antivirus & Security brings a new level of security and features to Android device protection. In addition to basic antivirus, privacy, and Web security, McAfee can also back up your device as well as lock or unlock it or even wipe data remotely. It helps you find your device if it's lost or stolen with geo-location and CaptureCam, which e-mails the administrator (that's you) photos of whoever was holding your phone and a map of their location.

Pros

Easy to use: Help, tutorials, and support draw on McAfee's long experience in cyber-security. It scanned our phone … Read more

Avast Free Antivirus for Mac review

Avast Free Antivirus for Mac scans for viruses and malware in the OS X environment.

Pros

Robust scanner: Avast Free Antivirus offers scanning at both a threat and a warning level, meaning you can scan your machine either for immediate threats or for potentially unwanted applications. In addition, Avast allows you to scan individual files via drag and drop rather than making you navigate to each file's location. You can split results to display infections only or to list potentially unwanted items.

Native-friendly design: Avast Free Antivirus looks like a native OS X app. The left Finder-like organization makes … Read more

6 security tips for using public Wi-Fi

Don't expose yourself in public. We all do it: switch on a phone, laptop, or tablet and hop on to a Wi-Fi hotspot in airports, coffee shops, trains, hotels, and other public places. The problem is, those networks are open -- even if they require a login and password, you may be sharing your files or leaving doors open to data thieves. You can't secure the network, but you can raise siege walls between your private information and the barbarians. Follow these six tips to network more safely.

1. Lock down your security settings.

Go to the security … Read more

Hotspot Shield VPN for Android review

Hotspot Shield VPN for Android secures your Wi-Fi connection with HTTPS encryption, grants you access to Web sites that in your region may be blocked by a firewall, and enables you to browse the Web privately. It's the most popular app of its kind and for good reason -- it works as intended and runs unobtrusively in the background, requiring minimal configuration.

Pros

Effective: Hotspot Shield VPN for Android's encryption, private browsing, and virtual location work effectively with just one tap, bringing you peace of mind when you're connecting to the Web using public Wi-Fi networks, which … Read more