security

Get Avast Internet Security 2015 for 25 percent off

Hard on the heels of the Avast Internet Security 2015 release, Avast is offering its enhanced antivirus protection suite for only $37.49 (originally $49.99). Featuring the same intelligent antivirus engine of its popular AV, Avast Internet Security also features:

SafeZone: An isolated virtual space that'll keep you safe while banking, shopping, or paying bills online. SafeZone will also prevent malware spying or keylogging and can be set to launch automatically on your preferred websites.

Avast Firewall: A more robust firewall than the standard Windows option, it's also easily configurable and unobtrusive. Avast Firewall pulls its data … Read more

Windows XP security

Though Microsoft ended support for Windows XP in April, the popular OS refuses to die. Roughly 25 percent of desktop users are clinging to the OS, meaning XP still has four times as many users as Windows 8 or 8.1, according to NetMarketShare. Recently, independent security lab AV-Test investigated whether the outdated XP can be adequately protected.

Is Windows XP still safe?

The answer is a resounding yes. AV-Test found that the majority of security vendors have been able to defend against most of the known or recently discovered exploits. Vulnerabilities and other issues no longer being fixed by … Read more

Software week in review for August 8

This week's hack of over 1 billion online account credentials is the worst thing ever or else nothing to worry about, but either way you should change your passwords (again). Yahoo and Google are teaming up for encrypted email in 2015. And as always we have the latest product releases and rumors from Apple, Microsoft, and others. Read on for our recap, and to get the latest reviews and features from our editors in your inbox, subscribe to our weekly newsletters.

Security

It's Black Hat and DefCon week in Las Vegas, which means that we're awash in … Read more

Software week in review for August 1

Apple's getting closer to releasing its new OS, iOS, and iPhone. Microsoft needs to convince users to kick out the old Windows. Facebook has a new Bolt and updated Slingshot, but Messenger's on its own and there are no more Gifts. Read on for our recap of the software news, and to get the latest reviews and features from our editors in your inbox, subscribe to our weekly newsletters.

Apple

Apple hasn't announced the iPhone 6, let alone given it a release date, but speculation says it will launch on October 14. In the meantime, iPhone owners … Read more

Software week in review, July 25

This week we're hoping to recruit William Shatner, who decided to boldly go into software reviews, evaluating Facebook Pages on his new Tumblr. In other news, Apple's next OS is now in public beta, Microsoft wants one Windows to rule them all, and everyone's talking Tor. To get the latest reviews and features from our editors in your inbox, subscribe to our weekly newsletters.

Security and privacy

Black Hat and Def Con are a little over a week away, so it's not surprising that Tor is on the minds of many. This week a Black Hat talkRead more

Software week in review, July 18

Microsoft's layoffs are bad news for Nokia, Xbox Entertainment, and Windows phones that run Android. Google is going after zero-day threats and is fixing Chrome's security and power-hogging. And vulnerabilities have been found in everything from Teslas to the stock market to hotels. Read on for more updates, and to get the latest reviews and features from our editors in your inbox, subscribe to our weekly newsletters.

Microsoft

Last week Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella published a 3,100-word memo about "bold ambition" (or "turgid drivel," per linguist Geoff Pullum). This week another memo (also … Read more

Software week in review, July 11

Microsoft is still trying to woo users away from Windows 7 and XP; Apple's next iPhone has a sapphire screen, and the phone after that may have a smart lock; and Google is killing apps and bad site certificates. Read on for more of the week's software news, and to get the latest reviews and features from our editors in your inbox, subscribe to our weekly newsletters.

Microsoft

Yesterday CEO Satya Nadella declared that Microsoft is no longer a "devices and services" company, but rather will reinvent productivity, with a focus on mobile and cloud. He … Read more

Kaspersky Internet Security 2015 review

Kaspersky Internet Security 2015 is an all-in-one security suite with improved design, faster scan times, and protection for online activity.

Pros

Fantastic redesign: Kaspersky Internet Security's new look and feel are stunning. The four primary tools (Scan, Update, Safe Money, and Parental Controls) are now in a cleaner, more palatable two-by-two grid. When you mouse over a module, it lights up with a subtle color and pops up as you hover. The changes aren't just skin deep; Kaspersky has polished the entire flow down to the most granular options. This elegant new experience builds on Kaspersky's already … Read more

Webroot SecureAnywhere Internet Security Complete review

Webroot SecureAnywhere Internet Security Complete is the fully unlocked SecureAnywhere experience. Besides offering virus scanning and password management, it features secure delete and online storage.

Pros

Informative design: Webroot uses colors to indicate the protection status of products. Green stands for fully protected, orange represents a warning state, and red indicates a critical vulnerability. For example, disabling the real-time shield pulls up a caption notification and immediately puts the Webroot SecureAnywhere state into the red.

Lightweight: Webroot's complete installation takes up only 1MB. AntiVirus doesn't take a very noticeable toll on your system, even for full scans: A … Read more

Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus review

Webroot SecureAnywhere is a blazing-fast malware scanner that offers protection from phishing attacks, software hijacks, and more.

Pros

Excellent design: Webroot uses colors to indicate the protection status of products. Green stands for fully protected, orange represents a warning state, and red indicates a critical vulnerability. For example, disabling the real-time shield pulls up a caption notification and immediately puts the Webroot SecureAnywhere state into the red, making it difficult for others to hijack and disable the antivirus software unnoticed.

Lightweight: Webroot's complete installation takes up around 1MB of space. The AntiVirus version doesn't take a very noticeable … Read more