This year has given us plenty of reasons to question the efficacy of our Internet security: Heartbleed vulnerabilities, Target and Home Depot customer data leaks, celebrity iCloud photo hacks, attacks on Sony. While companies batten down their Web servers, you can protect your computer and phone with a security app -- but with so many options, how do you choose? We've reviewed all of this year's major antivirus and security updates, and now here are our recommendations for the apps that will work best for you, whether you're running an old version of Windows or need remote … Read more
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
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 Recently, independent security lab AV-Test investigated whether the outdated XP can be adequately protected.Is Windows XP still safe?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
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
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
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
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
Microsoft is still trying to woo users away from newsletters.Microsoft 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
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 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