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Find the best security and antivirus apps for Windows, Mac, and mobile and get expert advice from our editors.

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Fight ransomware with data backups and gift cards

Fight ransomware with data backups and gift cards

How to stop malware from holding your files and PC hostage.

Google reports improved Android security

Google reports improved Android security

Google gets better at detecting harmful apps.

FBI unlocks iPhone without Apple's assistance

FBI unlocks iPhone without Apple's assistance

The FBI's action points to other potential security issues with the iPhone.

Sell your stuff securely

Sell your stuff securely

These six apps help you photograph, list, and sell without hassle.

Apple opposes FBI order to unlock iPhone

Apple opposes FBI order to unlock iPhone

Google's CEO Sundar Pichai ​expressed his support for Apple's stance.

6 mobile payment apps you can trust

6 mobile payment apps you can trust

Protect your purchases with two-factor authentication, encryption, and tokenization.

Celebrate Safer Internet Day with 2GB of Google Drive storage

Celebrate Safer Internet Day with 2GB of Google Drive storage

Make your own piece of the Internet a better, safer place.

2015 trends: The evolution of password security

2015 trends: The evolution of password security

Why you should get on board with fingerprint sensors and two-factor authentication.

Holiday shopping tips and tricks

Holiday shopping tips and tricks

Apps and strategies to get the most out of your time and money.

Shop more safely on Cyber Monday

Shop more safely on Cyber Monday

A guide to powering up your payment options, passwords, and device protection.

Keep your Android phone secure

Keep your Android phone secure

Don't succumb to Stagefright. Follow these eight commonsense steps to safeguard your phone and your info.

Instagram privacy and security

Instagram privacy and security

Share your photos without compromising yourself.

Microsoft addresses your privacy in Windows 10

Microsoft addresses your privacy in Windows 10

More details about what user data Microsoft collects and why.

Avast Free Antivirus review

Avast Free Antivirus review

The 2016 version of Avast Free Antivirus adds a password manager with cloud syncing.

Avira Free Antivirus for Mac

Avira Free Antivirus for Mac

​Avira Free Antivirus guards against malware without putting a strain on your Mac.

ESET Smart Security review

ESET Smart Security review

The software's core protection is great, but we encountered some hiccups with the bundled tools.

Avira Free Antivirus review

Avira Free Antivirus review

A refreshingly low-key antivirus app with a high-quality interface, though one bundled tool could use a chill pill.

How to use the Microsoft Edge browser privately and securely

How to use the Microsoft Edge browser privately and securely

Better living through fiddling with settings.

AVG Antivirus Free (2016) review

AVG Antivirus Free (2016) review

AVG Antivirus Free has a solid detection engine, but make sure you get what you ask for when installing it.

Stay secure and protect your privacy on Twitter

Stay secure and protect your privacy on Twitter

Promote yourself without sacrificing your security or risking your privacy.

Back-to-school security

Back-to-school security

Five tips for protecting your electronics, your network, and your info on campus and beyond.

A guide to Windows 10 security settings

A guide to Windows 10 security settings

Tweak settings for passwords, Wi-Fi, Cortana, system updates, and more.

Apple's App Store faces first major malware attack

Apple's App Store faces first major malware attack

WeChat and the Chinese version of Angry Birds 2 are among the infected apps.

Kaspersky Total Security 2016 review

Kaspersky Total Security 2016 review

An excellent security suite with some less than excellent frills.

McAfee LiveSafe 2016 review

McAfee LiveSafe 2016 review

McAfee's latest antimalware suite can be installed on an unlimited number of devices.

Bitdefender Total Security 2016 review

Bitdefender Total Security 2016 review

Bitdefender's antimalware suite is firing on all cylinders but could use more gauges on the instrument panel.

Panda Internet Security 2016 review

Panda Internet Security 2016 review

Panda Internet Security 2016 is a highly respectable antimalware suite with useful frills.

How to stay secure on Facebook

How to stay secure on Facebook

Take these five steps to enhance your social security.

Trend Micro Maximum Security 10 review

Trend Micro Maximum Security 10 review

The flagship antimalware suite is updated for 2015.

McAfee Mobile Security

McAfee Mobile Security

McAfee's Mobile Security for Android offers protection from viruses and malware, secures your device and your apps, guards against unsafe websites, and helps manage storage and battery life.

Intel talks cybersecurity at IDF

Intel talks cybersecurity at IDF

Can Intel secure the Internet of Things?

Mac backup basics

Mac backup basics

A Mac backup plan doesn't have to be complicated. Here are four ways to to safeguard your files.

Windows 10 privacy settings

Windows 10 privacy settings

Decide which features to lock down or liberate.

How to protect your privacy on Facebook

How to protect your privacy on Facebook

Tweak your Facebook privacy settings so that you don't share more than you mean to.

Location Services 101

Location Services 101

Learn how native and third-party apps use your location info and how to manage access.

Shred, don't trash, your Windows files

Shred, don't trash, your Windows files

Your files don't disappear when you hit the Delete key. Here's how to shred them completely.

How to disable the Adobe Flash browser plug-in

How to disable the Adobe Flash browser plug-in

Block Flash in a few easy steps to avoid its critical security flaws.

Make Google Drive more secure

Make Google Drive more secure

Get file encryption and strong password protection to secure your stuff.

A gamer's guide to online security

A gamer's guide to online security

How to protect your passwords, online accounts, and credit cards.

Review: Avast Browser Cleanup

Review: Avast Browser Cleanup

The browser security tool in Avast's antivirus program is now a free standalone app. Is it effective at identifying bad add-ons?

Review: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for Mac

Review: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for Mac

Clear adware and malware from your Mac with Malwarebytes' tool, formerly known as AdwareMedic.

Beef up your browser security

Beef up your browser security

When you're looking at the Web, don't let the Web look back at you. These quick tips will help you plug privacy and security holes in your browser.

How to remove bloatware

How to remove bloatware

Bloatware is annoying at best; at worst, it's malware like Lenovo's Superfish that puts your system at risk. Here's how to scrape the bloatware barnacles off your shiny new Windows PC.

What to look for in a password manager

What to look for in a password manager

Password managers save you time and protect your accounts. You want one with good password generation, encryption, autofill, and cross-platform compatibility.

Blur Premium

Blur Premium

Defend your passwords, payments, and privacy.

9 malware defenders

9 malware defenders

You need more than antivirus to protect your PC. Kill spyware, adware, and other malware with these apps.

What is malware?

What is malware?

To combat malicious software, you must first know your enemy. Find out how to identify and remove malware.

The best paid VPN for Windows

The best paid VPN for Windows

Virtual private networks offer a number of advantages: secure Internet access, greater privacy when you're Web browsing, and access to geo-restricted content. We've tested paid VPN services to find out which one is worth your money.

A buyer's guide to VPNs

A buyer's guide to VPNs

If you want to hide your IP address or browse with more privacy, tunnel into the Internet with a VPN.

SOS Online Backup

SOS Online Backup

If you're looking for secure cloud backup, SOS is an excellent alternative to Google Drive or iCloud.

Passwords 101

Passwords 101

Passwords guard your most private and sensitive information. Here's how to make sure they're strong enough for the job.

Two-step verification 101

Two-step verification 101

A strong password is a good start, but a second form of ID leaves your info much safer. Learn a few quick settings tweaks to lock down your email, social media, cloud storage, and other accounts.

​Backup basics

​Backup basics

Don't lose your information to hacks or hardware blowout. We show you how to prevent data loss and recover from PC failure.

Dashlane review

Dashlane review

Protect your passwords and your privacy.

Review: IVPN

Review: IVPN

Increase your privacy on the Internet with this premium virtual private network.

​Review: Hotspot Shield

​Review: Hotspot Shield

Connect to a reliable, feature-rich VPN.

5 tips for running Windows XP relatively safely

5 tips for running Windows XP relatively safely

Microsoft has stopped supporting Windows XP. If you can't upgrade (or don't want to), follow these tips to continue running Windows XP with a little security.