What to look for in an Android antivirus app

Malware has definitely gone mobile. According to report from Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, Android was the second most targeted platform by hackers (behind Windows) in 2015. The report warns that hackers are increasingly targeting financial transactions, such the recent attack on social-media apps designed to steal banking information.

How to protect your phone

You should take preventive measures: Set a screen-lock password, for example, and keep your apps up to date. See our tips for securing your Android phone.

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Topics: Android Software

Tags: Security Center , Guides , Android , antimalware , Internet security , anti-virus

How to choose an antivirus app for Windows and Mac

Some argue that you don't need antivirus software if you just stay away from sketchy websites and email attachments. Unfortunately, there's a large cottage industry dedicated to deceiving people into inviting malware onto their computers. Think of antivirus software as your digital seatbelt: You don't strictly need it most of the time, but if you ever do, it can really save your bacon. And usually it has a negligible impact on your computer's performance. Here's how to evaluate your Windows... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: Security Center , Guides , antivirus , antimalware , Internet security

Intel talks cybersecurity at IDF

At the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco this week, Christopher Young, general manager of the Intel Security Group, gave a talk on cybersecurity and the Internet of Things (IoT). IoT refers to Internet connectivity for things that don't usually have them, like refrigerators, cars, and thermostats. Intel estimates that there will be 50 billion of these devices around the world by 2020, and the company is creating a security model to keep your personal data safe and... Read More »

Topics: Security Software , Security

Tags: Security Center , Guides , Windows , antivirus , security , antimalware , Internet security , anti-virus

Security Essentials fails latest AV-Test

Updated Monday, December 3, 2012, at 11:45 a.m. PDT with comment from Microsoft.

Updated Friday, November 30, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. PDT with comment from

In a month of uneven Windows 8 news and reviews, Microsoft is taking another hit. This time, its freeware Security Essentials finds itself in the crosshairs.

Independent German security suite evaluators publish bimonthly tests that rate the effectiveness of the biggest Windows security suites out there, and the recently published results showed that MSE failed... Read More »

Tags: antivirus , security , Microsoft , Windows software , antimalware

Avira kills its pop-up for 2013, sort of

The competition for the best free Windows security suite just got a lot more intense, as Avira returns to the field with its second major revamp in as many years of its flagship free antivirus and paid upgrades.

Available exclusively from today, Avira Free Antivirus 2013, along with the paid upgrades Avira Antivirus Premium 2013 and Avira Internet Security 2013, greatly expand the kinds of protection that Avira offers.

Avira wouldn't reveal a precise number of people... Read More »

Tags: antivirus , security , Windows software , antimalware , Internet security , free , Avira

New test results highlight Windows security struggles

Today might be Friday, September 14, but to PC security companies, it probably feels like Friday the 13th.'s latest regularly published results on home security suites have been released, and the vast majority of the best performing suites slipped a full point or more.

You can read the report at AV-Test's site.

AV-Test looks at three categories in its tests, and scores them each on a six-point scale. Protection gauges how well a suite blocks threats, Repair evaluates how... Read More »

Tags: antivirus , malware , Windows software , antimalware

Will tweaks keep F-Secure competitive?

A firewall that boosts outbound protection, browser protection that almost doesn't care which browser is your favorite, and compatibility with Microsoft's big October gamble are the highlights of F-Secure's 2013 suites, released today.

There's actually quite a few changes to F-Secure Anti-Virus 2013 (download) and F-Secure Internet Security 2013 (download) this year, but nearly all of them are focused on enhancing security already in last year's suites -- as opposed to providing entirely new features.

The most notable changes in... Read More »

Tags: antivirus , security , Windows software , antimalware , Internet security , firewall , anti-virus

Trend Micro shuffles features for your safety

Trend Micro wants to redefine the expectations of people buying security suites by changing what level of protection they get. The Trend Micro Titanium 2013 updates move feature sets around, lowering the price on features previously available only for more money, as well as debuting new ones.

Available exclusively from today, Titanium Antivirus Plus (30-day trial download, $39.95), Titanium Internet Security (30-day trial download, $79.95), Titanium Maximum Security (30-day trial download, $89.95), Titanium Premium Security (30-day trial download, $99.95),... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: antivirus , security , Windows software , antimalware , Trend Micro

AVG goes all-in with Windows 8

Microsoft is forcing everybody to rethink the operating system that everybody loves to hate with Windows 8, and that includes security suite makers. Freeware faves AVG leap into the future today with a touch-friendly interface, a zippy installation, and impressively fast scans.

The upgrades are available at no cost as AVG Anti-Virus Free 2013 (download), or as a paid update to AVG Anti-Virus 2013 (download) and AVG Internet Security 2013 (download), exclusively from today.

Security vendor claims... Read More »

Tags: antivirus , security , Windows software , antimalware , AVG

As Windows goes touch, Norton goes social

Symantec's annual Norton security suite delivers an interface optimized for Windows 8, but its new features address the mobile and social implications of the era arriving with the new operating system at the end of October.

The new features in Norton Anti-Virus 2013 (download), Norton Internet Security 2013 (download), and Norton 360 2013 (download), aim squarely to cut down on social engineering threats like scams and phishing attacks.

Windows 8 is already gaining a reputation as the safest version... Read More »

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