With the world on high alert when it comes to data protection and privacy following the Facebook inquisition, cybersecurity has once again become a buzz-word. In addition, with the advent of the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) law for businesses operating in and within Europe looming next month – it is a no-brainer to now consider getting some form of cyber protection if you haven’t already.
Granted, there is much cyber-protection software to choose from and most PCs come with monthly trials or yearly subscriptions to known brands like Norton, Symantec, Avira and McAfee and so on. Apple continues to brag about its virus-free operating systems while Windows 10 also now comes standard with Windows Defender for basic online protection. But like any virus in nature and virtually, the is always the survival process of mutation.
The threats of 10 years ago have evolved and become cleverer in their formidable attack and breaching of the most fortified systems. So, the antivirus software industry is having to adapt and cater for all the possible scenarios that can pose a damaging threat to a home or business PC.
Let’s be real, the only way to fully secure your device or desktop today is to stay away completely from the Internet – which is equivalent to locking yourself up and a cabin in the woods with nothing but nature to engage with. Threats arise from websites browsed, emails opened, applications and programs downloaded from the net, social media platforms and even through hacking of your IP address not only by dodgy people but now also by clever AI-powered machines called ‘bots’.
The approach one can take is to adopt an ignorance is bliss mentality (which most people do) until you hit a snag leading to all your emails getting deleted after being cloned, or your banking details compromised through clever phishing efforts. As a business, there is nothing worse than losing sensitive data (such as intellectual property) crucial to your business to a hacker who sells to the highest bidding competitor. Therefore, as your personal and business data are assets, having them taken care of in the background will provide the same peace of mind as a secure property, savings or investment fund.
Debunqed.com identified one specific ‘anti-threat’ software that while not as popular as the afore-mentioned anti-virus programs – which have enjoyed a monopoly of contracts with the various operating systems over years, is totally free to use for basic scanning but offers a lot more once you subscribe to it. And we have seen the value of using it already via the free service. We also love the easy to use and cool interface:
There is a lot of documentation on their website including how to even secure your data from third-party applications operating on Facebook. But the main features, which come at affordable prices (ranging from $40 to $100 annually), are a steal for what you get in comparison to the others.
These features include:
+PC Tune-ups – Optimising your PC to ensure it is working as quickly as it should, and this comes with a software updater. This is over and above the standard optimization functions, every PC comes with. So, deleting duplicate items like cookies, pictures from online browsing and files unknowingly stored in several places on the same PC or network is done via its junk remover to free up disk space.
+Internet security – shielding against viruses, malware, spam, ransomware and phishing attacks that originate from web-browsing and Email.
+Hacker attacks protection – active (or manual) shielding against the compromising of everything important on your PC if you are a person or business of interest.
+Privacy – protection from third-party applications using your personal data for marketing, unauthorized snooping (even through your webcams), and masking of your location and virtual movements via the use of VPNs (we will be covering a full feature on VPNs soon). The privacy protection is naturally extended to all your saved cookies and auto-fills such as banking details, admin logins, and online shopping or any online account you hold for that matter. Identity protection and data encryption are included functionalities in the full (paid) packages.
+Device compatibility – because AVG is mostly web-based (downloadable app), it can be used on any device so because your Gmail account on Android is synced to your phone and tablet, so should the coverage of the protection to those devices. AVG is compatible with Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista XP and SP3 and can be used on Apple devices. This feature is great for securing all your family or business devices under one account/subscription. And with its nifty remote management, you get to play IT manager and remotely install, update, and configure AVG across your PC devices.
+Up to date security – this is a big plus in their offering because they are constantly upgrading the software to adapt to the threats and viruses – in the background. This is possible via their cloud servers and is the reason why they don’t even have years at the end of the name of the brand or package anymore – it is always current.
+Options – you have an array of bundles to choose based on your needs so you can build it up as your family or business needs grow. Great for households and small start-ups as these are non-locking-in, ‘pay as you use subscriptions’ (payment via Credit Card, Alipay, PayPal or wire transfer).
There are many other additional services such as online guides great blogs that are updated with the latest cyber security trends and threats, and technical support for both business and home – we are yet to test those as so far as we have had no snags, but good to know this is available and included in the subscription.