29-04-2018

The new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) law for businesses makes it is a no-brainer for you to get cyber protection if you haven’t already.

There are however, many (and sometimes overwhelming)  cyber-protection software to choose from. Most PCs come with monthly trials or yearly subscriptions to known brands such as Norton, Symantec, Avira and McAfee.

Apple boasts about its ‘virus-free’ operating systems. Microsoft’s Windows 10 also now comes standard with Windows Defender for basic online protection.

Mutation

Like any virus in nature and virtually however, there is always the option to mutate. The online threats and viruses of 10 years ago have evolved and become more elusive in their formidable attack and breaching of the most fortified systems.

So, the antivirus software industry has to adapt and protect you from such scenarios. Ones that can lead to serious damage your 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.

This is, however, the equivalent of locking yourself up and a cabin in the woods with nothing electronic.

The treats arise from websites browsed, emails opened, applications and programs downloaded from the Internet, social media platforms. These days hacking of your IP address can be carried out effortlessly by machines called ‘bots’.

Prevention is better than cure

The approach you can take is to adopt an ‘ignorance is bliss’ mentality (which most people are guilty of). But this is good until you hit a snag and lose all your emails, or have your banking details compromised through clever phishing efforts.

If you run a business, there is nothing worse than losing sensitive data (intellectual property) to a hacker who sells it to the highest bidding competitor.

As your personal and business data are assets, having them taken care of in the background will provide the same peace of mind.

Debunqed.com identified one specific ‘anti-threat’ software that while not as popular as the afore-mentioned anti-virus programs; is totally free to use for basic scanning.

It also offers you a whole lot more once you formally subscribe to it.

And we have seen the value of using it already via the free service which has an easy to use and cool interface:

AVG free

There is a lot of documentation on their website including how to even secure your data from third-party applications operating on Facebook. Its premium features, which come at bargain prices ( $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. Deleting duplicate items like cookies and pictures is carried out via its junk remover to free up disk space.

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+Internet security – shielding you against viruses, malware, spam, ransomware and phishing attacks that originate from web-browsing and Email.

+Hacker attacks protection – active (or manual) shielding you against the compromise of everything important on your PC for individuals or businesses.

+Privacy – protects you from third-party applications using your personal data for marketing. This includes unauthorized snooping (via your webcams), and masking of your location and virtual movements via the use of VPNs.

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.

Identity protection and data encryption are included in the full (paid) packages.

Compatibility

+Device compatibility – because AVG is mostly web-based, it can be used on any device like your Gmail account on Android is synced to your phone and tablet.

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.

With its nifty remote management, you get to ‘play IT manager’ and remotely install, update, and configure AVG across your 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.

More options

+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.

You can comfortably choose a  ‘pay as you use subscription’ that suits your budget.  **Payments 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. They also offer great technical support for both business and homes.

Start your journey into stress-free internet usage with a subscription or start free trial below and then decide.
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