Consumer Reviews: Testing the Best Antivirus | 3 On your side
PHOENIX (3TV / CBS 5) – Protecting your property from criminals is something most of us do, be it our house, our car, or even our bike. But what about protecting the personal information on your computer from viruses and cyber criminals?
To help you with this, Consumer Reports recently tested antivirus software and explained why you don’t have to pay a lot to get solid protection. With so many antivirus software options available, it can be hard to tell which one will give you the best protection. And as a reminder: you need protection! In its Internet Crime Report, the FBI says it received nearly 800,000 reports of cybercrime in 2020, up 69% from 2019.
Consumer reports put more than 30 antivirus programs through a series of tests exposing computers running Windows 10 and macOS to malware, malicious websites, and phishing attempts. And for the first time, Consumer Reports also gave each of the programs a data protection score. It is based on how the company says it collects, shares, and uses your data.
The good news is that you don’t have to pay to get solid antivirus that will keep your personal information safe as well. According to Consumer Reports, Kaspersky Security Cloud Free and AVG Antivirus for Mac both offer very good protection against threats. Correctly; Macs also need antivirus software. They’re both free and both scored “Excellent” for advertising, which means you won’t be bombarded with ads to improve your service.
However, according to Consumer Reports, paid programs offer some additional benefits. Like the world-class F-Secure SAFE, which offers a parental control filter, bank protection, and anti-ransomware and spyware technology. If you choose software, the experts at Consumer Reports warn that a higher price does not necessarily mean better protection.
Consumer Reports also says that instead of clicking on an ad that promises free virus protection, you should make sure that you are downloading antivirus software from a trusted website. The best thing to do is go straight to the source and manually enter the web address for the product you selected.
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