We all realise how important it is to keep our systems secure, we are regularly reminded in the news when we hear about yet another cyber attack and the new twist to an age old scam. Most new computers come with a trial of McAfee or Norton in the hope that you will subscribe and continue to do so while the auto renew feature keeps you paid up and reassuring messages from said provider inform you that you are protected against the latest threats – are you? These providers along with other household names like AVG and Kaspersky or Panda have dominated our choice of security for the last decade or so.
There is a new threat that has not been covered by the majority of security software until only recently and not all suppliers are there yet. Much of the security is down to our own common sense, don’t click on that link or watch that small video clip. But what about those infected web pages that dish out malware and inject code into our web browsers and our systems? There is a separate security program for that, Malwarebytes.
This software program exists (for paid members) to constantly watch and protect you by stopping any malware from getting into your computer, it will happily work alongside your antivirus/internet security software, whatever you use although I believe that in the past I have not been able to install Kaspersky as it checked for the presence of already installed security products and insisted Malwarebytes was removed prior to install, it can always be put back afterwards.
To get back to the main point of this post, saving money on your security software. I often get asked which in my opinion is the best to use and my answer is always the same, in essence, all major platforms use the same definitions of antivirus engines, the same updates of raw data that tells them what infections are out there. Then there are the other tools that a security program may provide such as system cleaning and maintenance tools that make it easier for you to use, over time people get used to these and prefer to stick with them as their systems maintain a relatively trouble-free life more confidence is held in the security product of their choice.
Your Internet Service Provider Can Save You Money
Many people do not realise that the likes of BT, TalkTalk, EE and Fleur Telecom all offer free or discounted security software. If you are not sure then just log into your own customer account and see what else your package offers or email the support team of your internet provider. At the time I wrote this post BT offer McAfee Security (Badged as BT Virus Protect) free and depending what package you have with them you can protect up to 15 devices for free. TalkTalk offer what they call TalkTalk Boost that is actually F-Secure and EE offer s discounted version of Norton, I have also, thanks to a customer, Christine (She’s a regular reader of my website – thank you) found out that Fleur Telecom offer their Fleur Security Suite that also incorporated Symantec Endpoint Protection.
So going through this route initially can save you and your family many pounds. There is another option and that is to contact your bank, if you are registered for online banking then there is often security software offered with it – check it out.
One last word. Knock off that Auto Renew feature because you will be charged the top price automatically and I have seen charges of £80 or more regularly paid out, yes I know that can be a small price to pay for ones peace of mind when you consider for a moment the alternatives but a little shopping around will save you up to half that or more. Let’s say you have a McAfee account, turn off the auto renew. As the subscription runs out check out the prices at other online sites and even your local PC World etc. You can in this case purchase a new product elsewhere at a cheaper cost then log in to your McAfee account and type in the product key, there’s a place for it and voila you have another year at less cost. You still need to download the product from within your account and replace the old version you have but that’s it.
Protect yourself against fraud.
I have written a post here with details of how to keep yourself safe from fraudsters, I have also found this thanks to a helpful reader, it’s from Fleur Telecom and it’s a well written pdf on keeping yourself safe and far more detailed than my post – see the link below.
Need to reinstall your security software or get access your online account? See this post.