We are firm believers that you shouldn’t have to pay for antivirus security for your PC or Mac.
If the manufacturers of the operating system have left it vulnerable in any way then they should be the ones that pay or there should be free alternatives. So, without further a do, here is some great free software you can use to keep your computer secure.
With Mac, viruses aren’t so much the issue as is malware, this is generally due to the way the OS is developed (and based on Unix).
For a little while now Microsoft have provided free software in the form of Microsoft Security Essentials, and now Windows Defender, which is built in and updates when Windows updates. So cancel your annual Anti-virus subs and download this instead!
Note; this is for Windows 7. If you have 8 or newer it’s built in and you don’t need to worry.
Mac: We have provided links to a couple of great AV packages for Mac previously! See the following: Free Antivirus For Mac
On checking these are probably still on top. Don’t hang around and test either today!
We always recommend using Malwarebytes Free too to use in addition to the above and this can be used once a week or month just to make sure your computer is protected.
Many people get so used to being warned about suspicious files they may receive via email that they become bored with it. I know that we almost get too curious about certain things sent to us, or links that crop up on social media.
It is important to remember though, that if you don’t recognise the sender, or web site you are about to visit, it’s probably best not to click on such links. This is in the same way you’d do with junk mail sent through your letterbox in that you’d probably bin it straight away… you have to do the same thing with digital media. Take a step back before clicking or opening anything and think twice beforehand.
Unfortunately, Windows systems are still more frequently targeted compared with Mac or Linux but that doesn’t mean we should be any less vigilant!
Get yourself protected by downloading antivirus protection; see the following page for more info!
And if in doubt trash it, don’t open the attachment, or click on the link. If it’s really important the sender will contact you again.
We’ve recently changed our ISP to Virgin Media and were kindly surprised when we found that we could get the industry renound antivirus softare “F-Secure SAFE” for free to install on up to 5 computers (PC and Mac versions available) for one year. After this it is available at a reduced price of £25pa.
Virgin’s explanation and more details on this are available at the following link: http://store.virginmedia.com/discover/broadband/security/f-secure-safe.html
It is also good to see that Virgin discuss the fact Macs aren’t susceptible to attack, and have further useful information on how to keep your computer safe when connected to the Internet on this page. Well worth a read!
We are not affiliated with Virgin Media in any way or form and this post is for informational purposes only.
You would be pretty naive to think that Apple Macs are bullet proof now. With their increasing popularity (which I love) they are becoming a bigger target for people to attack.
Therefore we recommend that you install some software (no need to pay) that will help keep you Mac protected…
With each new install of the Operating System Apple have been locking the system down and improving the security but it’s worthwhile loading some extra software so you don’t get caught out.
Sophos for Mac has been around for a while and generally works very well…. but another one you could try is Avast! Free Antivirus for Mac – see review here: http://www.macworld.co.uk/macsoftware/reviews/?reviewid=3367786
Here’s a link to download from CNet: http://cnet.co/SPsquV
Stay safe and happy computing!