One of the things I have to stay on top of with working from a home office is making sure my work computers are protected. My laptop came pre-loaded with software, but it expired. I looked at different options within my budget and asked others for their choices. I eventually settled on 2 programs – Microsoft Security and Avira.
Top Rated Free Security Software
Consumer Reports recently ran a story about some of their top choices for both paid and free software for computer security. What was interesting was that they found that there were plenty of free options that would cover most users’ needs.
For those who want protection and don’t have a ton of money to spend there are a few free options to consider.
- Avira Free Antivirus (free-av.com)
- AVG Antivirus (free.avg.com)
- Avast Free Antivirus
- Microsoft Security Essentials
The winner for Consumer Reports was Avira and I agree. I’ve used Avira for a couple of years now and I’ve been happy with it. I have the free version on one and the paid version on the other (got it at a significant discount). It’s easy to install and use. The free version has occasional ad pop-ups, but it can easily ignored.
If you want the paid version, you may be able to hunt around around and find a good sale price. I also wanted to mention that Consumer Reports recommended Spamfighter for those user having issues with their email.
Thoughts on Computer Security
I’d love to hear from you about your top picks. What paid and free options do you use to protect your computer? What have been the worst options for you personally and why?