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Online safety: Three software security programmes you should know about

Consider using use this free cybersecurity software to protect your computer and handheld gadgets from viruses.

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Cybersecurity is the practice of protecting computers, servers, mobile devices, electronic systems and networks against malicious attacks.

All of the free virus protection programmes listed below are provided by trusted names in the software industry. Free antivirus applications may have restricted functionality, but they do provide protection that will help separate your device from cyber threats.

1. Avast

Avast Free Antivirus scans for security and performance issues and tells you how to fix things right away. It protects you in real-time by analysing unknown files before they get to you. Avast Antivirus provides an unlimited free version for desktops and mobile devices. Avast antivirus is the proud winner of the prestigious 2019 Top Rated product award.

2. Kaspersky

It is regarded as the first adaptive cybersecurity software. Kaspersky can protect your communication, location and data in real-time, offering free-antivirus and anti-spyware for Android devices. They also offer GPS tracking for kids, child locator and parental controls. They have a 30-day free trial period. Their protection solutions were rated The Most Checked and The Most Extremely for six years in a row, from 2013 to 2018.

3. AVG Technologies

AVG AntiVirus provides a free, downloadable version that can be bought and a complete edition. It’s considered an indispensable free defense that won’t let you down. It prevents viruses, spyware and other malware; blocks dangerous connections, downloads, and attachments to emails, and gets security alerts in real-time. It is easy to use and simple.

A few things that you need to consider when selecting a free antivirus application

Software such as Kaspersky will secure your machine from hackers but for a trial period, these programmes are only free. You should pick a paid plan to get the best cover. Most free virus software is designed specifically to protect your computer from viruses and not hackers.

Though cyber protection software is useful, there are a few things that you can do to protect yourself.

1. Avoid clicking on links without consideration
2. Stick to using your own device consistently
3. Be aware of your surroundings when in public, especially in cases when you need to enter your password
4. Keep track of your digital footprints, which includes social media accounts, logging out of your email when using an internet cafe
5. Back up all your data
6. Protect your mobile device by using strong passwords

Be proactive. Not all mistakes can be undone with “ctrl + Z”.

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