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‘Cleaning Up’ Antivirus Purchasing

‘Cleaning Up’ Antivirus Purchasing

In a world where having your computer system hacked is as ordinary as the common cold, tech-users have found it increasingly important to acquire some type of antivirus protection. These programs are designed to prevent, detect and remove all malicious computer viruses and software, keeping your system secure. However, what happens when your antivirus company chooses to profit off your personal information? And how can you find a company who best fits your needs? This past week, the popular antivirus company, AVG Technologies, crossed the line between what is antivirus software and what many consider to be spyware. While it’s services appear to be free, what the company has actually been doing is attaining user data which it then reserves the right to sell to information companies. With this information, companies can target AVG-users through customer support and promotions. According to WIRED.com, an AVG spokesperson explained that any non-personal data it collected and potentially sold to advertisers would be cleaned and anonymized, making it impossible to link it back to individual users. “Many companies do this type of collection every day and do not tell their users,” the spokesperson said. So, seeking to avoid the misconceptions attached with companies of the like, here are five of the elements to thoroughly consider when choosing your next antivirus software:

  1. Price

When deciding on your next antivirus software, price is among the top things to consider. Antivirus software pricing ranges from expensive to moderate to free, but it is important to determine what pricing presents a happy medium for your security needs. However, keep in mind you don’t necessarily need the most expensive protection services to maintain your software’s security.

  1. Email Scanning

Email scanning is a prominent feature of some of the best antivirus software. The goal of this application is to protect your computer from having its hard drive erased or its personal data provided to hackers. Also, because a high volume of computer viruses stem from spam email, having your emails scanned for attacks can assist in alerting you to any identified threats prior to opening.

  1. Speed

Want to run a virus scan at a moment’s notice? “Quick scan” options may be your best bet! While some antivirus software will allow you to complete a reassuring software check in just a few minutes, others may require hours. However, if you don’t utilize your computer often, the quick scanning options may prove unimportant. Make sure to tailor your antivirus software purchase to your timely needs. 

  1. Compatibility

Don’t forget that computer compatibility does affect which antivirus protection software is best for you. This is especially important to note for Windows users, who often must read to which operating systems a protection service complies with. Mac users are usually impacted less by compatibility issues, for most products can still utilize a antivirus protection service which is slightly incompatible. Yet, finding the right software for your system will optimize your level of security.

  1. Privacy Policy

As seen through AVG, some of the biggest manufacturers of antivirus and computer security programs are also the biggest sharers of personal information. Make sure to read each antivirus protection softwares fine print in regards to privacy policy, and do not be afraid to call the company directly with any questions you may have. If after your phone call you still have speculations, contact a lawyer for additional guidance. Now you’re ready to invest in an antivirus protection service which best fits your needs. For personal assistance in selecting a software, head in to your local Best Buy or OfficeMax, otherwise check out PC Mag’s 2015 list of the top-rated antivirus protection software.