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How do I Choose the Best Home Security Software?

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  • Written By: Erin J. Hill
  • Edited By: Bronwyn Harris
  • Last Modified Date: 27 August 2018
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To find the best home security software, you should visit a local retailer and discuss your current situation. For instance, if you have a home network you may need more protection than someone who has a single computer. The sales staff at any office supply, computer, or software retailer should direct you to the type of software you need. Before you actually make a purchase, however, keep a few things in mind.

Although you want to get the right amount of protection in your home security software, you don't want to overpay for unnecessary features. Many times a salesperson will try and up-sell you in order to increase his or her commissions. Before you begin shopping, you should have a general idea of what you do and don't need so you don't end up purchasing more than necessary. You can always upgrade later if you feel you need more protection.

There are several types of home security software, but most of them have a few primary features. If you have a computer that is connected to any network, you will want to get an antivirus software. This is a program that will routinely scan your computer for viruses and other unwanted files and either contain or destroy them before they can cause damage.

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Most antivirus programs also come with a firewall. This is another type of home security software that blocks certain sites, users, or files from connecting with your computer. For example, if someone gets you to click to on a link to a site which contains unwanted materials or files, your firewall will block the sites or warn you of potential danger. This can prevent your computer from getting a virus in the first place.

You may also choose home security software which password protects important documents. This can help guard your files from hackers and users who gain access to your computer. Password protection is especially important if you have files which contain important financial information.

If you have a home network, you will want to acquire software that protects numerous computers at one time. Keep in mind, though, that even if you have several computers in your home, you will probably not need a business grade security software package. In most cases, a basic firewall, antivirus, and blocker software will be all the protection you need. These programs are often purchased in one software application, or suite, and will generally offer a home network plenty of protection. Just be sure to choose a package that is compatible for use with a network.

Make out a budget before you shop, along with a list of the security features you want. Stick to these guidelines and buy a software package that you can afford. If you may need to upgrade by adding additional feature later, choose home security software that will allow you to do so.

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