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How do I Choose the Best Security Software Program?

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  • Written By: G. Wiesen
  • Edited By: Heather Bailey
  • Last Modified Date: 30 July 2017
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Choosing the best security software program for you depends on what you are looking for, whether you are trying to protect a home or business computer, and numerous other specifics regarding your software needs. As with choosing other types of software, your needs are paramount in finding the security software program that will work best for you and protect you in all the ways you require. Reading reviews of programs on reputable Internet websites and consulting other frequent computer users can often help you narrow your choices. You should also become familiar with what the different types of security programs are, and how they can help you, or even interfere with each other.

Finding the security software program that is right for you can involve asking yourself some key questions and then using your answers to narrow down your needs. Consider what kind of protection you seek for your home or business computer. The networks and computers of large corporations are more likely to be attacked by a hacker or specifically targeted by malware because of the greater number of users and therefore potential weaknesses in security. This means you may need more protection for business or corporate computers than for home computers. You may also want to consider different programs for different threats, such as an antivirus program, a separate adware program, and a third firewall program, rather than an all-in-one security software program.

Keep in mind, however, that running multiple programs of the same type can actually reduce the effectiveness of such programs. Running more than one antivirus program, for example, can result in false positives while scanning, as each security software program detects the other one as a security threat, and can even shut each other down. You may also find that running more than one firewall can slow down your Internet access to such a degree that you lose time and money waiting for websites to load.

There is also a wide range of available programs when considering price, as some security software is free, while others can cost hundreds of dollars. If you are a home computer user, casually using your computer for Internet browsing, email, word processing, and other typical applications, then a free reputable program may work for you. On the other hand, if you are using a computer for business, use you may need to purchase a security software program that will provide you with greater support, especially if you need to protect multiple machines.

A number of Internet websites exist that provide information and both professional and customer reviews of many different security programs. You should read through some reviews on any program before downloading or purchasing it, to ensure that other people have found it useful and to help ensure that you do not download a piece of malware disguised as security software. Many programs will also allow trial periods of limited accessibility so you can try out the security software program and decide if it will work well for you.

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