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Source: Global News

Posted on September 30, 2012

Today's computer security isn't about crippling virus attacks, which are for the most part fixed with the latest security software, the real threat lies in being fooled online.

Smart security software can help keep you away from questionable Internet sites that trick you into sharing private information (phishing) or infects your PC with invisible spy malware. This can wreak havoc with your passwords and even steal personal financial information.

Norton Security recently demonstrated how easy it is for anyone to become a Facebook friend, share a "site" on your page allowing others to victimize you.

When choosing security software, major security brands like Norton, Kaspersky and McAfee generally work better. However the differences are in the details on how they work, like allowing instant access to a live database from more current customers that free programs can't match.

My advice - if you are happy with your current security software, then just keep it updated. The differences between the major brands are small. Each brand has individual nuances on fine-tuning your protection and the extra services they provide.

Here are a few:

Norton Security 360 Everywhere, lets you mix and match protection for any combination of PCs, Macs or Android mobile devices.

It includes tracking and recovery for lost or stolen Android mobile devices and automatically backs up important files in the cloud. It has a comprehensive multi-layer protection and extensive database of new sites and uses a combination of AI and reputation based technologies to keep away suspect sites. Its Pulse updates kick in every five to 15 minutes in the background and the Norton Bootable Recovery Tool creates an emergency CD/DVD/USB that brings your PC back to life if badly infected.

The new (August release) of Kaspersky Internet Security and Kaspersky Anti-Virus (your most recent version will freely upgrade online for the remaining time you have) features Safe Money, to protect your online bank account, shopping, and credit transactions by pre-authorizing a database on the sites you may be making financial transactions on. Its smart Automatic Exploit Prevention, protects you from the programs you've forgotten or don't bother to update. It also uses an onscreen untraceable virtual keyboard for important logins.

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