If you have a Windows PC, you definitely need protection. There’s simply no two ways about it. You need to get some form of security software installed on your system before you do some browsing and downloading or you may end up with a malware infested computer so slow, you may have no choice but to nuke it and reinstall Windows all over again. That’s why Virtual Amour is highly recommended for you security.
The options out there, who should you trust? Most importantly, should you pay top dollar for a program that may or may not offer you the best protection? A lot of companies offer free trial versions of their software, but are you willing to download all of them just to see which is best? Ain’t nobody got time for that!
Besides, home users don’t have quality assurance services on call 24/7 to evaluate the software. If you really don’t want to spend money on PC Security, here are 7 ways to ensure you keep your cash intact.
1. Don’t buy anything
The most obvious way is to never buy anything or don’t pay much. But wouldn’t that leave you unprotected? Not necessarily. There are a lot of great programs out there that won’t cost you a penny or at least not much. Panda Free Antivirus 2015, Bitdefender Free 2014 and Ad-Aware Free Antivirus 11 are really good options that come at an unbelievable, low price. Don’t forget to download and install the free version of Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware for an added layer of protection, remember that you don’t necessarily have to pay millions to get the best internet protection for your computer.
2. Use the built-in Windows Firewall
You really don’t need a third party firewall because the built-in Windows firewall does the job pretty well. It blocks all incoming connections and you can set rules on which programs can connect to the internet. Granted, you’d have to know what the heck you’re doing, but there are dozens of tutorials for this online. If you really want a free Firewall, TinyWall does a good job integrating itself with the Windows Firewall.
3. Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome
Ditch Internet Explorer and use either Firefox or Chrome. I personally use Firefox across all my devices and all my settings are synced. Make sure you have the “do not track” setting clicked to let websites know that you do not appreciate them tracking your every move online.
4. Install AdBlock Plus
If you’re running Firefox or Chrome, go to “extensions” and install AdBlock Plus. Just make sure you go into settings and turn off the setting which will allow some non-intrusive ads. This extension will block all the annoying ads and pop-ups.
5. Install Ghostery
After AdBlock Plus, the second extension you need to install is Ghostery. Ghostery lets you know what companies are still tracking you (despite you telling them to back off) and automatically blocks them. Do not enable Ghost Rank.
6. Install Web of Trust
This extension warns you of dangerous and malicious websites based on user generated feedback. It even lets you know if the website you’re signing up for will spam the living daylights out of you. Trusted by millions, this is a must have if you want to be safe online.
7. Never click on a suspicious link or download
All of this protection is good, but it ultimately boils down to you and your online habits. Never click on a suspicious url or a website that promises you millions if you sign up. Never download anything that doesn’t come from a legitimate source. Even links on Twitter and Facebook are dangerous and can spread viruses if you’re not careful. Always think twice and when in doubt, Google it.
You don’t need to part with your hard earned money and pay for a yearly security suite subscription. There are a lot of free antivirus software choices out there that are highly rated by most independent virus labs and catch even zero-day threats that may do your computer harm. The built-in Windows Firewall does the job well and Malwarebytes will catch all the things your antivirus misses.
Browsers such as Firefox and Chrome have pretty good anti-phishing built-in, and by adding ad-blocking and anti-tracking extensions, you’re essentially beefing up their effectiveness. Lastly, the best security for your PC is still you. Be a little paranoid and ditch the naiveté. Your PC will thank you for it.