What are the best computer security software?

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    #1Norton Security Premium

    Norton Security Premium

    Norton Security Premium provides real-time protection against existing and emerging malware, ransomware and viruses. It also helps protect your finances, privacy and personal information across all your Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS devices.

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    $109.99- 1 year

    Daniel Hall
    Written on January 2, 2019
    "Comes with a 100% protection guarantee with high detection rates for Windows and Macs, a 25GB online backup storage, and can even track your lost or stolen mobile devices. Definitely one of the best computer security software available in the market right now."
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    #2Bitdefender Total Security

    Bitdefender Total Security

    Bitdefender Total Security is a complete suite offering anti-malware protection, multi-layer ransomware protection, network threat prevention, parental controls, and cross-platform compatibility among Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS devices.

    Software

    Windows

    Varies by plan

    Wei Zhang
    Written on January 2, 2019
    "It offers good protection and some nice extra tools for Android, and iOS devices. It even offers VPN services to all devices, all for an affordable price. A great value overall."
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    #3Kaspersky Total Security

    Kaspersky Total Security

    Kaspersky Total Security is a malware detection and removal tool developed by Kaspersky Lab. It is specifically designed for protecting a device against harmful viruses, ransomware, anti-spyware programs, trojans, and other security threats.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    $99.99- Varies by plan

    Gregory Olson
    Written on January 2, 2019
    "On top of its powerful malware protection, it offers a robust set of internet tools and parental controls which I value highly since it allows me to properly manage all internet usage by my kids."

DID YOU KNOW?

Cyber security began as a research project by a man named Bob Thomas. He realized that computer programs could move across networks. In the process, it left traces wherever it went. He created a program named Creeper. He designed it to travel between Tenex terminals on the early ARPANET. He had it print the message “I’M THE CREEPER: CATCH ME IF YOU CAN.” Ray Tomlinson, the inventor of email, liked the idea and modified it. He then was able to create the first ever computer worm. Then he wrote another program—Reaper, the first antivirus software. An early form of computer security software. Its purpose was to chase Creeper and delete it. Cyber security was a big concern during the early history of computers. Hacking to get sensitive, military information was prevalent back then. The Morris worm, created by Robert Morris was instrumental to this. He created it to test out the extent of the Internet. What happened instead was damage that was so huge that the Internet slowed to a crawl. This changed the way we look at Internet security for good. From this point on, viruses became more dangerous and spread far greater. Other types such as malware and ransomware appeared with deadly effect.

Today, people are becoming more aware of safe Internet practices. Anti-virus software became more robust with better detection rates and protection. Internet browsers had more security tools built into them. We live in a digital age in which "always connected" smart devices govern our daily lives. It is important now more than ever to be careful and wary of what we do on the Internet. One small and careless mistake can cause us a lot of security issues and breaches.

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    #4McAfee Total Protection

    McAfee Total Protection

    McAfee Total Protection safeguards your identity and helps make sure your private life stays that way. It provides antivirus, identity and privacy protection for your PCs, Macs, smartphones, and tablets—all in one subscription.  

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    iOS, Android, Windows, Mac

    Free

    Zhang Yan
    Written on January 2, 2019
    "It offers protection against bitcoin and other cryptocurrency attacks by monitoring all of your accounts. It doesn't have as many tools compared to others but the ones that it does have works well."
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    #5Trend Micro Maximum Security

    Trend Micro Maximum Security

    The Trend Micro Maximum Security is a software suite that offers complete protection covering trojans, rootkits, ransomware, viruses, and malicious websites across multiple platforms on Window, Mac, Android, and iOS devices.

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    $89.95- 1 year

    Raymond Keller
    Written on January 2, 2019
    "A standout feature for this particular offering is cloud protection to safeguard all your online files as well as providing 25GB of its own online backup storage service. A good supplementary storage options in case anything goes wrong with mine."
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    #6F-Secure Total

    F-Secure Total

    F-Secure Total offers complete cybersecurity, a VPN service, a password manager, and SENSE protection for devices connected to its SENSE router in its software suite. It supports Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS devices.

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    $99.99- 1 year. Free trial available

    Alan Luo
    Written on January 2, 2019
    "It offers better internet tools as compared to other especially when it come sot mobile security. The set of tools that it provides for my mobile devices is nice as well as powerful VPN that works great."
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    #7ESET Multi-Device Security

    ESET Multi-Device Security

    The ESET Multi-Device Security is a software package that is made to offer anti-virus, internet security, and parental controls across all platforms and devices on Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android. It does not support iOS devices, however.

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    $69.99- 1 year

    Nicole Parker
    Written on January 2, 2019
    "One of the few that I have tried that actually works with my Linux machines. Curiously though, it does not support iOS devices, which is weird for a solution that claims multi-device security. Maybe it will be an added feature in the future."
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    #8Panda Dome Premium

    Panda Dome Premium

    Panda Dome Premium brings together Panda's best protection, privacy and performance features into a single solution. As well as VPN service, password management, and parental control across Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS devices. 

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    $169.99- 1 year

    Willie Morales
    Written on January 2, 2019
    "It offers decent protection for computers and mobile devices. However, it is light on extra security tools, especially for Mac computers and laptops. It also bogs down my system while it's running. Not the best value considering all of this but it is still worth checking out."
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    #9Prey

    Prey

    Prey is anti-theft tracking software for devices like laptops, phones, and tablets that enables users to locate, lock, wipe and recover stolen devices. Prey uses a remote activation system.

    Software

    Windows, iOS, Android

    Free

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    #10Hidden

    Hidden

    Hidden Anti-theft software uses proven technology to search for missing devices such as your missing Macbook, iPhone or iPad and collects the evidence needed to get them back. It is made for Apple devices and tracks a device’s position, altitude and orientation.

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    Web, iOS

    Varies by plan

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    #11Exo5

    Exo5

    Exo5 is a device tracking software which enables you to lock your laptop's hard disk in case it is stolen. This software also uses Wi-Fi triangulation technology and Google Maps UI. It also has Remotekill option for data encryption.

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    Windows

    Varies by plan

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    #12Pombo

    Pombo

    Pombo is a laptop recovery software for Windows, GNU/Linux and Mac OSX. Pombo works silently in the background while sending tracking information to a web server of your choice. You can get the lastest file uploaded by Pombo, decrypt and hand it to the police.

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    Web

    Free

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    #13Norton Mobile Security

    Norton Mobile Security

    Norton Mobile Security is a software that helps you quickly lock and find your laptop, MacBook, tablet or smartphone if ever lost or stolen. It features tracking and mapping tools and a remote lock to secure your device. 


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    Windows, iOS, Android

    Free

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    #14LockItTight

    LockItTight

    LockItTight is a software for stolen devices. It has a feature of UI of Google Maps in order to track devices easily. It has premium and standard versions which you can avail for your needs. 

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    Windows, Android, iOS

    Free

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    #15Absolute DDS

    Absolute DDS

    Absolute Data & Device Security (DDS) provides a persistent connection to all of your endpoints and the data they contain. Absolute DDS is all about the connection and it is delivered through a cloud-based console that requires no additional IT infrastructure.

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    Web

    Varies by plan

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Summary

Best What are the best computer security software
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Norton Security PremiumSoftware 17 Paid
2Bitdefender Total SecuritySoftware 13 Paid
3Kaspersky Total SecuritySoftware 8 Paid
4McAfee Total ProtectionSoftware 4 Free
5Trend Micro Maximum SecuritySoftware 3 Paid
6F-Secure TotalSoftware 2 Paid
7ESET Multi-Device SecuritySoftware 1 Paid
8Panda Dome PremiumSoftware 1 Paid
9PreySoftware 0 Free
10HiddenSoftware 0 Free
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