What are the best tools to protect personal information?

asked by Crystian Cocjin
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    #1Internet Security: Online Protection From Computer Hacking

    Internet Security: Online Protection From Computer Hacking

    This is a basic guide for the average computer user on how to protect themselves online. Find out how to protect yourself, your privacy and security, and the security of your children. Protect your privacy now.

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    Gerald Douglas
    Written on December 12, 2017
    "Very good "101" level boom which should be a part of anyone's library if they use the internet but so not have computer security knowledge. Simple enough to everyone to understand. Written so it is easy to understand, but my only knock is that some part are much worse grammatically than any published book should ever be."
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    #2AVG AntiVirus

    AVG AntiVirus
    AVG Antivirus is a free solution that helps in removing malware and to avoid being infected by trojans, viruses and other malicious software that can harm PCs or mobile phones. Also, it's useful for finding lost phones.
    Software

    Android, Windows, Mac

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Billy Gutierrez
    Written on December 1, 2017
    "this app for mobile is fair at best. when i used it, it tended to scan at the WORST possible times and it would freeze my phone for pretty much the duration of the phone scan"
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    #3ExpressVPN

    ExpressVPN

    ExpressVPN is an easy-to-use VPN service for Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Routers, and Linux. Its user-friendly apps let you secure your connection and unblock websites in one click. Just sign up, install, and connect.

    Software

    Windows, Mac, iOS, Android

    Free- Varies by plan

    Jerry Carlson
    Written on December 11, 2017
    "I found the ExpressVPN site very informative and well layed out. It offers a lot of different scenarios that its users might be in, and how their service helps those sort of people. Their service isn't exactly cutrate, but they do seem to provide a massive amount of very fast infrastructure."
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    #4Hotspot Shield

    Hotspot Shield

    Hotspot Shield is a public virtual private network (VPN) service provider which protects your identity by hiding your IP address from prying eyes. This VPN is suitable for streaming, browsing, gaming and file sharing. 

    Software

    Windows, Mac, Android, iOS

    Free- Varies by plan

    Donald Franklin
    Written on December 10, 2017
    "Hotspot Shield is an exceptional tool to protect personal information. Privacy is important to me because I work online and make a lot of purchases online as well. It protects my IP address which is becoming increasingly crucial in this digital age. So far, I've had no issues with and consider it another problem solved!"
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    #5Bitdefender Security & Antivirus

    Bitdefender Security & Antivirus
    Bitdefender is a security app that offers a flawless malware protection BUT you can't schedule malware scans. Apart from that, it is well worth it.
    Software

    Windows, Mac, Android

    Free

    Michael Weber
    Written on December 2, 2017
    "I don't keep this on my PC or phone at all times because it has such a large file. I end up downloading and running it from time to time or when I suspect I might have a virus. It works fast at scanning all my files and has found some malware and deleted it for me. After it's done running, I uninstall it until the next time I need it."
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    #6Keeping Your Computer Healthy

    Keeping Your Computer Healthy

    Keeping Your Computer Healthy is based on the practical experience of removing malicious software from more than 7000 computers over the past ten years. This book is useful for both computer users and technical support dealing with the removal of malware.

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    Mark Ray
    Written on December 1, 2017
    "fits topic with good ratings"
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    Free Trial

    #7McAfee 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.  

    Software

    iOS, Android, Windows, Mac

    Free

    Sean Ye
    Written on December 3, 2017
    "I use McAfee Total Protection on my desktop computer since many years, and I never had any problem with viruses. This software is light, and it works well: I suggest it to every windows uses!"
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    #8[TUTORIAL] How to Protect Your Computer from Hackers, Spyware and Viruses

    [TUTORIAL] How to Protect Your Computer from Hackers, Spyware and Viruses

    Online Tech Tips is a blog that provides readers with daily computer tutorials, technology news, software reviews, and personal computing tips. This article contains the necessary steps to avoid hackers, viruses & malware from your computer.

    Articles

    Free

    Dennis Schneider
    Written on December 1, 2017
    "I've grown paranoid about my computer getting a virus, and have been looking for resources on how to prevent hacking and computer bugs. This linked article contains some useful information about measures to keep my computer safe. My only complaint is that the page lists a bunch of anti-virus programs, but doesn't help me choose between them. "
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    #9Windows Defender for Windows 10

    Windows Defender for Windows 10

    The Microsoft Security Essentials are exactly that: the essential protection you need to install on your Windows operative system. Windows Defender for Windows 10 is the first option you should try if you want to protect your computer. 

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Howard Garcia
    Written on December 12, 2017
    "Windows Defender 10 is a protection solution from Microsoft for your personal computer. It comes with Microsoft Windows 10 for free and is constantly working to protect you. You don't even notice that it's running in the background."
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    #10[TUTORIAL] 11 easy tips to secure your Mac against hackers

    [TUTORIAL] 11 easy tips to secure your Mac against hackers

    HACKREAD is a News Platform that centers on InfoSec, Cyber Crime, Privacy, Surveillance and Hacking News with full-scale reviews on Social Media Platforms & Technology trends. This article provides some tips to make your Mac a bit more secure.

    Articles

    Free

    Hannah Lynch
    Written on December 9, 2017
    "I wanted the best tools to protect personal information. I found 11 easy tips to secure your Mac against hackers. It gave some quick methods on how to prevent such a thing."
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    #11NordVPN

    NordVPN

    NordVPN provides a stable connection which is available to all devices. It can check your bank balance, provides safe online shopping, and more at public hotspots for Windows, Mac, iOS and more. 

    Software

    Windows, Mac, iOS, Android

    Varies by plan

    Vivaan Venkatesan
    Written on December 12, 2017
    "In a day and age where personal information is very easy to get, this tool is perfect for those looking to set up privacy. They make VPN's, a normally difficult thing to set up, easy for everyone to use."
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    #12[TUTORIAL] Computer Security Basics

    [TUTORIAL] Computer Security Basics

    Eli, the Computer Guy is YouTube channel that creates videos explaining technical topics such as computing, security, and programming to viewers in a concise and easier to understand way. In this video, he explains some basic computer security.

    Videos

    Free

    Ivy Dong
    Written on December 13, 2017
    "This video includes a lot of really useful information. It is definitely an introduction for beginners, so look elsewhere if you already have knowledge of basic online protections. Eli, The Computer Guy presents the information very clearly and I found this video super helpful!"
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    #13[TUTORIAL] 10 best anti-hacking software to protect your Windows 10 run PC from hackers

    [TUTORIAL] 10 best anti-hacking software to protect your Windows 10 run PC from hackers

    This article brings to you the best anti-hacking software that one can use in Windows 10. These tips help you protect your PC better and make it difficult if not impossible for hackers to access your computer.

    Articles

    Free

    Pari Jain
    Written on December 6, 2017
    "I needed the best tool to protect my personal information on my computer using Windows 10. I found out about the article 10 Best Anti-Hacking Software to Protect Your Windows 10 Run PC From Hackers. This article is very informative. It tells you the best anti-hacking software you can use for Windows 10 so you don't have to worry about your files getting hacked. It lists all the different programs, some paid and some free. I found just what I needed. Highly recommended."
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    #14IPVanish

    IPVanish

    IPVanish is a VPN service based in the United States. It allows users to appear in one of more than 60 different countries. It also provides end-to-end network encryption.

    Software

    Windows, Mac, iOS, Android

    Varies by plan

    Christine Hoffman
    Written on December 13, 2017
    "Finally a VPN worth using. This VPN has some serious tools to protect your IP. I have not found this many features and options with other competitors."
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    #15Avast Antivirus

    Avast Antivirus

    Avast Antivirus is a malware and virus protection software with on-the-cloud scanning processes. It alerts users when spyware or adware-infected apps pose a threat to their devices.

    Software

    Windows, Mac, Android

    Free- Varies by plan

    Lorena Rivas
    Written on December 7, 2017
    "The free features are okay. Seems a little overpriced."
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    #16AirVPN

    AirVPN

    AirVPN is a fast and secure virtual private network (VPN) service based on OpenVPN and operated by activists and hacktivists in defense of net neutrality, privacy and against censorship. 

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    $8.3- per month

    Peter Zhu
    Written on December 12, 2017
    "there are better options but this is okay"
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    #17Spybot - Search & Destroy

    Spybot - Search & Destroy
    Spybot - Search & Destroy is an antivirus protection software developed by Spybot. It protects your pcs against harmful viruses and malware, such as trojan.
    Software

    Windows

    $15.99- Varies by plan

    Grace Thompson
    Written on December 13, 2017
    "If you need to keep your personal information secured and you want to make sure it stays private, this is one of the best programs you could get. It has everything you need."
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    #18Private Internet Access

    Private Internet Access

    Private Internet Access is a personal VPN service providers which allow you to encrypt your connection and provide you with an anonymous IP address to protect your privacy.

    Software

    Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Chrome, Firefox

    Varies by plan

    Barbara Stanley
    Written on December 7, 2017
    "Feature often use for a variety of reasons, some are better than others."
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    #19PureVPN

    PureVPN
    PureVPN is a virtual private network software for browsers created with ad-blocking capabilities, protection against trackers, shield against malware, and leak protection. It works on most platforms and browsers.
    Software

    Windows, Mac, Android, iOS

    Free- Varies by plan

    Israel Osorio
    Written on December 10, 2017
    "I love PureVPN!! It is great at protecting my personal information while I am on the internet. I feel so much more secure when I use it."
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    #20Turbo VPN

    Turbo VPN

    One of the best VPN apps for Android operative system. It's specially designed for Android, so it's way much recommended that other VPN services. Also, it's quite easy to use so you don't have to worry if you are not a geek or a tech expert. 

    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Ann Holland
    Written on December 6, 2017
    "Turbo VPN does what it's supposed to. It doesn't decrease my speed and keeps my information private. It's easy to use as well. "
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    #21Tor Browser

    Tor Browser

    Tor Browser is a free multiplatform web browser developed with privacy in mind. It lets users browse the internet anonymously and privately, reducing the risk of personal data breaches and hacks. It is available for Mac, Windows, and Linux.

    Software

    Windows, Mac, Linux

    Free

    Ajay Bhatnagar
    Written on December 14, 2017
    "I was not expecting to see something related to TOR when you said a tool to protect personal information. I was looking for a much more simplified browser or even a small app that generate your passwords. I would not even try to download the Tor Browser simply because of its name. "
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    #22Video Watermark Removal Tool

    Video Watermark Removal Tool

    Video Watermark Removal Tool from Gilisoft, allows you to remove watermarks from video files. With this tool you can get rid of logos, subtitles, signatures, and you can do it individually or in batch. You can also use it to add watermarks to your videos.

    Software

    Windows

    $39.95

    yin jing
    Written on March 12, 2018
    "it's effect is the best and very easy to use!"
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    #23Buffered VPN

    Buffered VPN

    Buffered VPN is a VPN service which redirects online traffic from anywhere around the world, as well as keeping the origin of the traffic hidden. This service protects your browsing sessions from ISPs and hackers and public Wi-fi channels.

    Software

    Windows, Mac, Android

    Varies by plan

    Kyle Schneider
    Written on July 22, 2019
    "I love having a VPN, mostly to drill into my media center at home. Buffered does a great job with that, though it's a bit of a pain setting up a custom VPN on my router. This is not Buffered's fault though. They put together a really nice app that connects right away to my media, so I love it."

Summary

Best What are the best tools to protect personal information
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Internet Security: Online Protection From Computer HackingBooks 57 Paid
2AVG AntiVirus Software 55 Free
3ExpressVPNSoftware 51 Free
4Hotspot ShieldSoftware 44 Free
5Bitdefender Security & AntivirusSoftware 43 Free
6Keeping Your Computer HealthyBooks 40 Paid
7McAfee Total ProtectionSoftware 35 Free
8[TUTORIAL] How to Protect Your Computer from Hackers, Spyware and VirusesArticles 33 Free
9Windows Defender for Windows 10Software 32 Free
10[TUTORIAL] 11 easy tips to secure your Mac against hackersArticles 30 Free
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