What are the best ways to prevent people from hacking me?

asked by Mohan Balaji
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    Free Trial

    #1McAfee 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

    Mark Taylor
    Written on November 22, 2017
    "I've been a fan of McAfee product line for a long time now, and they never let me down. Great anti-malware software for all of your devices."
  2. 50

    #2Internet 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.

    Books

    Check price

    Muhammad Chauhan
    Written on November 19, 2017
    "This a good place to get some baseline knowledge. If you don't know this stuff it is a great starting place."
  3. 49

    #3Panda Free Antivirus

    Panda Free Antivirus

    Panda Antivirus is a light, easy and trusted security tool with real-time threatens updates. This free antivirus software is compatible with Windows OS. 

    Software

    Windows

    Free- Varies by plan

    Andrea Delgado
    Written on November 27, 2017
    "This is a great help for you to be notified of anybody trying to hack you or catch a virus. It is safe and very easy to use I love that it is a great security app."
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    #4AMC Security - Antivirus and Boost

    AMC Security - Antivirus and Boost
    AMC security is a android antivirus and security app that will make your android device safer, faster and cleaner thanks to its complete features.
    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Edward Banks
    Written on November 20, 2017
    "I recently bought a brand new phone and l started looking around for the best security for my phone because l didn't want to fall victim twice to scammers and hackers who hacked my previous phone and got hold of useful information from my phone. A friend of mine who is using AMC Security told me about it and l decided to give it a try. I must say that it's the best security for all phones and tablets. I will surely recommend it to all my friends."
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    #5Baidu Antivirus

    Baidu Antivirus
    Baidu is a free antivirus for Windows including an offline installer and a security suite.
    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Juan Antonio Sotelo
    Written on November 28, 2017
    "I was looking for a good way to prevent people from hacking me and I came across Baidu Antivirus. This is a free service, which I like, and it has ice inclusive security suite. It also has additional apps which can be helpful. The service looks solid and I could highly recommend this to people to protect themselves from hackers. "
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    #6AVG Antivirus

    AVG Antivirus
    Complete, quick and efficient, AVG is a security tool with plenty of features and a friendly interface.
    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Juan Dean
    Written on November 30, 2017
    "I am paranoid about getting hacked. I use programs to protect me with Windows 10. A PC expert I know told me AVG Antivirus is one of the best and I should download it. I did and it seems to be doing a good job and not using much ram. It is not annoying like other programs I have used."
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    #7Avira Free Antivirus

    Avira Free Antivirus
    Avira is an anti-virus software for Windows and Mac computers which features real-time protection against various malware, spyware, and adware, as well as blocking known threats and repairing damaged files.
    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Joseph Estrada
    Written on November 20, 2017
    "Avira free antivirus has been around for a long time. It is a proven program and is used worldwide. Get yourself some proven protection."
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    #8Microsoft Security Essentials

    Microsoft Security Essentials
    Microsoft Security Essential is a basic standalone free antivirus for Windows.
    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Joan Cox
    Written on November 30, 2017
    "Microsoft Essentials is one of the best security products on the market. It has saved me numerous times from being attacked by hackers. It is easy to install and even easier to use on a daily basis."
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    #9Malwarebytes

    Malwarebytes

    MalwareBytes is an anti-malware and virus cleaner software that detects and blocks malicious scams and suspicious sites that threaten to destabilize a user's security. The app blocks scams like phishing as well as ransomware.

    Software

    Windows, Mac, Android, iOS

    Varies by plan

    Deborah Snyder
    Written on November 20, 2017
    "Actually, my computer is not infected right now (i think so) i just want an antivirus which i can update offline, because i will not connect it to the internet, but sometimes i will conect my phone to it which is connected to the internet."
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    #10Avast 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

    Anthony Carroll
    Written on November 22, 2017
    "Awesome antivirus! I love it. I've never had a problem with it. I also love the warnings that pop up when it detects a virus on a website. It feels like I'm in a secret laboratory and the horn blares. "BEEP BEEP BEEP! We have detected a virus!" It's like a scene out of a cold war movie and I'm General Internet Browser."
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    #11Kaspersky Anti-Virus

    Kaspersky Anti-Virus

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

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    $59.99

    Nicholas Sanchez
    Written on November 27, 2017
    "I work from home on my computer and sometimes have to research on sites that may be questionable as far as security goes. I have found that Kaspersky Anti-Virus protects my computer and allows me to do what I need to do without worry about losing important and valuable work. The cost invested into the security is well worth the investment."
  9. 30

    #12Sophos

    Sophos

    Sophos is an antivirus and web filter software available both on Windows and Mac. It exposes and blocks suspicious threats and potentially harmful risks.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    $60- Free trial available

    Phillip Powell
    Written on November 30, 2017
    "Yet another antimalware program with a lot of high ratings. The software doesn't address 'hacking' at all, for that you need a full security suite including a firewall and intrustion detection. The stock MS system works pretty well, don't waste your effot on 3rd party apps these days."
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    #13Antivirus & Mobile Security

    Antivirus & Mobile Security
    Antivirus & Mobile Security scans both the system and pre-installed and user-installed apps to keep the device safe. It also helps the user to get rid of the aggressive ads on the sites he visits.
    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Rebecca Carter
    Written on November 22, 2017
    "I am very pleased with the Antivirus & Mobile Security app. It has found risky ads and apps and made me feel a lot more secure using my device. If you're looking for an app to help alert you to malicious content and keep your device secure from potential hacking, I would recommend this one!"
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    #14Bitdefender 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

    Howard Pearson
    Written on November 22, 2017
    "I gave Bitdefender a try, but I wasn't really impressed. It works okay, but the inability to schedule scans and the generally slow performance of the program made it unusable for me."
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    #15AVL Pro Antivirus & Security

    AVL Pro Antivirus & Security
    AVL Pro is a heavily armed security framework based on the AVL engine. It acts like a radar with microscope which gives you an insight of the security details and tries to help you become an expert of your own. You can use it to identify the security threats among your looks-good apps, and also you can act like a mobile malware analyst to catch the bad guys.
    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Xiang Gong
    Written on November 19, 2017
    "Great new antivirus which HELPS me keep my computer and mobile device safe!"
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    #16[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

    Juan Lewis
    Written on November 17, 2017
    "Great advice, makes me feel a lot safer. I only wish I had this information sooner."
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    #17ESET Mobile Secuirty and Antivirus

    ESET Mobile Secuirty and Antivirus

    With ESET's security app you'll get solid malware protection. The interface feels outdated but if you don't mind this, the app is very useful

    Apps

    Android

    Free- Includes micropayments

    Aaron Day
    Written on November 22, 2017
    "This app has a very neat feature that lets you retrieve your phone if its ever lost or stolen! It takes pics after you lose it that helps you track it down and even send a message to whomever might have found it to kindly return your phone!"
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    #18AVG 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

    Kevin Carlson
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "This software works great on my PC, so I thought I would try the mobile version. So far, it has been good. It blocked some of the ads that hijacked my browser. "
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    #19Norton Security and Antivirus

    Norton Security and Antivirus

    Norton Security & Antivirus is a security app for Android devices. This tracking app offers you security in order to avoid malware. Also, it offers services if you have lost your phone.    

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Brittany Ford
    Written on November 17, 2017
    "Norton Mobile now offers all of their security in your mobile devices, just download it and be protected. No ads, or anything to slow down your phone or tablet. Great protection against viruses and malware. As an added feature, it can also help you with a lost phone. "
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    #20Lookout Security & Antivirus

    Lookout Security & Antivirus

    Lookout Security & Antivirus is a safety solution for mobile phones that helps users increase their security with its antivirus, wifi security connection, breach report, and many other features. It can also help users locate their phone.

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Parakram Chatterjee
    Written on November 27, 2017
    "The app seems to be great for many users. However, some of the bad reviews were results of technical issues with the app. There should be someone to address the negative reviews. "
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    #21360 Security

    360 Security
    This security and antivirus app will make sure your phone stays free of malware, adware and anything you don't want in your phone. It also features applocks, private browsing and many other features to keep you safe while surfing the internet. 



    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Mark Foster
    Written on November 19, 2017
    "This app could be good, but unfortunately it is anything but that. There are many pop-ups which defeat the entire purpose of having the security, when such advertisements could be leading to a virus itself. It's not worth using in the slightest; find something else."
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    #22CM Security AppLock

    CM Security AppLock

    Security Master is an Antivirus, AppLock, and Booster all-in-one app for Android, developed by Cheetah Mobile. The app offers 24/7 real-time protection as well as improve performance for mobile phones. It can also secure VPN connection.

    Apps

    Android

    Free- Includes micropayments

    Joyce Johnston
    Written on November 30, 2017
    "For a free app, this is a great choice for the security of your phone. It's easy to understand, looks great, and fast to to get started. You don't need to be an expert to feel secure."
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    #23Kaspersky Antivirus and Security

    Kaspersky Antivirus and Security

    A basic but worthwhile app. If you don't have time to configure complex features, the Kaspersky app it's all you need to protect your phone. 

    Apps

    Android

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Nathan Fox
    Written on November 27, 2017
    "I worry a lot about people getting into my computer so one of the main ways is to use a good antivirus. Kaspersky is really good and their programs always work. I would highly recommend this. "
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    #24[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

    Nicholas Smith
    Written on November 21, 2017
    "I would use that source for finding a good computer protection software. It made good recommendations and didn't appear to be overwhelmed with advertising. Ultimately, one must take personal responsibility for protection from hackers, so self-defense requires diligence."
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    #25Adaware

    Adaware

    Adaware offers security and privacy solutions like antivirus, anti-spyware, anti-malware, and ad-blocking tools. They were formerly known as Lavasoft.  

    Software

    Windows

    Free- $48

    Julia Córdova
    Written on November 24, 2017
    "Not only will you receive a great antivirus protection, but there is adaware protection as well. This is worth checking out, and there is a free version available, so you can try it for free and upgrade to the full package at a later time. Very low risk product with a lot of ability to save your computer!"
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    #26VeraCrypt

    VeraCrypt

    VeraCrypt is a free disk encryption software based on TrueCrypt 7.1a. It gives you an extra layer of security to protect yourself from hackers, malware, spyware, and other dangers you might encounter online.

    Software

    Windows, Mac, Linux

    Free

    Linda Rios
    Written on November 28, 2017
    "It looks like this would be a good product, there are lots of updates on the website. It is available on many different platforms and the cost is free. the website itself could be a little more user friendly, and there isn't much in the way of reviews on the product."
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    #27The Basics of Hacking and Penetration Testing

    The Basics of Hacking and Penetration Testing

    The Basics of Hacking and Penetration Testing is written by Patrick Engebretson which offers an extensive explanation of the basics of hacking and penetration testing for those who want to learn ethical hacking. 

    Books

    Check price

    Kathleen Young
    Written on November 19, 2017
    "In my field (IT), this topic is very relevant and interesting to me and this book gives a great explanation on hacking and pen testing. It's quite a complete book at almost 200 pages and has a large section on social engineering, which is, let's face it, the biggest risk. Highly recommend taking a look at this!"
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    #28[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

    Ankita Sengupta
    Written on November 17, 2017
    "This is a great article for me. I was recently hacked! The hacker was posting things in my name on forums, and trying to access various other accounts that I had. I was always worried about this happening, and when it did, I panicked. Luckily, I found TechWorm and my problem was solved. I chose what I wanted from this very detailed list, and now I am confident that my computer is safe. "

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Best What are the best ways to prevent people from hacking me
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1McAfee Total ProtectionSoftware 61 Free
2Internet Security: Online Protection From Computer HackingBooks 50 Paid
3Panda Free AntivirusSoftware 49 Free
4AMC Security - Antivirus and BoostApps 43 Free
5Baidu AntivirusSoftware 40 Free
6AVG AntivirusSoftware 40 Free
7Avira Free AntivirusSoftware 39 Free
8Microsoft Security EssentialsSoftware 38 Free
9MalwarebytesSoftware 35 Free
10Avast AntivirusSoftware 35 Free
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