Keeping computers sniffle free with antivirus software

Here on the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) portal, we're always pleased to hear from different stakeholders on how they contribute to a better and safer internet for children and young people in their own areas of work and activities.

We were recently contacted by Consumer Affairs, a website dedicated to providing expert resources and verified reviews to help you make smarter buying decisions. Consumer Affairs have created a step-by-step guide on how to select antivirus software, which can be one of a variety of approaches used to help keep family technology safe and secure.

Antivirus software is used to detect, prevent and remove viruses and spyware, stop hacking and phishing attacks and protect consumers from identity theft. This software is essential to prevent loss of data and personal information and to keep computers and mobile devices running effectively. Most antivirus software now runs on PC, Mac and Android and iOS mobile devices and may include a firewall to prevent access to computers and networks. Parental monitoring options keep minors protected by limiting access to selected websites.

This guide outlines the different types of features consumers should look for when considering antivirus software, such as security services, warranty, pricing and support, along with the different features needed for business versus personal use. The guide also considers the different types of software, whether you are looking for something for a PC or Mac, or indeed a cloud-based solution or one that keeps mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets free from malicious code. Consumer reviews of many of the products available on the market further complete the resource.

Access the full antivirus software guide on the Consumer Affairs website.

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