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salem

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Posted: 01/14/21 09:40pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

HP has terminated their agreement with Norton to provide free protection for HP users. Would you suggest renewing the subscription or use one of the free downloads. If the free ones, which ones? Thanks FWIW, I've been trouble free with Norton.

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Posted: 01/14/21 09:59pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

the problem with any and all security products is...you don't know what you don't know. if your security suite doesn't know what to look for it won't detect it. so saying you've been trouble free using product x is inaccurate.

your best ways to stay safe are...

- practice safe internet usage. don't click on links from unknown or unexpected links.
- stay off of "those" websites
- make passwords unique and change them often
- if you use security software..and i do..use a layered defense. that means regular or automatic scanning with more than one product.
- update your products frequently. i have mine set to update automatically.


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I don't understand how third party "security" software is still releveant. For the last 10+ years myself and everyone I know has been using the free/included offerings from MS/Windows (Defender or whatever they are calling it currently). It updates regularly with Windows updates and I haven't had a virus or other problems in longer than I can remember.

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Go Mac and don't look back.

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I just switched to the free MS software, MSE Microsoft Security Essentials. I haven't had any problems. I also practice elementary security: don't click on unknown links, don't open mystery email and so on.

I actually gave up on Norton 10 or 15 years ago. It became bloatware and notoriously slowed your computer. The prices kept going up on other products, some of them seem to be linked to foreign hostile governments, and I finally listened to people saying: Use MSE


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Posted: 01/15/21 07:59am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Another vote MSE. Microsoft Security Essentials = Free. Third party windows security is history.


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Microsoft Security Essentials: I'll look them up. Thanks all.

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Just a note: I rarely use my Windows Surface but still keep it current with all updates especially the built in security. Have switched almost exclusively to IOS based products. Regardless, the best security system is you and what you click on, reply to, download. One of the things a do is never open unsolicited email, even if it appears to be from someone or entity you do business with. Always validate the sender email address.


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I also use the free built-in MS Defender in WIN 10, which is now among the top rated AV software. Was not always the case in the past. I'd also recommend installing separate on-demand scanning software for secondary checks. You also need to promptly keep your OS, browsers, and apps updated with latest security updates as AV software won't necessarily protect you against these vulnerabilities. A layered approach to security is always advisable.

I'd don't pay for AV software, as many of the top rated security apps have have had instances of serious vulnerabilities. This can be a problem, as AV software require elevated privileges to run on your system, which can allow a hacker exploiting a vulnerability to act as an admin, and potentially remote access, install malware, or keyloggers on your system.

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Sorry, but this sounds very hopeless

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