Computers are vital to everyday life, and security is vital to computers. Without adequate security, ordinary internet browsing could lead to all sorts of problems. A virus could be expensive to repair or even render your computer useless. Alternatively, it may lurk secretly on your hard drive and steal your personal details, including bank information. Security suites provide a simple solution, but they are distributed on an annual licence requiring you to pay again every year. However, there are ways to keep this cost down or even eliminate it entirely.
Don’t Fall for Renewal “Deals”
When your security suite’s licence is running out, you will no doubt start getting popup messages asking you to renew in a few easy clicks. They might even claim to be offering you a “deal” or “special offer” if you renew your subscription now. But however tempting it might look, don’t fall for it. These deals rely on you taking the prompt for easy renewal and not bothering to look elsewhere. Often, even the special offers on renewal will be more expensive than just buying a disc for the latest version and using the licence that comes with that.
Install a Free Antivirus
It is even possible to protect your computer for free. Several companies offer completely free antivirus programs for personal use. Many people are reluctant to trust something as important as computer protection to a free program, but there is really no need to be concerned. They come from legitimate companies which make money from selling business licences or packages that include other software alongside the antivirus. In major independent tests, the most popular free antiviruses such as Avast and AVG consistently equal or even outperform their paid-for counterparts. Perhaps not surprisingly, during installation the free program will ask if you want to upgrade to this full, paid security suite with the extra packages. However, this is not really necessary, and you can safely stick with the free version.
Install a Free Firewall
When those free antiviruses invite you to upgrade to paid security suites, they are only really offering one extra piece of security software you will need. This is a firewall, but rather than upgrade and pay a licence fee there are plenty of free firewalls available elsewhere that you can install separately. Like the free antiviruses, these are perfectly capable of replacing their paid counterparts. Some of the best and most popular are Comodo and Zonealarm. Windows does already have a free firewall built in. This is not as good as many of the alternatives, but if you want to keep things simple then it is adequate for most everyday computer users.