Switch to a different OS than Microsoft Windows. Then run security software on top of that. Firewall, AM and VPN. That will be as secure as you can get without jumping through a flaming hoop. There are two paths. Macs cost more money, and Linux demands more of your time.
- And neither Mac nor Linux are immune to malware. Neither is UNIX or any of its derivatives. Malware is independent of the operating system – the only difference is the target base size means the amount of malware is more or less. (The fact Apple’s Gatekeeper has been circumvented by malware says it all.)
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Best is subjective but your best bet (of what you should consider and do, not best AV) would be to look into the AV tests out there (short on time but some have been written about on the main site and I know there are references to it on the forum – because I referred to one already in another thread). I also hear good things about Malware Bytes (unsure if there is supposed to be a space between the two but it should hopefully give you enough information). I believe it is to be used on demand alongside of anti-virus software. You should also consider system load with the AV running: convenience and security do not mix well so it is a matter of finding the right balance for the users (you for example); too strict can lead to trying to find workarounds but too lenient is also a security risk. ESET (AV/etc + firewall as well as just AV) is fairly light on resources but I don’t know about others these days (and as they say, your mileage might vary).
In the end, you need a layered set up (which means AV is only part of the battle) so consider all of these things together. You also need to keep your software – system and application – current (i.e. security flaws patched). Constantly learning and being careful (and aware) should not be underestimated, either.
Hope that helps.
It`s a great to question! The measures of security is something you can choose by yourself. But sometimes you need some piece of advice about this. You can always go to the websites of antivirus software but they will always say that their product is the best on the market. You may need advice of your friends who are not reliable in this questionm or you may post your issue on forums to get answer, another story is dedicated sites like http://bestadvisor.com/main-review/best_antivirus_software where you may find a complete study and compare analysis of best market players. Why is that sio important because the issue about security is gravely important for PC and for laptop or any other device.
Not immune by any means. The target base size (meaning that there are way fewer macs on the planet, only a couple of percent as many) means that the number of threats are less. That is the only protection that the mac really has. How many less threats, exactly. It is safe to say that for every threat aimed at the mac user base, that tens of thousands of times as many are lobbed at the windows base. (a ratio well out of proportion to the ratio between the two platforms.) I also said to run security software on top of that. All of the things one can run on a windows machine (av, firewall, vpn, whitelisting, etc) are available for the mac. (this all goes for a linux machine as well) add it up and that is the path where you will be the most well protected. Well, you could actually do better than that, and do what the real insiders of this industry do:
Create a VMWare installation on a system with multiple os installations under it. Use an installation only for a certain session then kill it (delete it and wipe it clean, starting with a clean install) Never keep an os install beyond a particular online session.
On top of that, kill your email account and start from scratch with a new one. Never use any social networking of any kind. Never browse the web. Never open any email. Never put any personal information of any kind online anywhere. Neither bank online nor shop online. Never pay a bill online. Shop in person and pay only cash. Get a false id and live in a cave.
Most of this is facetious. I am playing with you, here. I am dead serious about the mac—when I attend a meeting of security hot shots, and I do, every single one of them is running a mac. I kid you not.
The age we live in is fraught with peril. We are facing threats to our security and our privacy such as have never been faced by human beings before. When your privacy is gone, you can forget about your civil rights. It’s not quite evident, yet, but we are galloping headfirst into a Philip K Dick dystopia. I had better go before I strangle another metaphor.
I did not like downloading any security tools before. And the consequence was…I get hacked by malware. I have asked many computer experts before and check if I really need security tool if I do not download anything from the internet often, and all the answers are “yes”.
I recommend you to check a really good inforgraphic here:
And I think it is good.
Good security tool provide powerful firewall for security. Use a firewall to block all incoming connections from the Internet to services that should not be publicly available. By default, you should deny all incoming connections and only allow services you explicitly want to offer to the outside world.
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