Do you need to pay for security?


Today I’m going to answer another question that I get asked all the time: Do I need to pay for anti-virus software on my computer?

A few years ago, I would have recommended any of free anti-virus programs as a solution for anyone that owned a Windows computer. And if you were a Mac owner, we all know that you can’t get a virus on a Mac, right?

In the year 2018, I have a completely different answer.  I would 100 percent recommend that both Windows and Mac users protect their computers with a paid security program. As I mentioned in a previous article, hackers, and scammers are getting smarter every day. No paid security is perfect, but at least they give you a fighting chance when it comes to protecting your computer.

If you’re a Windows user, you are probably very familiar with Norton or McAfee anti-virus programs.  They are usually pre-installed when you buy a new computer. There are two reasons I’m not a big fan of these two programs: They are expensive, and they will slow your computer down. At around $70 a year, they are both on the higher end of the security market. And once they are installed on your computer, they will slow your computer down to a snail’s crawl.

The one program I would recommend for both Windows and Mac users is called Webroot (www.webroot.com). 

They have three different levels of protection, and at $29.99 a year for up to the first three years, the basic plan would be more than enough for just about anyone. For a few more bucks, you can protect more devices.  The installation is super quick and easy too. Once you pay for their service, it will be up and running on your PC or Mac in about two minutes. Webroot will update and scan automatically, so you don’t have to do a thing. Plus, it will not slow down your computer. You won’t even know it’s running. It also installs a handy browser extension that will keep you away from any bad websites.  When it comes to protecting your computer, it’s the best bang for your buck.

Both of these sites work in the same way. They will scan your browser for hundreds of different tracking companies. After the scan, they will easily let you disable whatever companies they find. Both sites look the same, but they scan for different things, so make sure you run both.

Now that you know the tricks, it’s your job to prevent these companies from tracking you. Good luck, and happy surfing!

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