3.7. Security software

Any connected device may be a gateway for a security threat. The best way to secure a device, especially one connected to the internet, is to use proper and up to date security software, usually known as antivirus. 

Extra layer of personal data security and both to the information transferred over the internet or the device itself may be provided by a special set of tools called VPNs, which stand for Virtual Private Network. 

When browsing or especially making financial transactions while being connected to unsecure WiFi, people may expose themselves and their sensitive data to a security threat. 

Antivirus tools and services usually provide a set of tools that are monitoring the internet traffic, scanning the files and trying to reveal potential security threats even of unknown viruses. Such tools would help to avoid malvertising, block potentially harmful websites and use other solutions to secure the user’s device and information. 

VPNs tools help to connect to the internet via a secured remote server, which hides the users’ original IP address allowing the users to encrypt their traffic and disguise their online identity. This way anonymity and security is increased while browsing using public WiFi hot-spots or other unsecure network connections. 

Some antivirus software may provide a VPN service as well.

Most commonly used antivirus software:

  1. Avira
  2. Avats
  3. McAfee
  4. ESET
  5. Bitdefender
  6. AVG
  7. Kaspersky
  8. Microsoft security essentials
  9. Norton

Most commonly used VPN tools:

  1. Nord VPN
  2. Express VPN
  3. Surfshark
  4. Tunnelbear

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