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5 security resolutions for 2019 you need to implement right now

Most of us will usually start the New Year with some resolutions. You promise to yourself to that you will drink less, eat better, exercise more and perhaps start saving a little bit of money towards a well-deserved holiday.Few of us, however, put data security at the top of our New Year resolutions – but…


Most of us will usually start the New Year with some resolutions. You promise to yourself to that you will drink less, eat better, exercise more and perhaps start saving a little bit of money towards a well-deserved holiday.

Few of us, however, put data security at the top of our New Year resolutions – but prevention is better than cure, especially since ensuring the devices in your household are secure could save you time, money and a lot of grief.

It can be done easily and quickly simply by following our checklist, so here’s all you need to know to stay safe.

1. Make sure you have security solutions on all your devices

Having a security solution in this day and age is no longer enough to keep hackers and cybercriminals out. You’ll need to make sure that you have a security solution on all of your devices and ensure that the security suite runs scans regularly. On top of all that though, don’t forget to install the latest version of your security solution which not only contains updated features but also usually runs faster and can tackle the latest online threats.

(Tip: Rather than buying one antivirus per device,

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D-Link’s D-Fend AC2600 router uses McAfee to protect your entire network

With the internet now an essential part of most people’s daily lives, the router that’s at the heart of every home’s connectivity has become increasingly important. And while we all reap the benefits of that access, it’s often easy to overlook the aspects that could negatively affect your family and home if left unmonitored and…


With the internet now an essential part of most people’s daily lives, the router that’s at the heart of every home’s connectivity has become increasingly important. And while we all reap the benefits of that access, it’s often easy to overlook the aspects that could negatively affect your family and home if left unmonitored and unprotected. 

With threats like malicious attacks (such as malware, botware, cryptojacking and more) and content or activities that are particularly unsafe for children (not to mention rising problems such as screen and video game addiction), router-makers have started to integrate more sophisticated tools to let households deal with these issues. 

D-Link is the latest to turn its attention towards better home-network protection and has teamed up with the antivirus

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Best antivirus rescue disk

Best antivirus rescue disks1. Bitdefender Rescue2. Kaspersky Rescue Disk3. Trend Micro Rescue Disk4. AVG Rescue 5. ESET SysRescue Live Read on for our detailed analysis of each tool  No antivirus can guarantee to protect you against malware. There’s always a chance that some dangerous new threat will bypass any defenses and infect your PC, and if that…


Best antivirus rescue disks

1. Bitdefender Rescue

2. Kaspersky Rescue Disk

3. Trend Micro Rescue Disk

4. AVG Rescue 

5. ESET SysRescue Live 

Read on for our detailed analysis of each tool 

No antivirus can guarantee to protect you against malware. There’s always a chance that some dangerous new threat will bypass any defenses and infect your PC, and if that happens, it can be very difficult to remove.

Most antivirus products have a bootable rescue disk to help you eliminate these more stubborn threats. Install this to a CD or USB key, boot from it instead, and it’s much more difficult for malware to avoid detection.

Even if your own antivirus vendor’s rescue disk fails, you can just download and try someone else’s. Most are no-strings free, and can be downloaded and used without ‘creating an account’ or otherwise handing over any personal details. Keep reading and we’ll point you to some of the best antivirus rescue disks around.

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Here are the best antivirus rescue disks

Bitdefender

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1. Bitdefender Rescue

Top-notch assistance from an antivirus veteran

Accurate engine
Graphical interface
Built-in file manager
Minimal scanning options

If your PC has been infected and your antivirus can’t help, you need some urgent assistance, and there’s no better choice than Bitdefender. The company’s accurate engine regularly comes top of the list in protection testing, and it does a great job of removing all kinds of threats.

Bitdefender’s website has a lot of details on its website explaining how you can download and set up its ISO file, ensuring even security beginners will be able to install it to a CD or USB key.

The rescue disk has a great-looking graphical interface and it’s very easy to use; just boot, and it launches a scan automatically.

The down side to this simplicity is you don’t get any fine-tuned control over what to scan, or how to do it. But how much this matters with a scan you might run only once, is open to question. Being thorough and checking everything is often the best approach.

If the first scan doesn’t help, you’re not left alone. The rescue disk’s Xfce Desktop Environment gives you Firefox, a File Manager, and a stack of other tools to help you understand and solve your PC problems.

  • You can download Bitdefender’s rescue disk here

Kaspersky Rescue Disk

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2. Kaspersky Rescue Disk

A single-click rescue disk with plenty of options

Reliable malware removal
Graphical interface
Feature-packed desktop
Few configuration options

Kaspersky Rescue Disk is a professional product which includes plenty of extras, but is also easy to use.

A boot menu enables deciding whether to boot into full or limited graphics modes, for instance. The simple scanner can be launched with a single click. But you can choose to scan only specific folders, which should improve speeds. You’re able to view and even restore quarantined objects. And the Xfce desktop powering the disk includes Firefox, Thumar File Manager, and a bunch of other useful tools.

You’re unlikely to need anything more than Kaspersky’s main scanner, though, because it’s one of the best around. Don’t take our word for it: AV-Comparative’s February-October 2018 Malware Removal Test rated it the top product from a field of ten.

  • You can download Kaspersky’s rescue disk here

Trend Micro Rescue Disk

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3. Trend Micro Rescue Disk

A capable but no-frills rescue tool

Good detection rates
Easy to use
No graphical interface
Few features

While most antivirus vendors provide rescue disks in a plain ISO

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Here is what you need to know about free antivirus software

If you are using Windows 10, you will almost certainly already have a free antivirus courtesy of Microsoft. So why would you need to pay for one when you already have a security solution present? Well, here are some genuinely good reasons why you should opt for a paid antivirus application.No-go for businesses?In general, antivirus…


If you are using Windows 10, you will almost certainly already have a free antivirus courtesy of Microsoft. So why would you need to pay for one when you already have a security solution present? Well, here are some genuinely good reasons why you should opt for a paid antivirus application.

No-go for businesses?

In general, antivirus companies do not allow the use of free antivirus in a business, allowing only a strict personal, non-commercial home usage. Why? Some would argue that it’s because there is no reason to kill a lucrative market. However, what most companies need to ensure a solid level of protection goes past the ‘mere antivirus’ tool.

Layered defense technologies built on top of antivirus engines are a minimum of protection for businesses, and anti-malware vendors would rather not promote their basic technologies as a silver bullet for a company’s cybersecurity challenges.

Make sure you read the EULA (End User License Agreement) before completing the installation of any antivirus product, or your company might be in breach of the terms and conditions of use.

You simply get far more by paying

The old adage “you get what you pay for” is true for free software and antivirus in particular. Free antivirus provides just that – free protection against viruses and malware, and nothing more. They often use the same core engine as paid-for solutions, but are stripped of any additional but still important features.

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Best free security utilities from top antivirus companies

Think about free antivirus software, and what comes to mind first is probably the full-strength packages from companies like Avast and Avira. But the freebies don’t stop there.Vendors typically offer a range of other free packages that anyone can use. Standalone on-demand antivirus scanners, rescue discs, firewalls, password managers, parental controls, system cleaners, diagnostic tools…


Think about free antivirus software, and what comes to mind first is probably the full-strength packages from companies like Avast and Avira. But the freebies don’t stop there.

Vendors typically offer a range of other free packages that anyone can use. Standalone on-demand antivirus scanners, rescue discs, firewalls, password managers, parental controls, system cleaners, diagnostic tools and a whole lot more.

  • We’ve picked out the best antivirus software

Most of these apps can be used alongside other antivirus tools without conflict, and in many cases you don’t even need to hand over any personal information. We’ve compiled a list of some of the most interesting apps, and if you see anything that appeals, you can of course just download it and check it out for yourself.

  • Also check out our list of the best VPN providers

Avast Passwords

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Avast

Avast is well-known for its feature-packed Avast Free Antivirus, but the company also offers a range of free security and other apps.

Avast Passwords is a simple password manager which can collect your logins and automatically complete login forms, as well as entering credit card numbers when you’re shopping online.

Passwords is only available on Windows as a part of Avast Free Antivirus, but Android, iOS and Mac users can download and use a standalone app for free, and sync passwords between their devices. This can’t compete with the top password managers for features, but it does a decent job, and its app ratings (4.5 on Google Play and the App Store) suggest Avast is doing something right.

Avast Cleanup & Boost, Phone Cleaner, Optimizer is a one-stop system optimizer for Android. The free version clears junk files, controls resource-hungry apps, boosts battery life and can automatically identify and delete duplicate, similar, old and poor-quality photos. Well worth a look.

Avira Password Manager

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Avira

Avira Password Manager covers the password-handling basics, and throws in a few small extras: you can store notes as well as passwords, and the ability to add tags helps keep your logins organized.

Password Manager’s big plus is that it’s web-based. You can view and manage your passwords from a web dashboard (and even import passwords from other managers), and a combination of Android and iOS apps, and browser extensions for Chrome, Firefox and Opera, means you can use the service on almost any desktop or mobile device.

Avira Free Software Updater scans your PC for outdated software and drivers, and alerts you to any missing updates. The free version has a major catch in that it can’t automatically install the relevant updates – you must click a link to the official product page, then download each one manually – but it’s still useful to know when updates are available.

Avira’s other free tools include Browser Safety, Phantom VPN and its new Privacy Pal, and you’ll find those and other utilities on its Downloads page.

Bitdefender Box

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Bitdefender

Bitdefender Home Scanner is a handy Windows tool which detects all computers and smart devices connected to your network (including any intruders), scans them for vulnerabilities and suggests fixes.

The app is intended to be used alongside Bitdefender Box, the company’s smart hardware firewall, but it’s worth having all on its own.

Bitdefender TrafficLight is a Chrome, Firefox and Safari extension which uses a combination of techniques to block web dangers.

TrafficLight uses blacklists and real-time analysis to prevent access to phishing or malicious URLs, for instance. It identifies intrusive trackers, and highlights dangerous links in your search results to help you spot dubio

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