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Best antivirus software and apps in 2020: Keep your PCs, smartphones, and tablets safe - ZDNet

Best antivirus software and apps in 2020: Keep your PCs, smartphones, and tablets safe - ZDNet


Best antivirus software and apps in 2020: Keep your PCs, smartphones, and tablets safe - ZDNet

Posted: 06 Apr 2020 12:00 AM PDT

Modern operating systems do an outstanding job of protecting against malware and viruses. But the world of malicious software is a rapidly evolving one, and now random acts of destruction that were once the goal of viruses have been replaced with identity theft, phishing, ransomware, and intercepting internet traffic.

This fast-changing landscape is hard for OS makers to keep up with, as pushing patches for every malware attack -- especially those that aren't related to an underlying bug in the platform -- is not really feasible. This is where antivirus software -- which, these days, encompass much more than real-time protection against viruses and adds features such as password management, VPN, firewall, parental controls, internet security, and protection against identity theft -- comes into play.

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Kaspersky Total Security

There's a lot to like about Kaspersky Total Security. Right at the top of the list is its near-perfect malware detection score along with a negligible effect on system performance. Kaspersky Total Security sits in the background discreetly until you need its help.

Then there's the five-device license that you get with a yearly subscription that covers Windows, Mac, iPhone and iPad, and Android devices. This is a great benefit in that you don't need to spend extra money or go through a different learning curve on each platform.

Kaspersky Total Security is also fully-featured and comes with a huge range of features:

  • Blocks viruses, cryptolockers, and other threats
  • Protects payments
  • Secures passwords and images of personal documents
  • Encrypts data you send & receive online with a built-in VPN (200MB/day/device)
  • Stops webcam spies watching you in your home
  • Advanced parental controls
$49 at Kaspersky
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Bitdefender Total Security 2020 is a great package for people with a lot of devices to protect because a single license covers five devices, ranging from PCs and Macs, to iOS and Android devices. This offers great value for money and means less messing about with different solutions.

Bitdefender Total Security 2020 is also packed with features:

  • Unbeatable threat detection to stop sophisticated malware
  • Multi-layer ransomware protection to keep your files safe
  • Secure VPN for complete online privacy, 200MB/day/device
  • Advanced parental controls to keep your kids safe online
  • Minimal impact on your system performance
$44 at BitDefender
Norton 360 Deluxe

Norton 360 Deluxe is a one-size-fits-all package for those looking to protect up to five PCs, Macs, or iOS and Android devices for a year's subscription. 

Norton 360 Deluxe includes:

  • Multi-layered, advanced security helps protect against existing and emerging malware threats to your devices
  • Browse anonymously and securely with a no-log VPN
  • Dark Web monitoring that will notify users if personal information is discovered
  • Password manager
  • Parental controls
  • SafeCam webcam security

Norton 360 Deluxe also comes with 50GB of cloud storage for users, which is a great way to backup precious and irreplaceable files.

Oddly, Norton doesn't offer a file shredder, file encryption, or a secure web browser as part of Norton 360 Deluxe (or any of its offerings).

$49 at Norton
Kaspersky Free Antivirus

The perfect solution for someone looking for a lightweight and basic anti-malware package. Kaspersky Free Antivirus goes beyond just being a free antivirus package and now includes more advanced features, including:

  • Secure VPN
  • Password management
  • Personalized security alerts
  • Account check

Kaspersky Free Antivirus is compatible with Windows, iOS, and Android.

View Now at Kaspersky
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Built into Windows so there's nothing to download, Microsoft Windows Defender is free and offers real-time protection with no fuss, hassles, or subscriptions to renew.

Microsoft Windows Defender offers:

  • Realtime protection, as well as the ability to scan files and folders
  • Updates delivered via the cloud
  • Ransomware protection
  • Parental controls
View Now at Microsoft
Intego Mac Internet Security X9

This is a software build for Macs by a company that understands the platform.

The package includes VirusBarrier X9. It comes with real-time protection from malware, as well as a scanner, and the NetBarrier X9 firewall, which protects against network and internet intrusion. 

A license covers a single Mac.

For an extra $10, you can add Windows protection (either for a separate PC or a BootCamp installation). 

$39 at Intego
Avira Mobile Security for iOS

Protection for your iPhone that goes much further than malware.

Avira Mobile Security protects your phone:

  • VPN: Secure your connection with a simple push of a button for complete privacy as you surf
  • Web Protection: Blocks phishing, malware, spam, and fraud so you can browse freely and safely
  • Identity Safeguard: Find out if your email addresses have been hacked and schedule the frequency (once a day/week/month) to check whether they were leaked online in a security breach
  • Anti-Theft: Find, track, and recover your iPhone or iPad if it's lost or stolen, and lock apps to prevent unauthorized access, and remotely wipe your device
  • Call Blocker: Create your own blacklist and block spam and other unwanted calls and texts
  • Contacts Backup: Easily backup and restore contacts straight from your phone and send them to your email, Dropbox, or Google Drive
  • Network Scanner: Discover all devices connected to your Wi-Fi

Avira Mobile Security for iOS is free with in-app purchases.

View Now at Apple Store
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With more than 100 million installs, Avast Mobile Security and Antivirus provides much more than just antivirus protection. Other features include:

  • Antivirus Engine
  • App Lock
  • Anti-Theft
  • Photo Vault
  • VPN (virtual private network)
  • Power Save
  • Privacy Permissions
  • RAM Boost
  • Junk Cleaner
  • Web Shield
  • Wi-Fi Security
  • App Insights
  • Virus Cleaner
  • Wi-Fi Speed Test

Avast Antivirus for Android is free with in-app purchases.

View Now at Google Play Store

Which should you choose?

Choosing the right antivirus software package for you means knowing your needs. For many, a simple free package that handles the basics is fine, while others benefit from more in-depth protection.  

Packages such as Kaspersky Total Security, Bitdefender Total Security 2020, or Norton 360 Deluxe are great for those with multiple devices running different platforms, and who want a one-stop-shop that covers everything with a single license. These packages do much more than offer protection against malware, and add essential security features such as password managers, file shredders, ransomware protection, VPNs, parental controls, and much more.

Most of these security suite makers offer a free trial, and it might be a good idea to make use of this, so you can see whether the software fits in with your workflow. Some people can find the way that certain packages deliver security information annoying, while others want it to be noisy and informing them of everything that happens.

This also allows you to find out for yourself what the performance hit of running the software is like.

For Windows users who don't want to mess about with subscriptions or risk their protection running out at some point, I believe that Microsoft Windows Defender is the perfect solution.

Whatever you choose, I recommend that you download from a reputable source -- either the official website or an official download source such as Apple App Store or the Google Play Store. Shady third-party sites are a place to pick up malware from!

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A Scramble for Virus Apps That Do No Harm - Moneycontrol

Posted: 30 Apr 2020 01:18 AM PDT

Faced with a growing coronavirus threat, the governor of North Dakota last month posed a question to a friend from his private-sector days. The friend, a software engineer, had once created a location-tracking app for football fans at North Dakota State University who liked to meet up when traveling to big games.

"Can you track people for COVID?" asked the governor, Douglas Burgum. Within days, the engineer, Tim Brookins, had reworked the football app to do just that, he recalled in an interview. The app is now being used in North and South Dakota as part of statewide efforts to ramp up contact tracing for people infected with the coronavirus.

The new app is part of a worldwide scramble to deploy smartphone tools to rein in the pandemic. If the virus's path can be tracked, even predicted, the hope is that more people will be able to resume at least part of their normal routines — and fewer will need to confine themselves at home.

At their core, the apps are intended to gather information about the movements of people who have tested positive for the virus, alert others who might have crossed their paths and, in some cases, make sure infected people stay quarantined. They use smartphone technologies, such as GPS and Bluetooth, to collect and share the data, making them agile and easy to use but also providing an enticing target for hackers or government surveillance.

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Several dozen countries, states, universities and companies are racing to develop and begin using the digital tools, which public health experts said could improve person-to-person contact tracing but are not a panacea. The mad dash has left some places with a confusing mishmash of options and has some computer security researchers worried about vulnerabilities in hastily written software.

There is no evidence that the apps will be effective without widespread testing for the virus and without enormous numbers of voluntary participants, which could be hampered by years of privacy scandals involving both governments and companies.

Aware of the problems, Apple and Google announced this month they were creating software that public health authorities could use to make apps. The tool will allow different apps to work together and has the support of many privacy experts. But several technology law scholars expressed concern that even well-intentioned digital surveillance tools could become problematic and are difficult to withdraw.

"We've already learned what moving fast and breaking things can do to society," said Woodrow Hartzog, a professor of law and computer science at Northeastern University, referring to the negative consequences of a tech mindset that values speed and disruption above all else.

Only 25,000 people in North Dakota, about 3% of the population, have downloaded the state's app, which before last week was available only for iPhones. Last month, Singapore introduced a voluntary contact-tracing app, but only about 1.1 million people — 20% of the population — have downloaded it. Norway's app has caught on more quickly, with nearly 30% of residents signing up for it since it was released about a week and a half ago.

Still, a recent study by epidemiologists at Oxford University estimated that 60% of the population in a given area would need to use an automated app that traces contacts and notifies users of exposure, combined with other tactics such as broader testing and the quarantining of the most vulnerable people, for the app to contain the virus.

While some compliance is better than none, the researchers found, low rates of adoption in many areas suggest voluntary programs may not provide a breakthrough.

"With 10%, 20%, 30% uptake of the app, you get a progressive reduction in the size of the epidemic," said Christophe Fraser, an expert in infectious disease dynamics and control at the Big Data Institute at Oxford, who has advised Britain's National Health Service on an app it is developing.

Despite the uncertainty, some health experts say the virus spreads so quickly and stealthily that there is an urgent need for new mechanisms to combat it. Even with partial participation, for example, the apps can allow traditional contact tracing to focus on people without phones, who are often poorer, older and more vulnerable. Only about half of Americans ages 65 and over have a smartphone.

"Automated contact tracing is a big idea, an ambitious idea," said Dr. Louise Ivers, the executive director of the Center for Global Health at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, who has been working with a team at MIT to develop contact-tracing technology. "But it's important to be ambitious right now."

On the Trail of the Pandemic

The proliferation of coronavirus apps has trailed the spread of the pandemic around the globe. Often, the differences among apps are technical ones but can create vast differences in their security, privacy and effectiveness.

In February, China began requiring residents in more than 200 cities to download a health code app that automatically dictates whether people must quarantine. Location data is sent to the government from the phones, but it is unclear how the quarantine decisions are made.

By contrast, Singapore's app uses Bluetooth rather than location data to identify nearby phones, and the information is stored on the phones unless a person tests positive for the virus and agrees to share the data with contact tracers, who can then notify others who may have been exposed.

In Norway, the app sends data from the phone's GPS and Bluetooth to central servers that can be accessed by government health authorities. A new law mandates that the information be used only for the pandemic and that it be deleted every 30 days.

Tora Sanden Doskeland, a graduate student in Norway, said she had downloaded the app despite her concerns about governments and corporations that collect data on people.

"I'm not an expert in this disease or technology or law, but I trust people who are, and I believe the government is relying on them when it tells us to make this choice," she said. "There are pros and cons, but we need to do something together."

North Dakota's app, Care19, uses Wi-Fi, cell towers and GPS to gauge people's locations, usually within about 175 feet, making it much less accurate than Bluetooth-based apps. This means it is now useful only to help patients tell contact tracers where they were while they were contagious.

An analysis by The New York Times confirmed that the app sends people's location data to a private server hosted on Microsoft's cloud platform. Brookins, the developer, said that only he and one other person had access to the server and that health officials could get the data only of people who tested positive for the coronavirus and then agreed to share it.

India, which, like the United States, is relying on a combination of state and federal efforts to tackle the pandemic, is a case study in the rush for new technologies.

A quarantine app in the Indian state of Maharashtra, which includes the country's most populous city, Mumbai, uses GPS data collected from people's smartphones to create a virtual perimeter around their homes. If users move beyond their permitted radius, the app notifies local authorities.

Another app, called Quarantine Watch, in Karnataka state, also records the locations of certain people under quarantine and requires them to take selfies to prove they are staying home.

In an effort to coordinate public health surveillance, the central government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi introduced its own contact-tracing app in early April. The app, called Aarogya Setu — or health care bridge — uses smartphone location data and Bluetooth to log people's travel routes and the other phones they encounter. With urging from Modi, more than 77 million people, about 5.6% of the population, have downloaded it so far. Local authorities are promoting the Modi government's app along with their own.

An expert advising the Modi government on its app said it had already helped public health monitors pinpoint hot spots for the virus and speed their door-to-door visits to certain neighborhoods to alert residents, many of whom did not own smartphones.

But civil liberties groups have warned that the rush to adopt virus-tracking technologies may entrench new forms of government surveillance and social control even if the apps do not prove effective in fighting the coronavirus.

"They just pilot it out, see how it works and, as the debate is taking place, they scale the project — and once it's scaled, then it becomes a lot harder to roll back," said Sidharth Deb, the policy and parliamentary counsel for the Internet Freedom Foundation, a digital rights group in New Delhi.

An analysis by The Times found that the Quarantine Watch app, which is available on Google Android, lacked common security measures, and that the Android version of the Aarogya Setu app leaked a user's latitude and longitude to a YouTube server.

Google, which owns YouTube, said that the Aarogya Setu app appeared to have sent the location data inadvertently and that YouTube would delete it. The app developers said Sunday that they had fixed the problem. An official in Karnataka said that the app used essential security measures and that the issues identified by The Times had been resolved.

Preventing Surveillance

The wide-ranging efforts, and their varying quality, have led to calls for industry standards related to privacy and other matters.

Whether to send data to central health authorities is the biggest sticking point.

Technologists who focus on privacy say the best way to prevent governments from using data to surveil people is to never let them have it in the first place.

"You can look at what happened after 9/11," said James Larus, the dean of the School of Computer and Communications Science at EPFL, a science-focused university in Switzerland. "There were all these consequences for privacy made possible by a crisis."

But centralized collection of the data may be essential for effective contact tracing, others argue.

"Having location history helps you better identify where infections might be, helps you identify the hot spots," said Lalitesh Katragadda, the founder of Indihood, a group developing technologies for underserved populations, and an adviser on the Indian government's app.

Some officials in Europe have said they also want information about nearby phones to be shared with public health officers so they can then contact those people personally.

The Apple and Google program, which draws on ideas from Singapore and from academics, aims to answer the question in favor of privacy experts. The app software will keep track of nearby phones using secret codes, but the data will stay on users' phones. When people test positive for the coronavirus, they can allow their own codes to be put on a list. The phones of all other users will regularly check that list and provide an alert if there is a risk of infection.

So far, the companies have refused to change their system to allow governments to collect data about people's contacts, and it is unclear whether the gathering of more general location data will be possible. On Friday, the companies changed the name of their system — to "exposure notification" from "contact tracing" — to underline its focus on directly alerting people.

Another point of contention surrounds how virus symptoms are reported. Should people voluntarily self-report, or should health workers do so after confirming a diagnosis?

And some significant technological questions need to be worked out, including making sure that the Bluetooth detection accounts for when people are separated by walls and that the apps do not drain batteries or interfere with headphones. Engineers working on programs at MIT and Stanford said they thought the problems were surmountable.

A key to making the apps successful, proponents said, is persuading people that the apps will help keep them safe and allow them to emerge from lockdowns.

"When you hear people saying there will never be takeup of the app," said Fraser, the Oxford epidemiologist, "they are talking like we are not in the world we are currently in."

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Delete These Apps ASAP To Save Your Android, According To A Tech Expert - SheFinds

Posted: 16 Apr 2020 12:00 AM PDT

When the whole world is retreating to their home and spending most of the time under lockdown due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, most users are turning to their smartphones to fiddle around and spend their excess time. It is quite common for users to try out new Apps to entertain themselves, however, it should be kept in mind that not all Apps are good for your smartphone. We reached out to tech experts to source their opinion on what Apps should be deleted from your Android device to save it in the long term. Without further ado, those Apps are:

Any 'battery/energy saver' app

According to Liz Hamilton, Director of People and Customers at Mobile Klinik, "This is going to sound crazy, but the first app we recommend you delete is the 'battery/energy saver' app. For the most part, these apps either simply take up storage or help drain your battery." Liz continues, "If you're concerned about your battery's life, there are other measures you can take to save it. For starters, a battery cycle is measured by one full charge of 0 to 100. So, the more full cycles your device goes through, the sooner you have to change it. In other words, you can slow down the depletion of your battery's lifecycle, however, by only partially charging your device. In tests, the sweet-spot to keep your battery charged at is 25-85 per cent to maximize the lifecycle of your battery. With that said, letting your phone charge past 100 per cent actually harms its life."

Antivirus from unverified sources

According to Jovan Milenkovic, co-founder of KommandoTech, "Most of the phones have built-in virus protection systems, so you don't need additional apps. If you want to be extra careful, installing an antivirus program can be a good option, but only if it comes from a verified source."

So, always download your antivirus app from Google Play Store, which checks for malicious activities in your app to provide you a peace of mind in terms of device security. That being said, hackers and developers with malicious intent are getting more sophisticated in masquerading their malicious app as legitimate ones and publishing them in Google Play Store. According to Jo O'Reilly, Deputy Editor of ProPrivacy.com, "Unfortunately, security experts often spot malicious apps on the official Google Play Store. Those apps sneak into the Play Store by initially appearing to be benign and uninteresting. However, once installed they start spamming users with unwanted ads." Jo continues, "Apps that have recently been identified as adware include Mobnet.io: Big Fish Frenzy, Car Racing 2019, Backgrounds 4K HD, and various QR scanning apps such as QR Code Reader & Barcode Scanner Pro, QR Code – Scan & Read a Barcode, and QR & Barcode Scan Reader. These and a whole list of malicious apps can be found on Bitdefender's site, and should be deleted at once."

Jennifer Willy, Editor of Etia.com, also confirms the above statement by adding, "There are several applications that are available at the Google Play Store that allows illegal hacking and invasion of privacy. Several antivirus apps are showing similar traits and are potentially very dangerous. Security Master, Clean Master, Antivirus Free 2019, 360 Security, Super Cleaner, Super Phone Cleaner and many more. Fraudsters attempt to deceive users by making malicious apps look genuine, so users should do their due diligence before downloading any mobile app." According to Jennifer, "The typical verification of the app, done by the users is checking the reviews and ratings of that particular app in the Play Store."

Any App to enhance your Android's performance

"Any apps that claim to increase device performance by saving RAM or the battery should definitely be given the boot. Android has built in RAM management, which means that an extra app is simply not required. At the end of the day, any app installed on your device that is supposed to save RAM or help reduce power drain must run in the background which means it is likely to do much more harm than good," according to Jo from ProRivacy.com.

Now that you know what type of Apps to look out for in order to save your Android in long term, have a happy time enjoying your Android during this pandemic and stay safe. We are in this together.

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