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The global community has witnessed some of the worst cybersecurity attacks just in the past decade alone that spared no one—from unsuspecting private netizens to the biggest companies in different industries and sectors—we have seen the digital gore that is left behind by cyber thieves and criminals who are getting increasingly ingenious with their attacks.
As a result, cybersecurity should not even be an issue for us. If we a smartphone or any device that connects to the internet and global network, then we need to have security software installed in our devices and networks. We all need to arm yourself with the best antivirus and security protection. From private users to large corporations, developers, and distributors, everyone must be aware that we share the digital world with cybercriminals that lurk at every corner. Cybersecurity then should be everyone’s concern and top priority.
Cisco has divulged that 50% of those who migrated to the cloud said their reason was better data protection. 41% partnered with more than 10 cybersecurity providers and 33% paid more than $1 million after experiencing a severe security breach.
Yahoo suffered a significant data breach in 2013 that compromised three billion user accounts, and again in 2014, this time affecting 500 million user accounts. In 2019, due to inadequate security, 540 million Facebook accounts were exposed to the Amazon cloud server.
Hasso-Plattner Institute (HPI) in 2017 reported that there are 11,150 registered security vulnerabilities in computer software, which brought $1.5 billion worth of damages worldwide. HPI database has recorded 124,236 vulnerabilities from 1999-2019, 36% of which were classified under “high severity.”
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We all need to keep ourselves safe, and our online usage uncompromised. The only way is to get the best defensive and offensive measures available in the market, and we have a list of the top 10 security brands to check out this 2020:
Description: Bitdefender has the best malware detection rate in the industry for five years, using advanced AI and other technologies, and a 500-million strong global network. It can anticipate, detect, and instantly block the newest cyber threats without the system slow down. Users are quickly notified of any attack with its zero-system shutdown and multiple layers of ransomware protection. It has anti-intrusion protection over your cameras for extra protection.
Recent Awards: AV-Test Award for “Best Protection,” “Best Performance,” and “Best Repair” in 2018
Developed By: Bitdefender
Operating System: Android, Windows, MAC OS
Description: Trend Micro has intuitive settings and clear, easy-to-understand status reports. It blocks viruses, spyware, adware, ransomware, and other malicious software so users can enjoy their digital life worry-free. It provides advanced online protection. It has a machine learning-based technology that efficiently protects against viruses and malware. It has Folder Shield, allowing only authorized applications to access the protected folders to keep your valuable files safe from ransomware.
Recent Awards: AV-TEST Award for “Best Protection” and “Best Performance” in 2018. Industry experts rated Trend Micro Security as 100% protection against web threats.
Developed By: Trend Micro, Inc.
Operating System: MacOS X version 10.12 Sierra / 10.13 High Sierra / 10.14 Mojave
3. Kaspersky Total Security
Description: Kaspersky Total Security is known for its robust online shopping protection and security. It has simplified security management, automatic scans, drive-by cryptomining infection prevention. It is easy to use and affordable and focuses on the basics of malware security, like web filtering to blocking malicious URLs, antivirus scanning to remove and block threats, and smart monitoring technology for malware detection and prevention.
Recent Awards: AV-TEST Award 2018 for “Best Protection,” “Best Performance,” “Best Usability,” and “Best Repair.”
Developed By: Kaspersky Lab
Operating System: Windows only
4. Norton Security
Description: Norton Security is an all-in-one-security software with comprehensive protection for various platforms and devices. It provides proactive defense, advanced privacy technology, and tracking of mobile devices.
Recent Awards: AV-Test Award for “Best Protection,” “Best Performance,” and “Best Android Security.”
Developed By: Norton Symantec
Operating System: Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1/10, iOS ® 8 or later, Mac OS X, Linux, Android 94.0 or later (must have Google Play App installed)
5. Avast Premium Security
Description: Avast Premium Security is a reliable and robust antivirus software with fast performance to protect its user’s computer, network, data, and internet use. It has multi-layers of virus protection enhanced by AI, and combined with a worldwide network of malware-detecting sensors, is able to stop all threats that could compromise files or devices. It offers full protection from the worst malware threats like ransomware, trojans, spyware, adware, crypto miners, and more.
Recent Awards: recognized by PC Magazine to AV-Comparatives as the antivirus software professionals trust
Developed By: Avast Software a.s.
Operating System: Windows 7/8/10, Mac OS X (All), Android
6. McAfee Total Protection
Description: McAfee delivers device-to-cloud security across multi-cloud and on-premises environments. Their solutions protect data, defend against threats, and provide actionable insights via an open platform and the largest network of threat telemetry. It enhances protection for users’ identity and security on computers and mobile devices.
Developed By: McAfee, Inc.
Operating System: Windows 7/8/8.1/10, iOS, Mac OS X, Android, Linux
Description: Avira Antivirus has 30 years of success in security software and is known to be 2 to 5 times lighter than other security solutions. It leaves the smallest digital footprint of any antivirus software, preventing computer slowdown. Avira is connected to 100 million users whose devices act as Avira sensors to enable the best possible detection of emerging attacks.
Developed By: Avira Operations GmbH & Co. KG
Operating System: Mac, iOS, Windows, Android
8. AVG Internet Security
Description: AVG Internet Security provides excellent protection for sensitive files. AVG Internet Security is a first-line defense with advanced antivirus scans that remove in real-time, all viruses, ransomware, adware, spyware, Trojans, rootkits, and other malware.
Developed By: Grisoft, Inc.
Operating System: Windows Vista/7/8/8.1/10/XP, Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion / 10.9 Mavericks / 10.10 Yosemite / El Capitan 10.11, and Mac OS Sierra 10.12
9. ESET NOD32 Antivirus
Description: ESET delivers reliable protection without slowing down systems. NOD32 Antivirus allows users to save resources for uninterrupted streaming, gaming, watching videos, photos, social media browsing, and the like.
Developed By: ESET
Operating System: Microsoft Windows and Mobile, Mac OS, Linux, FreeBSD, Solaris, Android
10. Webroot Security Anywhere Antivirus
Description: Webroot provides complete antivirus protection against online threats without system slowdowns. It is entirely cloud-based and helps protect both the user and their data by scanning billions of sites, apps, and documents. It has real-time updates and integrated protection for multi-platforms and devices.
Developed By: Webroot
Operating System: Android, Windows 7/8/10, and XP; Mac OS X
Conclusion: Stay Armed and Warned
Cybersecurity warnings and alerts on our systems and devices should never be ignored anymore. System updates on our devices may be cumbersome, but it helps us stay protected against the disastrous and destructive force behind cybercrime. We need to be aware of the latest cybersecurity trends and threats so we can also be advocates, at the very least, to our own family and circle. If we are well-armed by the best cybersecurity software and protocol, then we are better-protected in this continuous fight against cybercrime.
John Ocampos is an Opera Singer by profession and a member of the Philippine Tenors. Ever since Digital Marketing has always been his forte. He is the Founder of SEO-Guru and the Managing Director of Tech Hacker. John is also the Strategic SEO and Influencer Marketing Manager of Softvire Australia – the leading software eCommerce company in Australia and Softvire New Zealand.