Having a good antivirus software protecting your computers and watching all the lines of communication, in and out, is essential. Over time, the software you use has indeed evolved and your computers are smarter and safer than they have ever been. Yet, at the same time, they are also more vulnerable to attacks from hackers, malware, spyware, and viruses, because those too, have evolved. It is common to hear people complaining about their computers slowing down or crashing without reason. More often than not, viruses are to blame. However, that is not the only threat that you need to be concerned about. With your devices being connected to the internet round the clock, the threat to your privacy is greater than ever. From your passwords to your bank account details and from your web usage to your social security details, anything and everything that you store on your computer is vulnerable to hackers.
The worst thing that can happen to you is that webcams and the microphones in your device can be hacked. Scary isn’t it. However, with the right tools, you can protect your computer, your data, and most importantly your privacy from unwanted prying eyes. Here are some of the most effective antivirus programs that can help you not just safeguard your privacy, but also protect your webcam.
The default antivirus program that comes packaged with Windows 10 is surprisingly potent at protecting both your PC and your privacy. At the same time, it is also quite light and being part of the operating system, integrates well without using too many resources. It even offers basic webcam and microphone protection and warns you when a website or software tries to access either of them. The only thing you need to watch out for is the fact that whenever you install a new antivirus, even if it is a trial version with limited features and protection, Microsoft Defender automatically gets disabled.
The Norton 360 is one of the most popular antivirus suites currently available. It offers all-around protection and unlike Windows Defender, in addition to offering protection for Windows 10 based computers, it is also compatible with Macs and smartphones. There are different types of packs that you can subscribe to. While the most basic package offers protection to just one device, the highest tier can be used to protect up to 5 devices in total. These devices can include your computers, tablets, and your phones. The Norton 360 subscription also comes packaged with a dedicated webcam protection tool called SafeCam.
Another great tool to help protect your data and privacy is the Sophos Antivirus which, just like the Norton 360, is compatible with both Mac and Windows-based computers in addition to Android and iOS devices as well. It also covers Linus, Unix, OpenVms, and NetWare. This makes it one of the most supported software. Where the antivirus really shines over its competitors is its malware protection. It also has a dedicated tool that protects not just your webcam but also your microphone, however, the microphone protection is limited to Windows 10 based systems and is not available on Macintosh-based systems. It also offers a 30 day buyback which lets you try out all the premium features of the antivirus.
The McAfee antivirus comes with numerous dedicated tools like Antivirus Protection, Web Protection, Special tools for gamers, ID Theft Protection, Parental controls, and even an inbuilt Virtual Private Network. The Virtual Private Network lets you browse safely and anonymously on the internet and prevents your internet service provider and hackers from tracking your usage. In addition to these, the antivirus also features a dedicated webcam protection system that lets you select the applications that are allowed access to your webcam. If you invest in McAfee Antivirus, you will definitely get your money’s worth. This is because the antivirus comes with a Virus Protection Pledge. If the antivirus is unable to remove malware from your system, the malware will either be removed by the company’s experts or else you will be provided with a full refund. The developers of the software also claim that while the antivirus runs in the background protecting your computer, it has absolutely no impact on the performance of the system.
All these software provide effective all-around protection, however, each one of them has its own drawbacks and these must be considered before you invest in one. Irrespective of the platform you use, whether it is Windows, Macintosh, or Linux, using a reliable antivirus software is essential for protecting your data and privacy. There are various aspects you must consider while selecting an antivirus software, and malware, spyware, webcam, and microphone protection should be at the top of your priority.
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