Top Ten Security Applications Ranked

PCWorld: Top Ten Security Applications Ranked

PC World tested ten top security applications to determine which offered the best combination of security and performance (minimal drain on resources, speed). The winner was perennial market leader Symantec Norton Internet Security 2011. The other big name, McAfee Internet Security 2011, came well down the list. (With links to complete reviews.)

“It’s no longer enough for antivirus software to scan files on your PC. You need someone looking over your shoulder and telling you whether it’s safe to click that link; whether the popup for that software update is legitimate; and whether that download from your favorite social network is actually a tool created by organized criminals for stealing your personal information. You need an all-in-one Internet security suite capable of identifying, blocking, and cleaning up after a wide array of malware.

We examined 13 security suites for this story. To handle our ex­­panded Internet security testing, PCWorld contracted for the services of, a respected security testing company. We looked at traditional signature-based de­­tection (which indicates how well products can block known malware) and at how well the suites cleaned infections and blocked brand-new, live malware attacks.”

Small Business Computing Staff
Small Business Computing Staff
Small Business Computing addresses the technology needs of small businesses, which are defined as businesses with fewer than 500 employees and/or less than $7 million in annual sales.

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