Security Apps

There are some great resources available on the Internet that can increase computer security. Below is a list of web links sorted by category.

Independent sources for comparing the efficacy and ease of use of major malware protection software. Some products may not not have been submitted for testing by these organizations:

av-comparatives.org: Independent Tests of Anti-Virus Software

av-test.org: The Independent IT-Security Institute

Security Software
Paid and/or free security applications. These products offer a variety of services that may include firewall, anti-virus, anti-spyware, backup software etc. These are a list of some popular products. To see which product performs best consider taking a look at the AV testing results from the organizations listed above.

AVG AntiVirus
Bitdefender
ClamXav
ESET Cyber Security
Kaspersky
McAfee
Sophos
Symantec
Trend Micro


Browser Add-Ons
There are many browser Add-Ons that can make surfing the web a safer experience. Some of these may not be available for all browsers, but you may find a similar Add-on for the browser you use most.

Better Privacy (read review)
Certificate Patrol (read review)
Ghostery (read review)
No Script (read review)
Web Of Trust (read review)


Password Managers
Password Managers offer numerous features. Not only can you store your login and passwords for sites, but also, store notes, credit card numbers, software licenses, and more. There are plenty of password managers out there, but not all use strong encryption methods. Here a a few that are highly rated.

1Password
LastPass
KeePass


Security Tools
Here are some great tools you can use to test and strengthen your cyber security.

Password Haystack: Check the strength of your passwords to see how long it would take for a hacker to crack them.
Perfect Passwords: Create ultra high secure passwords with this password generator.
ShieldsUp!: This test will check your Internet vulnerability. There are a number of tests from which to choose.
OpenDNS: Set your firewall to use these Domain Name Server IP Addresses.
Microsoft Safety Scanner: Downloadable on demand app that compliments your existing virus scanning software. The app expires 10 days after being downloaded; be sure to download the latest scanner to get the most up-to-date protection.
URL X-ray: Test any shortened URL to find out if it is safe before clicking on it.
Norton Safe Web: Enter a website address into this site to check it for threats.
BreachAlarm: Check your email address to see if, or when, your email account was hacked.

Google Website Malware Test: While Google automatically checks for malware infected websites, you can manually check a site by typing the website address in the search box.

Alternately, you can also copy and paste this address into your web browser: https://google.com/safebrowsing/diagnostic?site= 
After the = (equal sign) add the web address of the site you want to check, for example, http://google.com/safebrowsing/diagnostic?site=www.widgetfidgit.com Press the enter key to see if the site has been infected with malware in the past 90 days.


Updated: 2016-01-09