The ‘big boys’ don’t want you to know this but the truth is very simple: There is no reason to spend money on any internet security software because there are free products available that can meet or exceed the quality of purchased software! The only area where free security software lags is in the total security suites category. This means that you will not be able to find one free product to take care of all your security needs. But when you consider that these products are free you should not find this to be a disadvantage.
There are dozens of free security software programs available in many software classes such as antispam (SPAMfighter, MailWasher), antispyware (SpyCatcher, Spyware Terminator), content filtering (K9 Web Protection, Naomi), privacy protection (Browzar, CCleaner), password managers (KeyWallet, Roboform) and many more.
There are a variety of reasons these products are free. Some of them are slightly reduced function versions of commercial products, some of them were created to generate interest in the company that created them and others are available simply because there are actually people interested in the greater good of a more secure internet for all of us. Many of these free products are highly rated but they are not promoted because there is no money to be made in free software, so they rely on others to spread the word.
One of the best free security products that we have found is Comodo Antivirus. This is a full featured piece of software that can stand up to the likes of Norton Antivirus, NOD32 and McAfee. We have used it on all of our test machines and most of our other systems. Another great piece of software is also from Comodo and is their free Comodo Firewall. A recent review article declared it to be ‘the best firewall free or paid’! You can find links to the best free firewalls, antivirus and other free security software (including those mentioned in this article) here: Free Internet Security Software. In addition, if you have never tried a password manager be sure to visit this sites free password manager page and try out Roboform. You will find Roboform to be very secure and a real timesaver.
The bottom line is- Do not purchase any more internet security software until you have carefully checked out all of the great alternatives available as free downloads on the internet!