My new computer in 2009 (Sony) came with a one month subscription to Norton Internet Security. When the subscription was almost over, I pondered the decision as to whether I would renew the subscription, or look for another type of security. I was rather hoping I would find a security suite that was, well, free. It annoys me to have to pay a company to perform a service that should be part of the system that operates my computer.
It seems to me that buying a computer should be like buying a car. Both should come with a basic security system. My car came with seat belts, air bags and an alarm system. My computer should come with a built-in safe way to browse the internet and read my emails!
Then I found Microsoft Security Essentials. I read a number of reviews about it, and though it has some detractors, on the whole the verdict seemed to be that it is a good product. It certainly didn’t have all the bells and whistles of many other products, but if I just want something to guard against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software, this software appeared to be up to the task. The Microsoft Malware Protection Center is a good resource for security information.
Norton eventually came out with a well priced package that covered three computers. I switched from free to paid, and used Norton for a number of years.
My newest laptop is a Lenovo that I bought from Best Buy. They recommended using Webroot, along with a fairly cheap subscription for help from the Geek Squad. This appealed to me because I had just recently had a problem with my Norton product crashing.
I really don’t know if one product is all that better than another – but I do believe it is very important that every computer has up to date protection.