Windows 10 is designed to be a highly secure operating system, and it’s further strengthened by anti-malware program Windows Defender, which is built into the OS. However, Windows Defender might not be enough for your needs. As of April 2017, this program scored 4.5 points out of 6 in malware infection tests conducted by independent IT security institute AV-TEST, which placed it behind several other security software that got a perfect 6 over 6 score.
So what does this mean? Basically, Windows Defender is enough if you practice good online security practices and are a casual user. But if you’re a power user who’s highly dependent on his computer and/or if you regularly do high-risk activities (such as downloading pirated content), you can’t really depend on Windows Defender. You need a stronger security software.
Not sure where to begin? We’ve listed some of the best options below:
- Kaspersky Total Security 2017
This software is designed to protect you from anyone who tries to eavesdrop into your system and steal your data. It comes with the Smart Money tool, which allows you to open banking and financial websites in a safe and secure browser. It also has the Trusted Application Mode which, when enabled, actively screens the applications that you install and run and prevents you from opening any suspicious software.
- Bitdefender Total Security 2018
If you’re worried about ransomware, this is one of your best options. The Bitdefender Total Security 2018 comes with the Advanced Threat Defense technology as well as a feature that prevents anyone from making changes to your protected files. It also comes with a Password Manager, a Safe Online Banking utility, and a Webcam Protection feature that prevents anyone from secretly spying on you.
- Avast Premier
Avast is known for offering one of the best free antivirus programs around. But, if you want to have stronger protection and have some cash to spare, consider investing in Avast Premier. Its special feature is a built-in sandbox that’s accessible to the user, which means you have a safe and secure platform where you can open your new downloads and see if they have any malicious behavior. If they are infected with malware, you have the assurance that the infection will stay within the sandbox and won’t affect the rest of your computer.
- AVG Ultimate
Having problems with a slow and laggy PC? Give AVG Ultimate a try. It comes with a set of tools that allow you to set the speed at which your computer’s programs run. This way, you can increase the speed of the applications that you constantly use and decrease the speed of those you rarely use (you can even assign unused apps to sleep mode). If you don’t want to fiddle with the settings, simply turn on Turbo Mode to ensure your Windows 10 computer functions at optimum speed.
- Norton Security Deluxe 2017
One of the best things about Norton Security Deluxe 2017 is that it doesn’t just rely on software signatures (which is what many other security programs do). Rather, it actively monitors the behavior of applications in real time and immediately detects malicious or suspicious activities. This is great considering that cybercriminals are constantly developing new attacks that can’t be easily detected by traditional anti-malware programs.
Choose from one of these security software to fully protect your Windows 10 computer! You can also check this page to learn more about Windows 10 tips and tricks.