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Posted 19th May
I didn't realise that PlusNet offered a Free Security Suite, it is included in Unlimited & Unlimited Fibre Plus.

  • Protect your Windows Desktops and LaptopsAvailable for Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 7 and Windows Vista with SP1
  • Email, surf and chat with confidenceOnce installed on your PC, Plusnet Protect will provide Anti-Virus, Anti-Spyware and Anti-Spam protection from malicious software, malicious social networking links and junk email
  • Keep intruders away from your PCsPlusnet Protect uses two-way firewalls to prevent remote hacking access to your PCs. The "My Home Network" feature shows you all of your connected devices
  • Surf, search and browse the web safelyMcAfee SiteAdvisor® helps assist your judgement on website authenticity through an easy to use traffic-light system
  • Let your kids surf with confidenceSet safe boundaries for your children with parental controls, by setting the type of online content you believe is acceptable
  • Protect up to 7 PCsNetwork Manager allows you to protect up to 7 Windows PCs

I hope this may help others who may be just using Windows Defender, or about to pay for an alternative security suite.

Ok, this could go badly as people often hate McAfee, however, a Free Security Suite is still Free, and reviews are solid! (see below)

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Around 18 months ago, McAfee was officially spun off into an independent company by former owner Intel – and the change appears to have had a salutary effect on the company. Believe it or not, in just a year, it’s rocketed from the bottom of the malware-detection league to the top.

So remarkable is McAfee’s rise that we’d be tempted to put it down to a statistical blip, but the results were confirmed across several months by two independent testing labs, with both AV-Comparatives and AV-Test reporting 100% protection rates against threats both old and new.

This isn’t a case of an excessively strict engine catching all types of malware through sheer trigger-happiness, either: with an overall false-positive rate of 0.4%, McAfee confidently outshone the likes of F-Secure, Norton and Trend Micro.
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Just use Windows Defender, Ublock Origin, common sense and maybe Malwarebytes

Anti-viruses nowadays are pretty unnecessary because the built in Windows one is fine
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Just use Windows Defender, Ublock Origin, common sense and maybe Malwarebytes

Anti-viruses nowadays are pretty unnecessary because the built in Windows one is fine
Its only free with certain packages
TomJ9719/05/2019 20:09

Just use Windows Defender, Ublock Origin, common sense and maybe …Just use Windows Defender, Ublock Origin, common sense and maybe MalwarebytesAnti-viruses nowadays are pretty unnecessary because the built in Windows one is fine


This, plus Privacy Badger and Pi hole on your network.

Coming from a long standing security professional.

The biggest one is common sense...
I knew it would go cold, however, for a full suite with firewall, file shredder, software checker, parental software etc. I thought it might help the less savvy amongst us, especially as now avcomparatives etc give 100% antivirus with 0.4% false positive rate. Oh, well! Thanks for the comments...although never heard of Pi hole, we used to say shut your pie hole when I was younger!
Agent_Silver19/05/2019 20:36

I knew it would go cold, however, for a full suite with firewall, file …I knew it would go cold, however, for a full suite with firewall, file shredder, software checker, parental software etc. I thought it might help the less savvy amongst us, especially as now avcomparatives etc give 100% antivirus with 0.4% false positive rate. Oh, well! Thanks for the comments...although never heard of Pi hole, we used to say shut your pie hole when I was younger!


That's because there's always IT "experts" in here that think they know better. I'll vote hot ofc, Windows defender is actually a pretty poor antivirus solution.
tjc200519/05/2019 23:49

That's because there's always IT "experts" in here that think they know …That's because there's always IT "experts" in here that think they know better. I'll vote hot ofc, Windows defender is actually a pretty poor antivirus solution.


I'm a long standing security expert and I'm not voting either way.

The main thing that will help you in security is: common sense and challenging/questioning things.

You could have the best security software in the world, but if you choose to use it badly (whether through intention or ignorance), then it's worthless.

Endpoint antivirus is much of a muchness.

Technologically, it's good to apply an 'onion-skin' approach; many instances of controls. The final control being common sense.

HTH
It's free, why is this cold?
Dealmessiah20/05/2019 07:04

I'm a long standing security expert and I'm not voting either way.The main …I'm a long standing security expert and I'm not voting either way.The main thing that will help you in security is: common sense and challenging/questioning things.You could have the best security software in the world, but if you choose to use it badly (whether through intention or ignorance), then it's worthless.Endpoint antivirus is much of a muchness.Technologically, it's good to apply an 'onion-skin' approach; many instances of controls. The final control being common sense.HTH


At the end of the day, it's free & yes I agree it's about common sense, but if you don't have a half decent antivirus, then whatever you've downloaded or clicked on that has infected your machine, may not be found and fixed. Not everyone is computer literate and I feel that is a good thing to have for someone like that.
tjc200520/05/2019 19:58

At the end of the day, it's free & yes I agree it's about common sense, …At the end of the day, it's free & yes I agree it's about common sense, but if you don't have a half decent antivirus, then whatever you've downloaded or clicked on that has infected your machine, may not be found and fixed. Not everyone is computer literate and I feel that is a good thing to have for someone like that.


Good point and reasonably put.

There is a risk to hang on to the technology, thinking it's secure, when maybe it's not.

This is where critical thinking and common sense comes in.
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