Originally software engineer, for the past 10 years works as security researcher and journalist.
Articles by Sophie Anderson
If you’re an Android device owner, you’ve possibly heard some myths about security. Like most Android users, you probably download your apps from the Google Play Store and hopefully notice a tick symbol indicating that the app has been scanned by Google Play Protect, Google’s built-in malware detection engine.
So, you’ve bought a brand-new laptop. Congratulations! It’s so shiny, isn’t it? If you’re on a tighter budget, though, maybe you’ve just upgraded your existing device, especially its cybersecurity. Either way, a reliable antivirus isn’t enough. You’re going to need an internet security package to stay ahead of online threats.
While many virus scanners purport to be free online tools, in actuality only a few do not require software download and installation. To clear up any confusion, we’ve verified and ranked the top 5 REALLY FREE online and download-only virus scanners below.
Even Linux machines are vulnerable to ransomware, rootkits, email phishing attempts, and spoof URL addresses. The big question is whether a free antivirus offers robust protection for Linux?
There’s an old theory that antivirus can slow your computer down by 50%. While this may have once been true, it’s no longer a reality. However, your antivirus will have some effect on the overall speed of your device.