Keep Your Smart Home Safe: 5 Free Antivirus Options
You don’t have to pay through the teeth to protect your devices. Here are our five favorite and totally-free antivirus softwares.
Kaspersky Security Cloud Free
Kaspersky Security Cloud Free is a great choice for anyone looking to protect their devices from malware without signing up for a yearly paid subscription. While it is fairly basic like most free software, Kaspersky provides essential protection that will keep users and their computers safe from threats while browsing the web. It also offers support for Android and iOS devices so they can stay just as secure as your home computer.
AVG Antivirus Free
People tend to think of their internet browser as the main path for viruses and malware to sneak onto their computers and cause headaches. But according to experts from CSO, up to 94 percent of malware is delivered to devices through email. AVG Antivirus Free will keep you safe from inbox threats by blocking unsafe links, downloads & email attachments. The user interface is simple to use and easy to navigate. And it clearly differentiates between features available for free and those you have to pay for.
At its best, antivirus software keeps your devices safe while operating mostly unnoticed in the background. At its worst, the software can sometimes unintentionally bog things down, slowing performance and bringing along a set of unwanted pop-up ads.
You won’t run into that problem with BitDefender. BitDefender is antivirus protection at its leanest, offering the essential protection services without slowing your computer down or getting in the way of someone trying to, you know, actually use the device. It’s minimalist, keeps your computer secure, and runs mostly unnoticed in the background. What more do you want?
Sophos Home Free
Sophos Home Free offers all the necessary protections an antivirus program should, plus one added feature concerned moms and dads will love: parental website filtering. Sophos allows parents or guardians to take more control over the kinds of content children can access on a computer, keeping them and the machine safe from unsavory influences.
While Avira Antivirus may not be the best of the options on this list, it does offer something that none of the others do: free access to a VPN. A VPN (virtual private network) is essentially a way for users to access the internet from a more secure (private) location. Think of it like putting a safe around your personal data. The added VPN makes Avira enticing, especially for anyone who spends a lot of time connected to public WiFi and open networks.