Security, Software, Anti-Virus, Non-McAfee Home Solutions

Anti-Virus software recommendation for personal devices

Both Windows and Mac come with built-in security software. In many situations, this built-in software may be sufficient to protect your personal computer from malware. We recommend the following solutions for antivirus software on personally-owned devices.

Note: Recommendations made do not guarantee any outcome. Adverse events and outcomes are possible and do happen with and without anti-virus or anti-malware products. Use caution and be informed when connecting any device to any network or resource. Behavior factors greatly into the security equation and all users of open, public, or shared networks should be vigilant about their awareness, actions, controls, and risks when using them.

Windows and Mac, (Home Use)

For additional protection, third-party antivirus software is also available.

Sophos Home protects Windows and Mac devices against malicious software, inappropriate websites, and viruses. At the time of this writing it is free for private, non-commercial, home use.  This license does not cover university-owned machines.

Windows, (Home Use)

Windows 8.x and higher: Windows Defender antivirus suite. There is no need to purchase this software separately. It comes as part of the operating system.

Windows 7: Microsoft Security Essentials. This software is available for free from Microsoft. Be sure to have only one antivirus program installed.

To get Microsoft Security Essentials, follow this link: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/14210/security-essentials-download



Keywords:security, privacy, information, anti-virus, mcafee, Sophos, windows defender, Microsoft security essentials, home   Doc ID:67971
Owner:Security S.Group:University of Illinois Technology Services
Created:2016-10-24 09:05 CSTUpdated:2017-11-20 15:47 CST
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