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A Quick & Easy Way To Choose The Best Free Security Programs*

“..different people have different security needs.

Finding The Best Security Product For You

I am constantly asked for my recommendation on what is the “best” free antivirus, or “most effective” anti-Spyware, and, “which security suite should I buy?” Who has the best firewall? Makes sense: I am a Tech, as well as a World Renown Tech Blogger. (ahem)

Choosing security programs can seem overwhelming. There’s antiviruses, anti-spywares, and “suites”.. and they all claim to be the best.


I have posted my advice here several times (use the “Search” tool) over the course of 1,000+ Tech – for Everyone articles. I also have published a list, including links, of free AV’s (click here) and AS’s (click here). But my advice has been pretty general.

There’s a reason for that –> you. I don’t know you. I do not know your Geek skilz level. I do not know if you are a pirating/Bit Torrent-ing maniac. I don’t know if you’re still on Windows ME and all you do is e-mail, or if you are on Windows 7 64-bit and you have a Run as command prompt shortcut in your QuickLaunch… or are somewhere in between.
Do you watch porn?

Needless to say, different people have different security needs. How you answer the questions above will have a huge impact on how I would advise you. Fortunately, I have found an answer –  Gizmo’s Security Advice Wizard. And I have added it to my Blogroll.

gizmo's logoGizmo’s Security Advice Wizard asks you a series of questions, analyzes your answers, and then provides you with a customized, personal recommendation — a complete recommendation — including download links to free solutions. Bottom line? I have run through the Wizard several times, as various types of users, and each time the recommendations the Wizard provided was spot on with how I would answer. Great minds really do think alike.

I enthusiastically endorse Gizmo’s Security Advice Wizard and encourage you to go there and give it a try. Odds are good you will learn something. The folks there at Gizmo’s freeeware get a tip of my geek hat, and my thanks for going through the effort of creating this wonderful advisor “wizard”.

Today’s free link: Gizmo’s Security Advice Wizard
This Wizard has been designed to help you select the best free security software for your PC based on the version of Windows that you use, your technical computer skills and your general level of security risk.

Today’s recommended reading: Poisoned PDFs? Here’s Your Antidote
“Attacks employing poisoned PDF files have leaped to the top of the threat list..


** A Chance To Win A Valuable Prize! **


The folks at Genie-soft have generously donated five licenses for Genie Timeline Professional 2.0 to me, to award to my readers. So I am going to do a random drawing contest from folks who “enter”.Genie Timeline is a program that creates “backup copies” of the files and settings on your computer. With Timeline, you do not have to be “computer savvy”, and you can set-it-and-forget-it. Timeline constantly monitors your file system, automatically, for you.

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* Orig post: 4/13/10

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June 9, 2010 - Posted by | advice, computers, security, software | , , , , , , , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. Hey Paul,
    Really a nice find. I’m amazed by the simplicity of the questions asked and the recommendations given. It even provides you with a collection of freeware of various categories.. And the fact that it can be carried out on mobile even, what more one would need..?!
    Much useful for novice and average users… Nevertheless, techy users too will find it valuable, i guess..
    Regards

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    Comment by Ranjan | June 10, 2010 | Reply

    • Ranjan,
      I agree that this Advisor tool is for the “average user”, and those new to considering anti-malware solutions. It asks the same questions I would.

      Power Users and Über Geeks might find something new, or find something to debate, or merely have their opinions validated.. but it is worth looking at, IMHO.

      Thanks for this input!

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      Comment by techpaul | June 10, 2010 | Reply


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