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Friend of the Internet Surfer Award #5

Gizmo Wins First TP – FOTIS Award Of 2011


Winner of the 2011

Friend Of The Internet Surfer Award
Tech Paul’s Friend Of The Internet Surfer Award

It is vital we take actions to secure our computers, and reduce our chances of becoming victims of cyber-crime. Doing so not only protects yourself – but because we are all connected to the Internet – helps keep the web a safer place for everyone.

Computer security is a complex and confusing subject – and there are many choices one faces. Fortunately for us, there is a free online tool – a “wizard” – to help steer us in the right direction. I have endorsed it here before. And, better yet, the solutions it offers are free as well.

But! I believe this helpful tool is so important in today’s world, and in recognition for it’s quality, and helpfulness, that I am awarding its creator – Gizmo of Gizmo’s – the fifth-ever Tech Paul’s Friend Of The Internet Surfer Award.

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.

Gizmo’s Security Advice Wizard asks you a series of questions, analyzes your answers, and then provides you with a customized, personal security 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.

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”.

Because, yes folks, in today’s world you need security protections when on the Internet.

BTW — I am not alone: PC Magazine rated this a Top Site for 2010 as well.

Please point your less-savvy friends and loved ones to this site.

Previous winners:
* First-ever Tech Paul’s Friend Of The Internet Surfer Award
* Tech Paul’s Friend of the Internet Surfer Award for October
* Tech Paul’s Friend of the Internet Surfer Award for December
* Tech Paul’s Friend of the Internet Surfer Award – 2010

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January 17, 2011 - Posted by | advice, computers, how to, Internet, security | , , , ,


  1. Very easy to use security wizard that gives some great reco’s for suggested software. I highly recommend this, and thank you Paul for bring it to our attention!


    Comment by KsTinMan | January 17, 2011 | Reply

    • KsTinMan,
      I cannot count how many times I am asked “what’s the best?” And people get a little .. um, confused when I start asking them about themselves. But it’s true: what is best for Joe is probably not best Jake.. nor for Judy.

      Any disagreement I may have with GSAW’s reco’s – if any – are “nit-picky”, and not worth mentioning. It’s that good.


      Comment by techpaul | January 17, 2011 | Reply

  2. Paul,
    Nice article, I will be checking this out asap. Thanks for the info.


    Comment by Cappydawg | January 18, 2011 | Reply

    • Cappydawg,
      My humble opinion now: the tool is (probably) most helpful to the “average computer user”, true, but is also well-worth exploring even by Power Users and Über Geeks who already have a good, layered, defense in place. (It only takes a minute or two to go through.)


      Comment by techpaul | January 18, 2011 | Reply

  3. Paul,
    You know me I just love reading all the tech I can get. I like helping out my friends that sort of look to me for help or suggestions.


    Comment by Cappydawg | January 18, 2011 | Reply

    • Cappydawg,
      From the description of your symptoms… one might conclude you have been “bitten by the digital bug”.
      (Or is that “byte-n”?)


      Comment by techpaul | January 18, 2011 | Reply

  4. […] this wizard, and my friend TechPaul over at has awarded Gizmo’s Freeware a Tech Paul’s Friend Of The Internet Surfer Award based on their Security Wizard. This tool will help anyone decide which security software is best […]


    Pingback by Is Your Security Software Right for You? | Paul's Home Computing Blog | January 20, 2011 | Reply

  5. Paul,
    Great find! I think it’ll really be good for my readers; and, as you can see, I’ve already put it on my site with a linkback to yours. Thanks.


    Comment by Paul Lubic, Jr. | January 20, 2011 | Reply

    • Paul Lubic, Jr.,
      It is always a pleasure to see your name here. And I think it’s great a man of your caliber (and experience in IT) adds their vote of support.

      You are doing a super job of raising “public consciousness” on Paul’s Home Computing Blog, and I consider it an honor to be mentioned there.
      (I particularly liked the recent Beware of Ransomware!.)

      Thank you!


      Comment by techpaul | January 20, 2011 | Reply

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