Friday, June 08, 2007

New, Free and Recommended Security Software

I'm updating my recommendations for parents, schools, and teachers based on a new report from A-V Comparatives. Their evaluation of anti-virus software unveils two virtually unknown market players; ESet and Avira.

Avira offers a free anti-virus package that blows away many commercial and older free products.

ESet offers free one-shot anti-virus removers and a strong anti-virus commercial offering for schools. Again, a product that is way ahead of the pack.

Finally, with the disclaimer that Alex Eckelberry is a personal friend of mine, I am adding Counter Spy to my recommended security suite for parents, students, and teachers.

Don't take my word for it if you think I'm selling something. I make not a penny and I believe this will secure your computer better than just about any other affordable suite of software.

My links are on the left and the updates are worth doing now.



Digg It! | Add to Del.icio.us | Add to Technorati

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi,

I notice in the HTML code for your page you have specified a size for a couple of your images which is larger than the actual picture size, resulting in a pixelated (blurred) image.

Specifically, the AntiVir logo (logo_web.gif) has a specified width of 184 pixels, where the actual image is only 102 pixels wide. The CounterSpy image (Product_CounterSpy.jpg) has a specified height of 200 pixels, where the actual image is only 115 pixels high.

Other logos display correctly because there is no specified height/width, allowing them to display at their native resolution.

I suspect that removing the two dimension specifications assocaited with the respective images will allow your page to display correctly:

width="184" (logo_web.gif)
height="200" (Product_CounterSpy.jpg)

Also, I think perhaps you need to be more careful about the word "free". All "free" anti-virus and anti-spyware software impose strict conditions on the use of the software, expressly excluding use in schools. This software is free only for private, non-commercial use. Avira (and other AV products) are not free for use in schools:

http://www.avira.com/en/solutions/education.html

Cartoons (click to site of ownership):