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All In One Security Software

All In One Security Software

From identity theft to data theft, data destruction, to even hardware damage, using a computer hasn't been more scary. Just imagine all the lost time and money. All in One Security Software help computer users avoid Internet-borne and other computer threats conveniently. This guide helps you pick the right All-in-One-Security Software that best matches your particular needs.

Why Do You Need an All-In-One-Security Software?

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January 29, 2011    

ZoneAlarm Extreme Security is an All-in-one Security Software for Windows created by Check Point Software Technologies Ltd.

 
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January 27, 2011    

Kaspersky Pure is an All-in-one Security Software for Windows created by Kaspersky Lab ZAO.

 
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May 10, 2011    

Norman Security Suite PRO is an All In One Security Software for Windows and created by Publisher Norman ASA.

 
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January 27, 2011    

Norton 360 is an All-in-one Security Software for Windows Computers by publisher Symantec Corporation.

 
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November 28, 2010    

Titanium Maximum Security is an all-in-one security software created by Trend Micro Incorporated.

 
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August 02, 2013    

Bullguard Premium Protection is an All-in-one Security Software for Windows Computers by publisher Bullguard, Ltd.

 
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May 10, 2013    

G Data TotalSecurity is an All-in-one Security Software for Windows Computers by publisher G Data Software, Inc.

 
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July 30, 2011    

Lavasoft Ad-aware Total Security is an All-In-One Security Software for Windows and created by Publisher Lavasoft Ltd.

 
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February 14, 2011    

Panda Global Protection is an All-in-one Security Software for Windows created by Publisher Panda Security

 
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January 07, 2011    

BitDefender Total Security is an All-In-One Security Software for Windows created by Publisher BitDefender.

 
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Why Do You Need an All-in-one Security Software?

The Internet is not the only source of threats to your computer. Viruses and worms predate the Internet Age. The Internet merely exploded the diversity, volume, and nastiness of the threats that face computer users. From identity theft to spyware to spam to trojans, threats to your privacy, your wallet, and your computer presses in from all sides. While there are tons of antivirus, antispyware, antiphishing, and antispam, among many other types of protective software, available, many users want a convenient and comprehensive form of protection. Enter All in One Security Suites. This type of software bundles all the the major protective applications you'll need to keep your data, identify, and computer safe. Unfortunately, given the long list of possible components that can be bundled into a suite, not all All in One Security Suites are alike. Eventually, users would have to make a decision regarding how comprehensive a suite they want and if such a suite fits their particular needs. This resource steps you through the process of picking out the best suite for you. We don't impose a “one size fits all” solution since only you know your particular needs and situation. Use the considerations we raise below to help you pick out the package that's right for you. This is the only way to ensure you don't overspend or get software that you don't adequately utilize.

What is an All in One Security Software?

Unlike antivirus packages or internet threat software suites, All In One Security suites aren't limited to particular threats or particular sources of threats. Instead of just focusing on viruses or focusing on the Internet as a particular pathway for infection, All in One Security Suites block a wide range of threats regardless of paths of transmission. Also, this particular type of security software places a higher importance on the user's convenience. Indeed, using and maintaining one software is way more convenient than installing, updating, and upgrading separate antivirus software, separate antispyware applications, separate antiphishing software, etc.

Finding the right All in One Security Software that matches YOUR needs

Unfortunately, not all All in One security suites are the same. Each suite has a differing emphasis—while one suite may be strong in one aspect, it might be weak in another aspect. Use the following questions to help identify and select the right suite for your particular needs and situation.

What components does it have?

Any “All in One” solution worth its name should have a wide range of anti-threat solutions bundled in one package. At the most basic, it should have the following:

Antispyware

Unlike viruses, spyware doesn't replicate. It merely automatically loads and causes havoc on your computer by recording your browsing or computer usage history. It can also deliver ads or hijack your homepage. At it most extreme, it can turn your computer into a zombie node used by a botnet that sends out spam or attacks websites using Distributed Denial Of Service schemes. Really bad spyware can even go so far as to disconnect you from the Internet by reconfiguring your computer's communication drivers. Antispyware applications root out spyware, disable them, and delete spyware. Good antispyware components also inoculate systems against repeat infections.

Antivirus

One of the oldest threats to computers, viruses infect computers and use the computers resources to make virus copies and spreads them. The spread can take place via Local Area Networks (LAN) or through the Internet. Regardless, virus attacks can spread like wildfire. Viruses are also notorious for destroying files, corrupting applications, and compromising Operating Systems. Antivirus software detect, quarantine/delete, and guard against virus infections.

AntiPhishing

When it comes to Internet threats, phishing threats are relatively novel. Phishing schemes often involve counterfeit financial websites which try to trick the user into entering their login and password. Criminals then collect the login information from phishing websites and use this info to gain access to victims' funds at real financial websites. Antiphishing components detect phishing attempts, blocks the loading of phishing websites, and/or failing that, blocks input of data into phishing pages.

Parental Controls

If the Internet is already a threatening place for adults, the danger level is elevated further when it comes to children. Most All In One Security suites include parental controls to give higher protection to children and more peace of mind for parents.

Identity Protection

Although antiphishing tools are great, your privacy and identity are under threat of theft even if you don't access financial sites. Identity protection components help users safeguard their personal data by providing data encryption and data wallet features.

Firewall

Firewall software walls off your computer from outsiders seeking to infiltrate and attack your computer. It also monitors outbound connections and does protective routines in the case your computer gets infected.

Extra Features & Added Applications

Most all in one security software suites also come with bonus applications that are not necessarily security-related. However, most of these applications aim to optimize your system's performance at some level or another. The most common extra feature is a system optimizer. This piece of software is usually a suite of utilities focused on optimizing system speed, file structure organization, defragmenting, and other optimization tasks. System optimization involves reorganizing data currently on your system to ensure that your storage system access information faster with less errors, your system's memory accesses are more efficient, and registry and other OS settings are arranged for maximum access efficiency. While not a deal killer when evaluating all in one security software suites, the type of extra feature or bonus application the suite ships with is definitely worth considering. If you're considering two suites that pack extra features or have bonus applications, make sure you are comparing similar features together since differing software packages label the same functionality the same. Everything else being equal, go with the all in one software suite that has a bonus application that packs more optimization features.

Even if your All in One Suite packs all the basic components listed above, you still need to consider the following factors to make sure you are buying the right package for your particular needs and situation.

Ease of Use

This might seem basic but you'd be surprised by how many “just for geeks” software suites are out there. Fortunately, not all of us are geeks so many software suites have simplified yet powerful interfaces that make their suites easy to use, maintain, upgrade, and update. Don't fall for arcane, “just us geeks” dashboard and interface designs if you're not technically savvy or have the time to learn. Just because it looks “high tech” doesn't necessarily mean it's the right Suite for you. Most of the time, the old rule of KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid) works best.

Comprehensiveness versus Practicality

While it's possible to kill ants using a steamroller or jackhammer, these aren't very practical solutions. You overspent on a highly powerful way to solve your problem when cheaper but just as effective alternatives exist. The same dilemma and financial trap appear when trying to pick which All in One Security Suite to choose. Just because a suite has a lot of bells and whistles, it doesn't necessarily follow that you'll need all these features. Make sure the components listed in the suite you're considering actually involve protection that reflects your computer, Internet or network usage. It is probably a waste of money to buy components that you won't use or suites that focus on an activity you rarely do while giving you a generic component to cover your most common activities.

Database comprehensiveness

Make sure that all your suite's components have very beefy threat databases. All it takes is one database shortfall to harm your computer. Also, make sure that each component has a wide database of threats along differing types of threats. For example, there are many differing types of viruses. Your antivirus component's database should reflect this fact.

Frequency of updates

Even the most comprehensive database is essentially worthless if it isn't updated to include the latest and greatest threats. Make sure that the suites you are considering update frequently. The more updates the better. Be careful of batch or default manual updates. If you can, inquire if the updates are real or if they just “check” the update database. Select suites that actually update instead of just pinging the software's update online repository.

Technical Support

Make sure that the suite offers many different modes of support. The most common ones are: support forums, knowledge base, email support, live chat, and phone support. The higher up in this continuum you go, the more expensive and restricted the support. The key is to find a suite that would have your answers available for free. Search the internet for their free support areas and evaluate their offerings based on volume and answered requests. This should also give you an idea on how wide of an installed base the suite has. Choose a suite that has a huge installed base. This would ensure that many questions you may come up with have already been asked and answered in the knowledge base or support forums.

Bottom Line

Most computer users don't have the time, inclination, nor motivation to install several “best of breed” applications on their computers to guard against specific classes of threats. Most would prefer a convenience and comprehensive “all in one” package. However, don't let your system's security be compromised by convenience, look for the most effective all in one suite that fits your particular needs. Following the guidelines above should help you identify the right package for you.