Features to look out for when buying an Internet Security Software.

Internet Security Software is a general phrase used to describe a program that provides security for a computer or network. There are many types of security software including antivirus software, encryption software, firewall software and spyware removal software.

The two most used Internet Security Software for personal computers is Antivirus software (Virus protection software) and AntiSpyware (Spyware protection software).

An all-in-one Internet Security Software package should have the following; An antivirus/antispyware, firewall, real time scanning, website advisory tools, parental controls, privacy protection, Wi-Fi protection, file deletion tool, Device optimization and mobile security app.


Antivirus software is a type of utility used for scanning and removing viruses from your computer. Anti-spyware is a type of software that is designed to detect and remove unwanted spyware programs. Spyware is a type of malware that is installed on a computer without the user’s knowledge in order to collect information about them.


A firewall is software used to maintain the security of a private network. Firewalls block unauthorized access to or from private networks and are often employed to prevent unauthorized Web users or illicit software from gaining access to private networks connected to the Internet.


Real-time scanning is one of the most important features in any antivirus product. With manual scanning, files are checked for malware only when a scan is run. You will not find an infected file until after it is downloaded and you choose to run a scan; but, at this point, the damage may be done! With real-time scanning, your antivirus constantly checks files as they are accessed.


Parental Control is a feature that help parents protect their children while they use the Internet. When you turn on parental controls, you can restrict what content can be accessed.


Data protection is focused on protecting assets from unauthorized use, while data privacy defines who has authorized access. One can say that data protection is mostly a technical control, while data privacy is more of a process or legal matter.


Wireless protection is the prevention of unauthorized access or damage to computers or data using a wireless networks.


File Deletion Tool is a great tool that allows you to securely and fast delete sensitive files from your hard drive. This tool has a special algorithm that after file deletion will overwrite several time data. This action will prevent the deleted files from recovery.

These are the top features you should look out for when purchasing an Internet Security Software. We highly recommend ESET internet security which comes with an Antivirus & Antispyware, Parental Control, personal firewall, exploit blocker, Anti-phishing, banking and payment protection, webcam protection and Home Network Protection.

What Internet Security Software do you use? Tell us in the comment section below.

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