10 essential security downloads for WindowsMay 28, 2008 – 6:04 AM
To use an Internet-connected computer is to be insecure and place your privacy in danger. Spyware, viruses, Trojans and assorted malware are everywhere on the Net, trying to hop onto your PC and cause damage. Snoopers want to get at your personal information for nefarious purposes, such as identity theft.
Operating systems of all kinds are under assault, but the prime target is Windows, because the vast majority of PCs worldwide use that operating system. If you use Windows, hackers have you in their cross hairs.
Luckily, there’s plenty of free software for Windows that can help protect your privacy and security. I’m not talking about anemic, underpowered applications. I’m talking about industrial-strength tools that can do everything that expensive security software does.
With all the free stuff out there, which software should you choose? I’ve selected 10 of my favorite programs that can protect your privacy and security. Download and install them, and you’ll be far safer against all the nastiness out there.