Security & Privacy

Find expert advice on Internet security and how to protect your online privacy on’s Internet Security & Privacy channel.In the US alone, 146.4 million users were online in March 2008 according to the latest NielsonNet ratings. As Internet use has increased, so too has ‘the dark side of the Net’ – spam, viruses, malware, trojans and hackers. This emerging field of ‘cyber crime’ has led to a variety of software designed to protect your personal information and maintain your online privacy, as well as a growing need for reliable information on best practices for safe surfing.Managing Editor J.F. Amprimoz and his team of technical writers offer an in-depth look at how to best protect your computer and your personal data. In addition to honest security software reviews, you will find original and thought-provoking technology articles such as Paul’s series on Defensive Browsing or his kid-safe browsing primer for parents: Do You Browse Like You Parent?In addition to informative technology articles and information on how to surf safely, join the Bright Hub community to comment on articles and ask questions.

PC Tools Spyware Doctor 5.1 – The Doctor Is In

PC Tools Spyware Doctor 5.1 for Windows has a cure for whatever ails your PC. Malware, and trojans, and spyware, oh my! This anti-spyware software from PC Tools offers an effective security solution with a clean interface which will appeal to all levels of Windows users.

iolo AntiVirus – Can This Rookie Compete?

Judging from the cool-factor of the iolo AntiVirus product icon, users should expect to be wowed. Any product entering an already established niche should knock your socks off. Does iolo AntiVirus match up against the other virus scanners out there, or should you give it a nice big yawn and move on?

SpyEraser 2 – Yet Another Anti-Spyware Tool

SpyEraser 2 from Uniblue Systems protects your PC from spyware, adware, and many other forms of malicious software found in millions of websites. Spyware is becoming much more dangerous and sophisticated. If you don’t have an anti-spyware application such as SpyEraser 2, you will become a victim.

SpyEraser – A Simple Application Helping to Protect Your PC

SpyEraser states that nine out of ten computers connected to the Internet are infected with spyware. Spyware can be frustrating as well as damaging. SpyEraser can help you keep your computer clean and malware free while preventing it from grinding to a halt.

Spy Sweeper 5.5 – At the Head of the Class

With Spy Sweeper 5.5 Webroot continues to set the bar for anti-spyware applications. Spy Sweeper 5.5 is fast and effective in providing the protection that users need against spyware, adware, and other stealthy, malicious software.

CyberScrub AntiVirus Lifetime – Simple or Scant?

The feature-light CyberScrub AntiVirus Lifetime Edition takes the opposite approach to bundling, where the more features that can be packed into software, the more value add for the customer. But does CyberScrub’s virus scanner achieve simplicity like an iPod or scarcity like a stripped-down Escort?

DriveScrubber 3 – Keep Your Hard Drive Clean

DriveScrubber 3 from iolo Technologies uses U.S. Department of Defense standards to ensure all data on a hard drive is permanently disposed of and can never be recovered. Feel secure that your hard drive does not contain ghosts of the past with sensitive financial information or other secrets.

Ad-Aware 2007 – A Great Way to Protect Your PC

Ad-Aware 2007, the recent upgrade from SE Plus, is a must-have utility for detecting and eliminating the increasing amount of adware, malware, spyware, and other advertising and tracking software being dumped on computer users.

Ad-Aware 2007 – This Malware Scanner Doesn’t Add Up

Ad-Aware 2007 has been one of the top malware scanners over the past few years. This latest version falls behind, however, in some significant areas. More importantly, it failed to catch a simulated malware attack on my system.

CA Anti-Virus 2008 – A Rhapsody in Blue

CA Anti-Virus 2008 sports a slick interface, rich options, and solid protection. Users looking for an antivirus program without a lot of extras will be very satisfied with CA’s offering.

eScan AntiVirus Edition -This Edition Lacks Distinction

In a field with two or three heavy hitters, MicroWorld’s eScan lacks the distinction and technical power to compete. An odd user interface, sluggish performance, and poor virus detection round out this less than average product.

Review of ESET NOD32 – The Best Antivirus Solution Around!

“NOD who?” you might well ask. NOD32 is certainly way behind the products of McAfee and Symantec in name recognition. That is just about the only area in which NOD32 trails the competition. When it comes to the important stuff, like speed and detection capabilities, NOD32 is out in front.