Have a loved one with an unpatched computer? Or someone who does mobile banking or has difficulty remembering passwords? Consider some of these IT security solutions for their stockings.
Spammers aren't taking the holiday off, so end users shouldn't
either. For those interested in doing some holiday shopping, here is a
short list of products to consider for that security-minded someone.
The products span a number of technologies, from anti-virus to Web
Norton Internet Security 2009
Symantec's latest Web security product targets known bad files to
speed scanning, delivers "pulse updates" every 5 to 15 minutes, and
includes improved protection against botnets and Web-based attacks.
Trend Micro Internet Security 2009
Trend Micro's Internet security offering includes protection for as
many as three PCs per license, and features malware protection and
parental controls that allow users to block inappropriate Web sites
based on specific categories.
McAfee Internet Security 2009
McAfee's product includes a new Do Not Disturb mode that allows
users to watch movies and slide shows and play video games
uninterrupted while the McAfee product defers updates, tasks and
Webroot Antivirus Version 6.0
The new version of the Webroot offering includes integration with
the Webroot Automated Research Network as well as free online backup.
There is also free U.S.-based costumer support.
Kaspersky Mobile Security
The Kaspersky product includes a number of features to protect users
in the event that their mobile phone is lost or stolen, including the
ability to send an SMS (Short Message Service) message to the phone to
block access without a password.
McAfee VirusScan Mobile
McAfee VirusScan Mobile includes malware scanning and protection at
multiple entry and exit points, including e-mail, instant messages,
attachments, SMS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
Norton Smartphone Security
Symantec's product targets SMS spam by blocking short text and
multimedia messages from unknown senders, while also offering
protection against malware. It supports both the Windows and Symbian
AVG Anti-virus 8.0
There is also a free version of this product available, but the paid
version includes a number of features not in the free edition, such as
rootkit detection and "Safe Surf" technology.
Eikon and Eikon to Go
UPEK's fingerprint scanner, which works for Macs and Windows PCs,
allows users to swipe their finger for access to the desktop and from
there load usernames and passwords for online accounts.
Sunbelt Counterspy Version 3.0
Sunbelt Software's security product includes new rootkit protection
and increased scan speed and reduced memory and CPU usage. The user
interface also has a new Overview page that displays system health.