Posted 15 November 2011 - 10:00 AM
THe BEST security is a reputable program-either free or purchased-that YOU like and works well with your system.
It's the one that you decide is easy to understand and use. There is no one size fits all when it comes to computer security. At least not with firewalls and antivirus. What works well for one person may not play nice with someone else's system. Some people have no issues with a program, someone else may find it slows his/her system down to a crawl. The key is to find something that works for you and doesn't impact your system in a negative way.
If you are thinking about purchasing a program, see if that program has a free trial offer. If it does, download and install it. This will give you a chance to find out how it works, if it's user friendly, if it plays nice with your system. I installed McAfee antivirus years ago, it made my system crawl slower than a turtle.
A lot of issues can be avoided simply by using "test driving".
And if you like the program-wait until the trial period is almost over. If at any point you provided your email address to the vendor they may send you an email offering a purchase discount.
Does your ISP offer free internet security to customers? If so, that is an option to explore.