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[Windows] Paid vs Free Software

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#1 auto1571


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Posted 29 July 2015 - 11:17 AM

Well the more I am learning about security the more I am beginning to wonder if Paid software is sometimes better than free software. I am becoming almost convinced that it is possible to make your whole system secure without paying for any other security software. The thing that might be of benefit to of paying for security software might be that it's convenient and a good thing for the lay computer user to rely on.


One thing I did wonder about was real time protection. But there are some free ways of doing this too.


One tool that I did recently come across is K9 Web Protection. Not only is this a parental control program but it also has real time protection and blocks against malicious websites. This program seems to be doing the same thing that some premium software does but all for free. The only annoying thing I find about this though is the amount of time it blocks things prompting you to either allow or go back. But it's the ideal solution, especially if you are a parent or teacher. While I'm at it (And I admit I am digressing a bit here) I'd also like to mention a few other benefits of the program and that is it also blocks anonymizers, VPN's, Proxies, etc. And there is no way of bypassing the program unless you have the admin password. If your interested you can get this here: http://www1.k9webprotection.com/


Anyway what are your views on Paid software vs Free software. Albeit I do use premium stuff myself that I am very happy with but I am beginning to wonder if this all necessary at all or not. Anyway over to you.



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Posted 29 July 2015 - 04:21 PM

An offer of free anti-virus software is essentially a marketing technique...a way of advertising and enticement to get folks to try a product and if they like it, to purchase the full (or Pro) version which typically provides more features. Marketing and promotional strategies are built into the vendor's business model as part of their operating costs. Bottom line...it's all about generating revenue and finding new and creative ways to do so. As such, users may have to deal with occasional nagging pop-ups or nuisance advertising and prompts to upgrade to the paid version. By using such free programs, you are essentially agreeing to the terms of the vendor's service which includes those ads. In some cases you may be able to disable annoying pop-ups through the anti-virus settings if the vendor included an option to disable them. If the vendor does not have such an option listed, then your only alternative is to switch anti-virus software if the pop-up ads annoy you that much.

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