Switching benefits

Recently I identified my desire to move away from a Russian-owned internet security suite given the Ukraine invasion. That of course necessitated finding myself a suitable replacement for something is been quite happy with for years.

I trialled BitDefender, however, found its VPN software was quite sub-par, having to make a number of exception rules for software I was using. Early-on I’d installed on my Surface Pro 8 and was to meet that afternoon with my supervisor, what a comedy of errors that ended up being, camera and microphone were blocked which made my Teams meeting impossible. I have up after this, having had enough and requested a refund.

Deciding to switch I bought a licence for NordVPN whilst awaiting a refund so I might replace the security suite itself. What a difference this VPN is, far better than any I’d used before with far more features which I must admit I’m actually yet to read up on. My previous behaviour with VPNs was just to run occasionally, whilst now I just run and forget.

The refund was ultimately issued yesterday, though I was kindly offered an extension to remain, which I declined. I reviewed each package, and even a report that outlined how each performed in protecting against malicious web links and malware. That report actually gave McAfee a 96% malware detection rate, not necessarily as good as is competitors, though 3% better than Kaspersky who I was with; what really impressed was 100% malicious web link detection rate. I decided to give them a go for one year and see how they perform.

Today, I installed on the Surface Pro 8 and began reviewing some research outputs which involves my having to download PDF documents. What truly impressed was prior to each document being opened McAfee showed those was being scanned. About eight years ago now, a colleague was on several occasions victim of malicious PDF documents; I wonder how such security might have helped her?

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