Automatic protection that sniffs out automated attacks from documented attackers is a must have. But let’s be honest, all of us at some point have clicked on something we shouldn’t have because we weren’t paying attention or were tricked into thinking it was a legitimate link. Malware creators rely on these mistakes. That’s why you need a second pair of eyes checking for scams. So why not take this opportunity to (re)acquaint yourself with one of the most famous security solutions of them all: AVG AntiVirus Free.
6 Reasons you need AVG AntiVirus Free
1. Malware protection
AVG doesn’t just keep you safe from known malware, it keeps evolving to protect you from new malware strains, too. It identifies suspicious actions and processes from unknown sources and can stop them before it’s too late. AVG Free also offers incredibly fast scans and can remove malware with a single click. It does this in the background, 24/7, without getting in the way of what you're doing on your device.
2. Real-time updates
The problem with scheduled security updates is that a lot can happen between updates. But you need to be confident that as soon as a new threat has been identified you have the security update you need to fix it. This also means there are no more, old-school, annual releases of AVG. Now there’s just one app that continually gets updated with the new features you need. Best of all, you can sit back and let it do it all for you automatically.
3. Email Shield
Email is still a key part of our everyday life. Many of us still rely upon non-cloud apps, like Outlook and Thunderbird, to access our messages. That’s why AVG offers both incoming and outgoing email scans as part of its Free application. Each email is scanned for viruses and phishing links. AVG even offers an optional e-signature to inform you and others that an email has been scanned for safety.
4. Phishing protection
It’s one of the most common forms of scams nowadays... targeting individuals with fake links that are informing them of missed deliveries, late-payments and other tall tales. These types of scams exploded during Covid and are becoming increasingly elaborate. AVG Free provides a second pair of virtual eyes to check that a link is safe before you click on it – and also protects you should you click on it anyway! The good news is that AVG AntiVirus Free will check all your emails, text messages and social media for dodgy links and potential scams.
5. New enhanced Firewall
This new AVG AntiVirus Free feature monitors all network traffic between your PC and the internet to ensure that no unauthorised communications are taking place and that you’re protected from any intrusions. Best of all, it does this silently in the background without bothering you.
It can also scan other devices on your network (a tool that’s often a premium feature on other antivirus offerings) and provide you with all relevant information, status details and resource usage, to ensure they pose no risk. AVG can also notify you when a new network device gets connected and will constantly monitor your network should anything nefarious infiltrate it – whether that be intentionally by a threat actor, or by accident from a trusted user.
6. New Hack Alerts
Another, useful new feature is Hack Alerts. This scans the dark web and other sources of security leaks for your login credentials. It’s rare that someone’s email and password hasn’t been leaked at some point. Unfortunately, even trusted corporations get breached regularly and it’s possible your personal data has been sold on or stolen. Hack Alerts can potentially tell you of a breach before the breached company knows itself, letting you take appropriate steps to protect yourself.
But that’s not all…
AVG AntiVirus Free is also available on your phone, protecting you from malware, and keeping you safe while shopping, banking and browsing the web on the go. It can also secure private files and photos (with fingerprint access if available on your device) and remove the natural build-up of junk files that slow your phone down. Just search for AVG in your App store.
It's likely that you’re using some free software that performs one or more of these security checks already. However, only AVG AntiVirus Free offers this essential collection, in one convenient place, for no charge. With a slick, intuitive interface and a mission to not bother you unless absolutely necessary, it’s a quick-to-install, fire-and-forget necessity that nobody should be without.
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