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7 Excellent Online Security Blogs Worth Subscribing To

Guest writer Mary Ward, takes you on a tour of 7 security Blogs that can help you stay safe on the Internet.

    image The issue of privacy, more specifically as it relates to online security, is a hot topic these days. As people use the Internet for more and more of their everyday functions, they want to understand what online security means and how it relates to them.

    While people fear for the safety of their own information, they can look to some very knowledgeable resources in the blogosphere for help.  You can learn most everything within the world of online security by visiting these top blogs.

    7 Online Security Blogs You Should Know:

    1. 1 Raindrop – Written by a software architect, there is a unique and extremely relevant point of view presented on the topic of online security. This blog is written by an individual who understands the topic firsthand and therefore can bring insight on current trends as he is considered to be an expert in the field. Not only does he keep up with informative blog posts but talks about his speaking engagements and the reaction they get from the general public.
    2. Freedom to Tinker –   The nice part about this blog is that it offers many different featured authors as part of the following and for whom the actual blog posts come from. Not only does this mean unique points of view, but it also allows for individuals to contribute and keep followers informed on various areas of online security. This is well worth following to keep up with current trends and to see what the latest news is with online security because that is at the core of every contributing author on here.
    3. Exhaustive Research – A very intriguing blog that not only dives into the concept of online security but also how it relates to human behavior and the world in general. If the blog posts weren’t to capture your attention, the comments by those who regularly follow this blog can often keep you on the edge of your seat.
    4. Another Set of Teeth – You can tell that this comes from an IT professional who has a distinct point of view and that’s what keeps people coming back. He represents his views thoughtfully but without apology as he tackles the issues of hacking and online security for the general public. It’s a refreshing point of view as it’s not only informative but very honest too.
    5. Security Buddha – Though online security is at the center of this blog, there are so many other security issues that this blogger delves into. You can learn about everything from hacking to keeping your information safe—even learn about airport security. He takes his security issues very seriously and therefore brings a much respected point of view.
    6. Avi Rubin’s Blog – Sure it’s just one blogger writing about his unique point of view, but it’s rather intriguing. He spells out up front his desire to dive into the specific areas of security evaluators and network security, amidst many other topics that are pertinent. This is one individual who not only knows about the world of online security, but also about how to write in an interesting and relevant manner.
    7. Meta Security – There are a variety of different topics and authors that make this an excellent blog to follow. Though online security is just one of the many topics, including money laundering and fraud, you can learn a little bit about a whole lot of topics within the security world.

    More and more we find that the issue of online security is one that needs addressing.  Follow along with these top security bloggers and get the information you need to surf and work the web confidently and securely.

    This is a guest post by Mary Ward who writes about various safety, security, and legal career topics, including how to obtain a court reporting degree. Checkout what Mary has to say on top court reporting degree programs.

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    7 Freeware Security Apps Everyone Should Download

    Guest writer Mary Ward, gives you the lowdown on her choices of the best free security programs you need to safeguard your computer.

    adware 4 You most likely cannot count the number of times that you have went to all the trouble to download a security app that claims it will take care of all the problems with your computer for absolutely no charge to you at all.

    How many times did the app actually perform as it was expected to do? Better still, how often did the free app turn out to be not so free after all? Often the answer to these questions is a big fat zero.

    Unfortunately, the majority of software companies tend to use catchy gimmicks to pull customers in and convince them to purchase their overpriced security apps.

    You may get a month of free service, but then you will have to pay the cost for a complete subscription if you wish to continue to use the software. In addition, other software that is supposed to keep your computer secure at no charge will simply scan your computer for any bugs, but do nothing about it.

    The picture may look bleak, but there are real, honest freeware security programs that provide excellent computer security for no cost.

    7 Real Free Security Apps For Your Computer

    In order to keep your computer as safe as possible without completely emptying your wallet, you can try these free security apps that everyone should download:

    1. Ad-Aware SE Personal
      Perhaps the most popular, this is an all-encompassing tool for removing spyware from your computer system. You will be able to maintain a huge database of blacklisted spyware types as well as identify any malicious program code in order to provide you with the greatest possible protection for your computer system for hard-to-eliminate spyware.
    2. Spybot – Search & Destroy
      This app uses a special technique for performing deep scans in order to cleanse you computer system more effectively from some of the most difficult to understand types of spyware. You will also be able to blacklist a number of specific kinds of spyware in order to keep it from ever popping up on your computer system ever again in the future.
    3. Avast Home Edition
      This is a complete anti-virus suite that includes email protection, a firewall, internet traffic filtering, real time scanning, automatic virus database updates and much, much more.
    4. Sophos Anti-Rootkit
      This one will eliminate complicated rootkits as well as a number of different kinds of malware that may be hiding on your personal or network computer.
    5. ZoneAlarm
      This is one of the most popular and all-inclusive firewall suites available for download. It includes a rule set that is easily customizable as well as a highly effective system that will warn you any time your computer is at risk. Be sure to click “I only want basic ZoneAlarm protection” or else you will end up downloading only a free trial version of the app.
    6. Thunderbird
      This email client is secure and very easy to customize to suit your needs perfectly. It comes with encryption capabilities, phishing protections and spam filters.
    7. Firefox
      This web browser is a favorite of many thanks to its awesome security features and all the great add-on you can get to go with it.

    These apps make life on the internet much safer for not only you, but also anyone who comes in contact with you via your computer.  Stay safe and enjoy your web browsing and productivity with these 7 freeware security applications.

    This is a guest post by Mary Ward who writes about various safety, security, and legal career topics, including how to obtain a court reporting degree. Checkout what Mary has to say on top court reporting degree programs.

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