ESET Cyber Security Pro zaps malicious software

Cyber security is a must, especially now that cyber attacks are becoming more common

Purchase ESET Cyber Security Pro zaps malicious software

Troy Media columnist Murray Hill
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SASKATOON, SK, Mar 3, 2015/ Troy Media/ – Back in ‘The Day’ Mac owners used to laugh at PC owners with all their little viruses and malware they had to deal with. There were no viruses for the Mac platform for a long time, but, like all good things, that has definitely come to an end. You’re simply not safe online any more unless you’ve got some software to protect your computer.

I’ve tried quite a number of the available software for Macs over the years, both those that provide free versions and those that are free 30-day trials, and I’ve bought several different types.

So far the best of all of them as far as I’m concerned is ESET Cyber Security Pro. ESET’s been around a while – its PC software has been available for 28 years now so they’ve seen just about everything in terms of malware and viruses over the years.

Cyber Security Pro doesn’t slow system down

One of the issues I’ve had with other software like ESET is the negative effect it has on my system. ESET, more than any other that I’ve tested out, seems to have a lot less real time impact on my system. Even while running a clean on the entre system ESET Cyber Security Pro doesn’t appear to slow down the system appreciably. Some other ones I tried brought everything to a halt while the software ran.

I also really like how ESET Cyber Security Pro automatically handles the scanning of my computer and, if it finds anything, how it first tries to get rid of the little nasties it finds. If it can’t get rid of it it encrypts the infected file and puts it in quarantine, where it can sit forever because it won’t run again.

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ESET’s Cyber Security Pro can literally save your bacon

Installation is very simple – setup the download from ESET and then decide whether you’d like to try to the 30-day free trial or buy the software outright. ESET Cyber Security comes in three flavours – Pro, Standard and Multi-Device versions. The Multi-Device version will run on OSX, Windows or Android and is suitable for up to six different devices.

Both Cyber Security and Cyber Security Pro are for one Mac and are compatible with OSX Yosemite. Each provides antivirus and antispyware, anti-phishing, removable media control, a social media scanner, cloud-powered scanning and auto-updates.

The Pro version costs US$59.99 for one year and offers anti-theft, a personal firewall and parental controls while Cyber Security costs US$39.99. Both are one-year licenses, but you can buy up to five years and add additional Macs to cover if you wish. For instance, Cyber Security Pro will cover up to five Macs for five years for US$179.99.

I don’t know how many times the virus definition file has automatically updated itself in the month and a half I’ve been running the software, but suffice to say it’s been quite often. That’s great, because it means the folks at ESET are on top of things, making sure the software is as up-to-date as possible. It’s bad because there are so many threats out there.

If you don’t have something like ESET Cyber Security protecting your computer then you’ll get into trouble sooner or later so I’d suggest you get at it and protect yourself. With all the online banking we do, it’s critical we protect ourselves, and if under US$60 a year provides that security then it’s money very well spent.

PROS: Easy installation, 30-day trial of fully functioning software, great price, no real interruptions while using your computer, checks social media use, fully automatic protection.

CONS: No hotkeys for frequently used tools.

TO SUM IT UP: Securing your computer should be at the top of your To Do list for 2015. Regardless of whether you have a Mac or a PC, or run iOS or Android or Windows, you should do your best to protect yourself from malicious software. Attacks will probably become more common than ever, so software like ESET’s Cyber Security Pro can literally save your bacon.

Troy Media columnist Murray Hill reviews products weekly. You can follow Murray on Twitter at @MurrayDHill.

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