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What antivirus software do you recommend?

Scotty, what antivirus company to you recommend? Purchased one last year, trying to figure which company, think I took your recommendation…. Thanks Rhonda Gibbons
I do have TunnelBear, do I need more? Should I have in my phone, iPad too, etc? Thanks

TunnelBear is a VPN which is a very good tool to have when traveling while using internet or simply keeping yourself private as you use the internet even in your home. Having a VPN is a wonderful tool.

As for "antivirus" software, I do not recommend any personally. The LARGE MAJORITY of problem I encounter on people's computers are self inflicted, meaning people install garbage software on their own. Antivirus software would not stop you from doing that. Think of antivirus software like locks on your door. If you have 10 super secure locks on your front door, good for you, but if someone knocks on your door and you unlock it and trust that they are who they say they are, but turn out to be bad, those locks didn't help you.

The Mac is a very secure platform and iPhones and iPads are even more secure than Macs. Yes, there are vulnerabilities but Apple is constantly blocking holes and updating security measures. The best antivirus is the user's strong hesitancy to not type their password in when they don't know why they're being prompted to do so. Just hit cancel. If it continues to pop up, you'll soon realize what is cause the password request. Antivirus software will not improve one's judgement. And that's just about the only way the Mac can be affected. If you participate in installing garbage software yourself. There is much more detail and nuance in this topic but I'll leave it at that. I'm not a fan of antivirus software.

Take a look at the scams section of my answers area on my site. None of those scams would have been prevented if the user had been running antivirus. Harm is caused by the bad guys socially engineering their way into your life by convincing you to let your guard down. Clicking a link that was texted to you from supposedly Amazon saying they're having trouble delivering your package. An email saying your bank account has been locked due to fraudulent activity. "Just click here to resolve it.". No, no no. Antivirus wouldn't help you.

Paying for antivirus software is essentially paying someone to guard your house against a Viking attack.
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