5 Free Security Tools You Likely Haven’t Heard Of (But Should Install)

MakeUseOf | 5/17/2018 | Christian Cawley
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You probably know that your online security is important. But are you using the right tools? Various online attacks target computers every minute of the day, and while standard antivirus tools are good, they’re not designed to cover every base.

The following free security tools will help you to improve your system and network security. You’ve probably never heard of them, but they’re vital to your ongoing online security.

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Why Haven’t I Heard of These Tools?

You’re probably thinking, “I have an online security suite installed already, why do I need these tools?”

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The answer is simple: online security suites can’t look after every single element of your computer’s security. Sure, they can deal with viruses, malware, firewalls, sometimes even ransomware, but overall, these tools are jacks of all trades, and master of none.

Whether you use an all-encompassing online security suite or nothing at all, it’s worth installing these tools and seeing how they can help you:

InSpectre - Checks - PC - Spectre - Bug

InSpectre: Checks your PC for the Spectre bug.

Angry IP Scanner: Checks your network for unauthorized access and bandwidth hogs.

Cybereason - RansomFree - Scans - PC - Ransomware

Cybereason RansomFree: Scans your PC for ransomware activity.

Disconnect: Monitors incoming connections to your browser.

Malwarebytes - Anti-Rootkit - Rootkits - Damage

Malwarebytes Anti-Rootkit: Removes dangerous rootkits, and repairs the damage they cause.

Here’s what you need to know about each of these important tools and why you should be using them in addition to whatever security tools you’re already using.

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Security - Flaw - Intel - CPUs - Meltdown

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