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Norton Mobile Security

Worried by the <a href="http://blogs.computerworld.com/18746/android_malware">spate of news stories</a> about <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9218831/Spike_in_mobile_malware_doubles_Android_users_chances_of_infection">malware targeting Android phones and tablets</a>? There's a way to get some peace of mind: Symantec's just-released Norton Mobile Security, which promises the same type of <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/s/topic/17/Security">security</a> for <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9178688/Android_news_reviews_more">Android</a> devices that its big brother counterpart offers for PCs. (The app was previously available as a beta.)

Preston Gralla | 16 Aug | Read more

Still Smart, Still Free: KeePass Keeps Your Passwords Safe

KeePass solves an increasingly important dilemma: How to <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/221505/the_wrong_way_to_manage_your_passwords.html">keep track</a> of all of your passwords, whether they be for email services, Web sites, bank accounts, or what have you. Increasingly, we are inundated with passwords, with no easy way to keep track of them. The free <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,157063/description.html">KeePass</a> does the job neatly.

Preston Gralla | 25 Jul | Read more

IT caught in crossfire when it comes to smartphone privacy

The news that iPhones, iPads and Android devices secretly track the locations of their owners poses a potentially serious dilemma for IT staffs. If someone's manager asks IT to retrieve that data and hand it over, what should IT do? We certainly have to acknowledge that a device that's used for business purposes but automatically tracks personal information blurs the line between personal and corporate information.

Preston Gralla | 10 May | Read more

10 must-have utilities for small networks

If you have a small network at your business or at home, you need help -- and lots of it. For your home network, you are by default the network administrator. You may also be the de facto network administrator at work, in addition to the other job titles you could claim. And if you are the acknowledged network administrator, you probably have little or no backup staff.

Preston Gralla | 14 Apr | Read more

Norton mobile utilities for Android beta

The Norton Mobile Utilities beta for Android is a useful but somewhat buggy suite of free tools that any self-respecting Android geek will want to download and test. To a certain extent, it's a proof of concept, because Symantec has not yet decided whether the app will ever become a full-blown product and, if it does, whether it will be free or for pay. Still, it's well worth the download.

Preston Gralla | 18 Feb | Read more

AVG Internet Security 2011

AVG Internet Security 2011, which shipped on Tuesday, offers the full complement of tools you'd expect in an all-in-one security suite, packaged in a simple-to-use interface and offering integration with popular browsers and Outlook. But the software is marred by annoying attempts to upsell you to other products, and a scanning engine that may slow down your system.

Preston Gralla | 14 Oct | Read more

10 essential (and free!) security downloads for Windows

To use an Internet-connected computer is to be insecure and place your privacy in danger. Spyware, viruses, Trojans and assorted malware are everywhere on the Net, trying to hop onto your PC and cause damage. Snoopers want to get at your personal information for nefarious purposes, such as identity theft.

Preston Gralla | 29 May | Read more

How to protect your wireless network

Bad guys don't target just big, corporate networks. If you have a Wi-Fi network at home or in a small office, intruders may be after you, such as casual "war drivers" who troll city streets, looking for unprotected wireless networks.

Preston Gralla | 27 Sep | Read more