Internet Security Software Buying Guide

In today’s connected world, it’s vital to keep your computer, network and data secure against cyber threats and attacks. Gone are the days where you needed only basic antivirus software for your computer. You now need to be vigilant against viruses, worms, trojans, ransomware, spyware, hackers, fraud and other online dangers. Our buying guide shows you just how crucial internet security software is, and what you should look for.


Antivirus Software vs Internet Security Software

Antivirus software provides basic protection and only targets viruses it is familiar with. Most antivirus software now feature real-time updates to scan and protect your PC against current viruses. However, they may not protect you against other online threats and attacks.

Internet security software provides more comprehensive protection against multiple threats including viruses, malware, spyware and phishing. It prevents and neutralises viruses and malware, protects your identity online and safeguards online transactions. Some internet security software automatically back up your data to cloud storage so you have a copy in case of an attack or accidental loss.


Different Types of Protection

When choosing internet security software, determine the kind of protection you need.

Home Protection

Internet security software for home use is designed to block and remove viruses, avoid spam, provide parental control and more.


Business Protection

Internet security software for businesses is designed to monitor web browsing, block spam and fraudulent emails, prevent phishing, secure employees’ usernames and passwords, and much more. You can protect multiple business devices with a single activation key.


Things to Consider

To ensure you purchase the correct software, consider the following factors.

Number of devices

Check the number of devices you need to protect – this includes computers, tablets and smartphones.

  • Single-device software – ideal if you only need to protect one computer. View range
  • Multi-device software – a convenient option for managing security across multiple devices. View range


Check the operating system requirements to ensure compatibility. This is especially important with multi-device software – ensure that the features are compatible with all the devices you want to protect and the platform they run on: Windows, Mac, iOS or Android.


Purchase options

You can get Internet security software from Officeworks by buying a card or downloading an electronic version.

  • Card: buy a Point of Sale Activation (POSA) card in-store or online. POSA cards are prepaid software packages containing a PIN. Use the PIN to download the software to your computer or access it via the Internet if it’s cloud-based.
  • Download: pay for an electronic software download (ESD) online and receive an activation code to download the software to your computer or access it via the Internet.

Whether you buy a card or download the software, you’ll be purchasing internet security software on a subscription basis for a fixed period, usually 12 months or 24 months. You’ll need to renew your subscription to continue using the software.


Security Tips

In addition to installing internet security software, you can improve safety by following a few simple guidelines.

  • Change your passwords regularly. Use strong, unique passwords that can’t be easily guessed.
  • Don’t provide personal data including credit card information on unsecured sites. Look for a padlock icon to confirm that the site you’re using is secure.
  • Don’t open attachments or click on links in emails if they’re from someone you don’t know.
  • Keep your software and applications up to date.
  • Back up your data regularly on external hard drives or to the cloud.


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