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With almost everyone reliant on a computer or laptop for school, work or leisure, it’s never been more important to protect your devices from things like malware, hackers and viruses.

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What is security software?

Security software is a broad term that encompasses a suit of different types of software designed to protect your computer from viruses, malware, and hackers, ensuring your data and personal information is secure and your computer is running as normal. Security software comes in two main forms; antivirus and internet security. As they perform different tasks, you will need to consider what type of protection your computer or laptop needs.

Why is security software important?

Security software is extremely important for your laptop or computer as it protects your personal information and keeps your device safe and working correctly. Passwords, credit card information and personal data can all be stolen and used by cybercriminals with spyware, while trojan horses, viruses and malware can affect how your device performs or damage it beyond repair.

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Discover the range of security software available at Officeworks.

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Antivirus software

Antivirus software is a program or set of programs that detect, identify and remove viruses and other malicious software like worms, trojans and adware from your device. Some laptops and other devices come pre-loaded with an antivirus program, making it a great form of security for basic computer use. However, if you regularly use the internet, the functions of an antivirus program might be too simple to fully protect your device and you should consider internet security software for extra protection.

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Internet security software

Internet security is a more complex form of antivirus software, protecting your device from dangerous files online, phishing emails, spyware and other viruses and malware. Internet security software often features functions such as firewalls, spyware protection, spam protection, cloud storage for backing up files, password protection and more. This is an all-encompassing computer security software.

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Features and Benefits

What are the benefits of security software?

Security software provides you with peace of mind knowing that your devices are protected from malicious spyware, hackers and viruses. You’ll be able to browse the web, shop online and use your laptop or computer safely.

What to consider when choosing security software

Antivirus software is more suited to the casual users of laptops or computers at home who don't share much personal information or data online. Antivirus software has basic functions for combating viruses from the internet, so activities such as web browsing and online shopping are suitable.

Internet security software sometimes costs more than that of basic antivirus, but it is vital for businesses dealing with payments and client information online.

Number of devices

Antivirus and internet security can be purchased in formats that can be installed on multiple devices. Before you purchase your software, consider how many licenses you will need.


Before buying antivirus or internet security software, you need to check the compatibility of the software. Most work with Windows and macOS operating systems, but to be safe make sure you research the specific software before your purchase. Security software can even work across your tablet and smartphone.

Purchase options

There are two ways to purchase security software.

  • Activation Card: You can head into your local Officeworks store to purchase your security software physically. Software is available as an Activation card (selected software is available with a USB to install directly onto your computer). Each card contains a unique PIN (personal identification number) with instructions to activate your software purchase.
  • Online: You can head to the Officeworks website to purchase your software as a digital download. You will be emailed the authorisation code for the download and you’ll be able to install it without leaving your seat.

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