The AV-Test November/December Windows 10 Home User test results are in! Here's how they test:
"During November and December 2020 we continuously evaluated 21 home user security products using their default settings. We always used the most current publicly-available version of all products for the testing. They were allowed to update themselves at any time and query their in-the-cloud services. We focused on realistic test scenarios and challenged the products against real-world threats. Products had to demonstrate their capabilities using all components and protection layers."
These products were certified as the top Antiviruses for Windows 10 home-user machines in the November/December 2020 tests.
Top Products that rated 6/6 (top score is 6) in all categories presented in alphabetical order:
These are also rated Top Products, but took a hit for slowing down computer during usage:
Also of note:
To see the entire list and detailed scores go to AV-Test and click on the individual product for their summary. The IT security institute has detailed testing on a number of different products, including Mac, Android and the Internet of Things.
"The Internet interprets censorship as damage and routes around it."
That's a quote I remember from the very early days of my online life. That's exactly what is happening now. Because of the very active censorship that's happening online, clever people are figuring out how to get around it.
I've been using Brave as my primary browser for a couple of weeks now. It's a fussy browser that requires tweaking, but I'm finally getting it to settle down. It's a good browser and the people who work on it seem to genuinely care about privacy.
They also have a unique way of making money, which is great. I'm more than willing to click on an ad that they send occasionally to keep the browser going.
The most recent update to the browser includes a peer to peer protocol that I am anxious to try out. I've been hearing about IPFS for some time now, but until the last couple of weeks, it seems to have moved slowly because it had little visibility. That changed when the mainstream tech giants did a giant sweep of accounts they didn't like.
I recommend Brave as a personal browser for both desktop and for mobile. The mobile version is particularly good. If you are on an older device, you can delete a lot of apps (from websites) that pull in a ton of ads that will slow your device to a crawl. You can access websites in Brave without the ads.
This is the article about what's going on with the peer to peer protocol. Even if you aren't a techie, it makes for interesting reading.
I've recommended Telegram in the past and I continue to recommend it. If you need a way to communicate in a group or with another person in private, it is (IMO) the best way to go.
The GUI is smooth and easy, the privacy settings are simple to figure out. All you need is a telephone number to set it up. It does not have to be your personal phone number - Although, that's just fine too! You can set up an account with a temporary/disposable number, a number from Google Voice (not connected to your account) or with a number from a burner phone.
Telegram has a desktop version for Windows, Mac and Linux. It also works on iPhones, iPads and Android devices. You can also add it as an APK on Android from both F-Droid and APKPure (reputable APK sites) if it becomes unavailable on Google Play.
It's free and an excellent way to add some privacy to your social media.
If you need help with the download or the privacy settings, give us a call. Or check out the web version of Telegram and contact either Tim or Joy on Telegram!