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Protection - Types of Security Software

Anti-Virus Software

Antivirus Software category contains programs developed to detect and remove computer viruses and other virus-related software from users' computers. Most software includes on-demand and scheduled antivirus scans. Many programs now include real-time antivirus protection and further spyware protection. Notable titles include AVG, Avira AntiVir, and Avast.

Corporate Security Software

Corporate Security Software includes programs developed to protect computers and networks for companies and small businesses. The software in this category may securely delete files, monitor networks, encrypt data, manage terminal access, and utilize tracking software for evaluating employee behavior.

Encryption Software

Encryption Software includes programs that ensure data privacy. The software in this category may encrypt files, directories, and drives using methods such as AES-256, Blowfish, Serpent, and Twofish. Notable titles include Roboform and TrueCrypt.

Firewall Software

Firewall Software consists of programs designed to monitor and control the flow of traffic between computers and networks. Firewalls are generally used to prevent unauthorized access to computers or networks. The programs in this category can allow, restrict, encrypt, or proxy computer traffic based on settings and definitions such as trust levels. Notable titles include ZoneAlarm and Comodo.

Monitoring Software

Monitoring Software includes programs developed to track and record computer behavior. The software in this category may log Web sites visited, record keystrokes, take screenshots, or block adult content. Most of the tracking software is designed to monitor children or employees.

Parental Control Software

Parental Control Software programs are tools for monitoring your children's computer activities and for filtering Internet content. Notable titles include NetNanny and Parent Cyber Alert.

Privacy Software

Privacy Software are programs developed to keep users' personal information safe as they browse the Web, mostly by allowing users to delete Internet tracks. Software programs in this category can also mask IP addresses, remove junk files, securely shred sensitive computer files, or encrypt information. Notable titles include CCleaner and Webroot Window Washer.

Spyware Removers

Spyware Removers include software designed to detect and remove spyware, adware, and other malware such as keyloggers, rootkits, Trojan horses, and browser hijackers. Many antispyware software programs also detect and eliminate computer viruses. Notable titles include Ad-Aware 2008, SpywareBlaster, and Spybot.