From smart locks to smart lights, here's the best in smart home tech.
VirusScan 9.0 is a worthwhile upgrade for current VirusScan users, who will benefit from the improved spyware detection. But VirusScan lacks a firewall, making it an incomplete security solution.
McAfee VirusScan 7.0 is a top-notch virus slayer for first-time users, but unless you use Outlook Express or Eudora, VirusScan 6.0 users won't need to upgrade.
Scout is a customizable home security system similar to SimpliSafe, with a couple of intriguing extras.
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Home security options are evolving rapidly, but SimpliSafe is one of our current favorites. If you want a comprehensive, easy-to-use system that features live monitoring, you'll have a hard time finding a better option at a better price.
Now available for preorder, this Indiegogo success story will have your smartphone chirping if anything's amiss in the coal mine you call home.
Trend Micro Internet Security Pro's broad feature set combined with its look and feel make it a serious contender, but its questionable efficacy and middling performance make it a program we're not recommending.
Most people won't need the extra security tools in MIS. You're better off buying the standalone VirusScan 6.0 or Norton Internet Security and downloading a free firewall such as ZoneAlarm.
Going by older detection and removal numbers, Trend Micro AntiVirus plus AntiSpyware offers competent if basic security protection. However, so do many free competitors. This year, we recommend giving Trend Micro AntiVirus plus AntiSpyware 2010 a pass.
Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2010 offers pricey antivirus protection. The 2009 version scored well on independent antivirus detection and removal tests, but be prepared to pay a premium for what you're getting.
While Symantec's protection is solid, the overall user experience within Norton Internet Security 2008 could be much, much better. Not all the features work together, and the program could use fewer system resources. We can also do without the addition of paid services within the technical support section.