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How Much Does Internet Security Software Cost?

 
average costHome Internet Security Software: $60-$80high costBusiness Internet Security Software: $472-$40,000+
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Internet security software protects the computer while the user is online by preventing attacks from infected computers and malicious users. Typically, internet security software blocks a wide variety of malware including viruses, computer worms, spyware and Trojan horses. The software suites also often block phishing, the acquisition of someone's sensitive information. Like anti-virus software, internet security software can be bundled with other utilities in a suite or sold as a standalone program.

Typical costs:

  • Most Internet security software for home computers, both Macs and PCs, costs $60-$80. The basic Internet security software suite includes utilities to block spam emails, a firewall to block hackers, and utilities to prevent spyware and adware from infecting home computers. For example, Webroot Internet Security Complete[1] is $80 and provides real-time protection against viruses, hackers, spam, and identity theft.
  • Internet security software for gamers varies slightly from those who need protection while surfing online. Some software suites include features that protect gamers without slowing down or interfering with gameplay. Anti-virus for gamers specifically targets phishing scams, password stealers and only updates during off hours. Like other home protection suites, these cost $60-$80. BitDefender Total Security 2011[2] , for example, offers gaming features for $80.
  • For businesses, large or small, the cost of internet security software is largely dependent on the number of workstation licenses required. A business will typically pay $20-$70 per license. Symantec Protection Suite Small Business Edition[3] is $472 for a 10-license pack and one year of maintenance. For larger businesses, those with up to 1,000 workstations, Internet security protection can cost up to $40,000. Trend Micro Worry-Free Business Security[4] costs $2,700 for 100 workstations for 12 months.
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What should be included:
  • Internet security software should include firewall protections to block hackers, spam filters for email, and anti-phishing utilities to protect malicious users from obtaining sensitive, personal information. Often, Internet security software is package with anti-virus software in suites that protect and repair a variety of computer maladies.
  • Regular updates of virus definitions -- if antivirus is part of the Internet security software -- should be part of the package. With new viruses created every day, regularly updated virus definition files are sent to a computer so it is aware of all new threats.
  • Parental controls and monitoring capabilities are frequently included in Internet security software. Parental controls restrict web surfing and blocks sites with objectionable content.
Additional costs:
  • Like anti-virus software, Internet security software needs to be upgraded or replaced annually.
Discounts:
  • It can be cost-effective for businesses to purchase more than one year of Internet security plans. Kaspersky office security products[5] are discounted for each additional year of protection purchased.
  • Generally, Internet security software costs less later in the year. Online stores like Amazon[6] offer discounted prices on software later in the year. Consumers can save up to 50% on anti-virus software by waiting to purchase it until April or May. Amazon also offers free shipping on some items.
  • Some software makers offer 30-day free trials of their software. For example, AVG[7] offers a free download of its 2011 software, which includes virus protection and protection from malicious websites for 30 days.
Shopping for internet security software:
  • TopTenReviews provides comparison guides for Internet security software for homes[8] and businesses[9]
  • The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team provides tips for gamers[10] to avoid security risks.
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External Resources:
  1.  www.webroot.com/En_US/consumer-products-secureanywhere-complete.html
  2.  www.bitdefender.com/solutions/total-security.html
  3.  www.symantec.com/products-solutions/products/buy.jsp?pcid=pcat_storage&pvid=prot_suite_...
  4.  buyonline.trendmicro.com/store/trendsb/en_US/home
  5.  usa.kaspersky.com/store/business-security
  6.  www.amazon.com/s/ref=s9_dnav_bw_ir01_s?node=2251986011&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=ce...
  7.  free.avg.com/us-en/free-antivirus-download
  8.  internet-security-suite-review.toptenreviews.com/
  9.  internet-security-suite-review.toptenreviews.com/small-business-internet-security/
  10.  www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=3&ved=0CDoQFjAC&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.us-cert.gov%...
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