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  • Avira Ultimate Protection Suite

    Posted on 24/08/2015 by | Comments Off on Avira Ultimate Protection Suite

    Security in computer and over internet connections are a major concern in present days. With more available resources to get connected to the vast network, there have been more exposed threats to a computer or person than any time ever before. Hence, a security software is required on computers and even on the handheld devices. Many latest security software comes in three basic editions where the basic edition offers a standalone antivirus, one version for handheld devices and another one sort of all-in-one suite where every core modules are attached. Avira Ultimate Protection Suite is that all-in-one pack, but no firewall or spam filter comes built in.

    Pricing Comparison

    Avira Ultimate Protection Suite combines all the basic modules a security suite may need except the firewall, and priced only $139.99 for the bundle. Depending on the licensing, the price may begin from $89.99. Comparing with other programs, Avira Ultimate Protection Suite costs slightly higher. For example, the BitDefender Total Security Suite is priced $69.95 for standard one PC license while the same on Avira costs $89.99. There isn’t a firewall or spam filter, either. However, judging the accuracy we would still say the higher price with Avira is justified.


    Internet Security

    Even though there’s no firewall built in, still the Ultimate Protection Suite works pretty well at scanning files that are coming to the user’s computer through internet and an in-depth scan for malwares is active in the background as well. The files would be scanned if any malicious activity is detected and the files would later be flagged, with a warning to the user. The internet security on the Avira Ultimate Protection Suite is still very basic, there are lacking some features like social network protection, password vault, and untraceable virtual keyboard, backup and restore features and a firewall. However, to ensure the deleted files have been deleted permanently a file shredder is included within the bundle.

    Why is it still a topper?

    A question is naturally supposed to arise – even though a whole lot of features are absent, how could the Avira be very popular. The performance in detecting and deleting virus off a computer is outstanding; proven through various different independent AV-tests. Avira Ultimate Protection Suite had to go through nearly two dozens of individual tests and the scores were highest in class.

    On the other hand, the accuracy has been proven to be very high. Unlike many other antivirus software, this one hadn’t gone through any hit-and-miss case. If Avira detected a file as infected, the file was truly infected. The modules are mostly online in background, yet no significant slowing down was notified. For example, while most other AV programs in the industry slows down the computer by three seconds on average, it’s only around one second on average for Avira Ultimate Protection Suite. A finalized accuracy rate of 98% has been achieved through various test results; placing this suite one among the top 10 list of 2015.


    For the pricing, Avira Ultimate Protection Suite couldn’t be a wrong pick. However, for people who need features like firewall, parental controls and spam filter – should choose a different program.

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  • LifeLock Standard ID Theft Protection Review

    Posted on 30/06/2015 by | Comments Off on LifeLock Standard ID Theft Protection Review

    Identity theft over an unsecured internet connection is somewhat very common. Many people tend to overlook security threats while transacting cash over public Wi-Fi connections, or processing confidential data over unsecured connections. Over the web there’s all sort of traps and being compromised without even knowing is something that happens to millions of people every day. The most common type of identity theft is cloning of credit cards, most people often notice such only when the credit balance goes far beyond their actual limit. To protect the internet users from identity theft there are plenty of paid programs with different pricing. LifeLock is an identity theft prevention program and its pricing starts from $9.99 per month.

    Detailed Pricing

    To accommodate identity theft protection facility for maximum users, the pricing is defined in three different tiers. The standard protection is the first package from LifeLock, the pricing is $9.99 per month or $109.89 annually – few bucks will be waived if paid for all 12 months at once. The second tier is known as LifeLock Advantage plan, and it comes for $19.99 per month or $219.89 per year. Last but not the least, the third tier aka LifeLock Ultimate Plus is offered in $29.99 per month of $329.89 per year. All tiers offer some discounts when the price for a whole year is paid at once.

    Unlike many other software in the similar category, LifeLock doesn’t offer any free trial period. Hence, any willing user would need to get their hands on the full version from the very first month. Signing up for an account takes the users’ credit card number and charges the monthly fee on the desired date every month.


    Signing Up

    Registration for LifeLock Identity Theft protection isn’t much different from any other paid online services. The credit card number and all other required personal information will be collected for billing. After signing up is done, the procedures in LifeLock UI collects all necessary data without causing any hassle or confusion to the user. Email verification is required to use the service. After account setup, it may take up to 24 hours to verify all data and start up all services.

    Once the account is set up and running, a wizard based setup on the LifeLock website would collect all the identity information that needs protecting. All your bank account data, pin codes and passwords, credit and debit cards, driving license and social security number, passport number etc. alongside mailing address and contact number would be taken. For security verification, LifeLock uses your mother’s maiden name. Be careful with the answer, though.

    Alert and Notification

    Once all your data is collected by LifeLock, the software automatically start looking for unwanted usage of your details. If someone tries to open a fake bank account or some other policy, the LifeLock subscriber will immediately be alerted and ask for verification. You can also find out on how many public records your personal details does appear on the internet. This would help you have a clear vision of how your identity is being handled online.


    Faking an identity theft to test the software’s functionalities wasn’t possible as LifeLock would detect such to a threat to our identity and cause enormous trouble. However, the software works very well and does what exactly it is supposed to do. LifeLock is all your private investigator, lawyer and insurance at the same time against ID theft – and we would recommend this software.

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  • Nuance Dragon Naturally Speaking 13: Home Edition Review

    Posted on 21/06/2015 by | Comments Off on Nuance Dragon Naturally Speaking 13: Home Edition Review

    Dictation software makes preparing a typed document on a computer much less stressful. Not all software that recognises speech and converts the speech into text is accurate and precise, but Dragon Naturally Speaking from Nuance is specifically one of the best in its class. The current version of this software is 13 and we have reviewed the home edition. Even though it’s a Home edition, almost all required practical features are included within; only the licensing doesn’t support professional usage and hence the naming. The software comes for Windows platform only, and pretty much all in-use versions are supported even the latest Windows 10.


    The pricing varies for the three different versions. Even under the Home edition, there are two different types of bundle and another one comes exclusively for mobile devices. The standard issue Naturally Speaking 13 costs around $158.29 and the wireless edition comes for $229. The wireless version packs a Bluetooth wireless headset for better speech recognition and hands free operation so your hands keep free and could be used in managing documents.

    The mobile edition comes for $229 as well, instead of a wireless headset this version comes with a Phillips Digital Voice Recorder so that you could better manage your speech and use the very same file to use as an input on the Dragon Naturally Speaking software, reduces a whole lot of works.


    Difference between Home and Premium

    If you would like to know what you miss in the Home edition then here it is –Excel and PowerPoint integration on the Dragon software and the ability to use a custom made vocabulary list. For people who are heavily reliant on dictation software for preparing their documents, spreadsheets and presentation – should go ahead for the Premium version for few couple more bucks.

    Premium version allows the user to not only create and edit a document on the Word, Excel or PowerPoint software alone but also lets the user control the features on the software. After a stressful day using the mouse and keyboards may not seem to be the best feasible options and the voice control is truly helpful in these times. On the other hand, vision impaired people could work on these software without an assistant as the premium version of Dragon plays back user’s own speech as the document is being dictated.

    Improvements in Version 13

    The latest version doesn’t only focus on office products, rather surfing the web becomes one major concern now. The commands are now extended in order to make them fit with all popular web browsers. And speaking of browsers – Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer is currently supported; hopefully Microsoft Edge will be supported sooner enough. POP3 or IMAP email clients are supported as well, sending emails without using hands is now possible through the Dragon Naturally Speaking 13 functionalities.

    According to the users of version 13, the latest version offers up to 15% more accuracy and precision than the previous version.


    For Windows, there are better options for higher price tag. But for the price range Dragon Naturally Speaking 13: Home Edition belongs to, this one happens to be the best dictation software with the highest functionalities. Dragon certainly wonderfully converts your speeches into accurate text and also efficiently operates your computer.

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