5 Tips for Keeping Your WordPress Site Secure

May 8, 2017

5 Tips for Keeping Your WordPress Site Secure

With around 75 million websites powered by it, WordPress is an enticing target for hackers. And, despite the performance gains associated with the new PHP 7 implementation this year, there are still some security concerns that need to be ironed out for this scripting language. Fortunately, if you take the following steps, you are sure to decrease your site’s vulnerability to a cyber-attack:

1.       Optimize Folder and File Permissions

Any developer should explore WordPress’s default file permissions. It is crucial that you develop a brief understanding of the default permissions even though messing around with them generally isn’t advisable. Basically, they determine which users have access to open, modify, and read the content of relevant files. Permissions like 777 should be avoided since they allow users to read, write, and delete folders.

2.       Update WordPress Regularly

You are prompted to update your current version of WordPress whenever a new update is rolled out. Additionally, there are notifications for when an installed plugin or theme needs to be updated. There are usually good reasons for why notifications keep showing up. Updates are pretty straightforward. Though it is enticing to choose automatic updates, you should avoid it since it takes any incompatibilities out of your hands.

3.       Hide Default URLs

WordPress assigns you two default URLs – wp-login.php and wp-admin.php – at the time of installation. It is simple for hackers to get access to your website’s entry point since they are the same URLs for every WordPress site. You can effectively protect your WordPress site further against brute force attacks by hiding your backend URLs. Hiding your login page minimizes malicious login attempts by preventing widespread access.

4.       Secure Admin and Login Screens

Another way to ward off brute force attacks is by limiting the number of login attempts from a single source over a set period of time. An IP address’s access will be limited for a given amount of time after it unsuccessfully tries to login with different password and username combinations. Also, consider removing the option of notifying users what field they have made a mistake in.

5.       Keep Your Site Backed up

You should back up your site at least every week. Also, before you make any changes to your site’s core files, a backup is a good idea. This simple step will ensure your site is easy to restore if there is a hacking attempt or a faulty plugin.

When you follow these simple tips, you will make it harder for hackers to mess with your WordPress site. 

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Written By: Jocelyn Brown

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Big Data is Changing the Face of the Online World

April 20, 2017

Big Data is Changing the Face of the Online World

Today, there is more data available than ever before. Every online transaction, mouse click, social media like, share or retweet – indeed every webpage you click on – creates its very own data stream. As the amount of data has increased, the tools and techniques for collating, sorting and analyzing it have also advanced. Welcome to the world of big data analytics. Welcome to the future.

Understanding of the marketing and strategic insights that big data can provide is still in its infancy, but as organizations devote more and more of their time and budgets into cutting-edge big data analytics, it is becoming clear that this new paradigm will bring unprecedented growth and evolution to the Internet, and to our relationship with it.

Big data in action

Sometimes, it can already feel like we are in some Orwellian society and Big Brother is watching us. How often have you searched the net for something, only to log on to Facebook and be bombarded with banner ads for just what you were seeking?

Right there, is a simple form of big data in action. All sorts of services are silently watching what we do and how we do it in order to predict our next move, and this will advance exponentially over the coming years, as methods of data analytics improve.

For example, even as you read this, your LinkedIn profile is quietly at work, connecting you with career opportunities and Siri is sitting patiently on your wrist, monitoring your health and exercise.

A bespoke and personalized user experience

As we look to the future, increased usage of big data across business, social media and e commerce sites will lead to a more user-driven experience as we surf the net. Each website will increasingly seek to present data in a customized way that is designed to appeal to you and anticipate your needs.

Programmatic not problematic

The word has drawn some negative media attention in recent weeks, but programmatic business transactions are clearly the way forward. The problems reported in the newspaper are more down to a lack of understanding in application, an inevitable hurdle with any new and developing technology.

The truth is that ultimately, programmatic transactions will provide a more optimized and cost-efficient decision making process than any manual system can hope to do.

Implications that go beyond the web

Big data might be largely born of the Internet, but its implications and applications will go way beyond it into the physical world. From self-driving cars to automatically adjusted airline bookings on the basis of weather conditions, it will seep into our lives and our consciences whether we like it or not.

The future is already here.

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Written By: Jocelyn Brown

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Best eCommerce Website Platforms for Small Business

April 11, 2017

Best eCommerce Website Platforms for Small Business

There’s money to be made in eCommerce, and just about anyone can build a successful eCommerce business. Besides a great product, you’ll need a killer website. Here are three of the best eCommerce website platforms to choose from.

Shopify

Shopify is the leading eCommerce platform, and for good reason. The designs look great right out of the box. You can choose from about 20 free templates and over 80 more than you’ll pay for. The designers at Shopify stay up-to-the-minute on trends, so your shop will look fresh and current.

Shopify offers a host of features like inventory management, support for 70 payment gateways, the ability to offer discount codes and gift cards, unlimited SKUs, and more. It’s super easy to get up and running. Unlike many other platforms, it’s not open source, so you’re kind of married to it, but there’s enough functionality to do just about anything you want.

WooCommerce

WooCommerce is a plugin for WordPress, so it ‘borrows’ the design of your WordPress theme. Some of the WordPress themes have been designed to work with WooCommerce in mind, so if you’re starting from scratch building a website and an eCommerce store, choose one of these themes for the whole package. If you’re in a hurry, use Storefront, the default store theme. It’s free, and will certainly get the job done. WooCommerce is open source, so you can download it for free from WordPress. But once you get the software for free, you will pay for hosting, an SSL certificate, and a top-level domain.

Magento

Magento is another open source platform, with themes that start at $1. Like WooCommerce, Magento is open source, and there are at least 5,000 (yes, 5,000) apps and add-ons you can use with it. If you have some technical aptitude and the time to spend, Magento may allow you to have a more customizable and unique site than the other two.

All three of these platforms offer responsive design, SEO capabilities, customization and blog functionality (although Magento’s blog capability is by way of a plug-in).

To determine which of these platforms is right for your eCommerce site, consider what you need. How many SKUs do you plan to have? What payment gateway will you use? Do you need to be able to drop ship? Do you want to offer gift cards? How do you want to handle abandoned carts? Try to envision the entire ordering process, from start to finish, in every scenario you can think of. And consider what you may need a few years from now, not just today.

Then look at the price. This can be a complicated comparison because different platforms price differently. Once you’ve identified what you need, you can compare the price you’ll actually pay. That will give you a true basis for comparison.

You can set up an impressive eCommerce site on any of these platforms. Comparing them for your specific needs will point you in the right direction.

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PDF Converter Elite 5 for Windows (5.0.4) – Paidware Review

April 1, 2017

The Rating Scale Breakdown:

  • 0  – 0.5 – Abysmal
  • 1.0 – 1.5 – Terrible
  • 2.0 – 2.5 – Poor
  • 3.0 – 3.5 – Average
  • 4.0 – 4.5 – Great
  • 5.0 – Excellent
  • Undetermined – Too soon to tell or lacking evidence to provide a solid answer
  • Not Tested – Has yet to be requested or there is some limitations to prevent accurate test results
  • N/A – Not Available and or Not Applicable to this program

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A. Cost: $99.95 for Full License. The Retail Disc Version Costs a further $10.00 to ship worldwide. On top of that, if you buy 2 Licenses then you’ll save 7%, if you buy 5 Licenses then you’ll save 15%, and if you buy 10 Licenses then you’ll save 22%.

AA. What Formats Can The Program Open And What Can It Convert To ? – Well, the program can open PDF Files and .TXT Files. It can convert them into Excel, Word, CSV Spreadsheet’s, PowerPoint, Publisher, Open Office Documents, HTML, and Image files in BMP, JPG, JPEG, JPE, JIF, JFIF, JFI, PNG, GIF, TIF, and TIFF.

It can also do batch conversions and convert multiple PDF files at the same time to any format listed above, and it also allows users to convert PDF files to an AutoCAD format, which we didn’t test. On top of that, you can also import other files, such as text files, Word files and more, and then convert them into PDF files.

AAA. Is The Program Worth The Price ? – 3.0Average” – Well, yes, it’s cheaper than Able2Extract PDF Converter and comes with all of the same features too. If you want the ability to convert PDF text/image documents into a word document, HTML format, PowerPoint, or as simple picture files then you will be a happy chappy with the program itself. In our opinion, the program, as well as all PDF Programs, need to be cheaper really.

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B. Installation PDF Converter Elite 5 for Windows – 5.0Excellent“ – Fast, Safe and Simple

BB. Un-installing PDF Converter Elite 5 for Windows – 5.0Excellent“ – Fast, Safe and Simple

C . Stability Of Program – 4.5Great” – It was extremely stable and has never locked up or crash on me yet. Every conversion was very stable and never gave the program or my system any issues.

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1. Ease Of Use – 4.5Great” – Literally, the easiest conversion programs I have ever had the pleasure of using. It’s just as easy to use as Able2Extract 11.0.2, which we reviewed earlier this week. It has the simplest layout, conversion format and options available in a program. Everything is extremely easy to work out, and it becomes very easy to use within a matter of seconds.

1A. Interface – 4.5Great” – Strictly an accessible professional interface layout, with not too many options to confuse and disorientate users. Everything is located on the toolbar at the top of the program or in the menus above them, and shows a very tidy, professional and effective lay out. It also very easy to see, choose and customize conversion options.

1B. Start-Up – 4.5Great” – Starting up the program from a cold start is great, as there is no lag or hanging or waiting, as it loads within 2-3 seconds of clicking the button to start it up.

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2. Quality Of PDF Conversions – 4.5Great” – A very fast PDF converter, depending on what you convert. We performed multiple tests in which we converted three different PDF files into every available conversion format, that we listed above. Each conversion took between 1-3 minutes.

2A. Text/Image PDF File – 4.5Great” – We converted PDF files that consisted of both text and images (screengrabs), which were between 20 and 100 pages long. Every conversion was perfect and displayed every image and piece of text in the correct format and layout, but unfortunately, with the PowerPoint format, the text ran off of the document to the right, meaning that text was lost in the conversion. Meanwhile, the conversions to Excel, Open Office and Publisher all translated over quite well, with just the minor issues, like images and text not looking quite right in terms of size to each other, but that might have been our own personal preferences really.

The other formats were HTML and Image files, such as JPG, PNG, BMP, GIF and TIFF. With the HTML format, it compiled all of the converted images on to separate html files, then it created an html file that you can name yourself, so that you could browse through each slide in a browser like a PowerPoint presentation, and while this option works on Mozilla Firefox, while both online and offline, it only works on Google Chrome when you are online, but doesn’t work in an offline mode.

When if comes to the image formats, All of them open up perfectly in Microsoft Paint and look identical, but in some other programs I use, the TIFF file won’t open (which is my own fault because the program doesn’t accept TIFF files) and in the same program, the BMP image comes out yellow, while it is fine in Paint.

2B. Progress Or Percentage (%) Bar – 4.0Great” – Yes, on all PDF file conversions, the program will provide you with a progress bar, but the problem is that all of the PDF files we used, and while the percentage bar was shown clean and clear, alongside the progress bar, it was small and could be hard to see for those who don’t have perfect vision.

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3. Updating – 2.0Poor” – There is an update function in this program, but it only pops up when you open the program. There is no update button if you close the tab and continue to use the program, meaning that you’ll have to close the program and re-open it again. Also, when you do click the button to update the program, it takes you their site to download a new .EXE file, and even then, you have to uninstall the version of the program installed on your computer before you can install the newly updated .EXE file that you just downloaded. It’s not very efficient really,

4. Running Other Programs At The Same Time – 4.5Great” – Yes, no matter if your converting PDF file, checking directories, you can still use other programs, but beware that ALL PDF converting programs will take up some of your computers processing power, and the Able2Extract PDF Converter for Windows is no exception.

5. Leaving The Program Running With Little Or No Issue – 4.5Great” – You definitely can, you can leave the program to convert PDF files while you get on with other things on your computer, but all file conversion programs are dependent on your computers CPU power, so running other programs will slow down PDF conversions. The best thing is to just let Able2Extract PDF Converter for Windows use all of your CPU power to convert the files as quickly as possible and go blink your eyes in the meantime, because once you’re done, the conversion will be finished.

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My Overall Score: 55 / 60

91.6 % = A+

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My Final Verdict – PDF Converter Elite 5 for Windows is very easy to use once, and is not confusing for first time users. This means the layout and interface is very professional, and doesn’t need to be changed. It basically gives you ability to convert PDF files into Microsoft Office documents, such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint. It also allows PDF files to be converted to HTML files, and images, including PNG, BMP, JPG, GIF and TIFF. The program is safe to use for all users regardless of background knowledge and file converting experience. PDF Converter Elite 5 for Windows will need a new update at some point to fix the horrible issues surrounding updating the program, because to uninstall it everytime to re-install a newer version is not practical in today’s world. It needs to be done seamlessly like how Skype does it, which updates automatically when you open it, and, usually, doesn’t require a fresh EXE file to be downloaded and then installed.

1. http://www.pdfconverter.com/downloads/ (PDF Converter Elite 5 for Windows Main Download Page)

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Investintech Able2Extract PDF Converter Professional for Windows (11.0.2) – Paidware Review

March 29, 2017

The Rating Scale Breakdown:

  • 0  – 0.5 – Abysmal
  • 1.0 – 1.5 – Terrible
  • 2.0 – 2.5 – Poor
  • 3.0 – 3.5 – Average
  • 4.0 – 4.5 – Great
  • 5.0 – Excellent
  • Undetermined – Too soon to tell or lacking evidence to provide a solid answer
  • Not Tested – Has yet to be requested or there is some limitations to prevent accurate test results
  • N/A – Not Available and or Not Applicable to this program

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A. Cost: $149.95 for Full License or $34.95 for 30-day subscription. The Retail Disc Version Costs Additional $10.00, and then it costs a further $10.00 to ship that disc to the USA and Canada, or $20.00 for the rest of the world.

AA. What Formats Can The Program Open And What Can It Convert To ? – Well, the program can open PDF Files and .TXT Files. It can convert them into .XLSX (Excel), .CSV (Spreadsheet), .DOCX. (Word), .PPTX (PowerPoint), .PUB (Publisher), .ODS (Open Office Spreadsheet), .ODT (Open Office Word Document), .ODP (Open Office PowerPoint), HTML, and Image files in BMP, JPG, JPEG, JPE, JIF, JFIF, JFI, PNG, GIF, TIF, and TIFF.

It can also do batch conversions and convert multiple PDF files at the same time to any format listed above, and it also allows users to convert PDF files to an AutoCAD format, which we didn’t test. On top of that, you can also import other files, such as text files, Word files and more, and then convert them into PDF files.

AAA. Is The Program Worth The Price ? – 3.0Average” – Well, yes and no. If you want the ability to convert PDF text/image documents into a word document, HTML format, PowerPoint, or as simple picture files then you will be a happy chappy with the program itself, but it’s definitely not worth the price point. It needs to be at least half that price.

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B. Installation Able2Extract PDF Converter Professional for Windows – 5.0Excellent“ – Fast, Safe and Simple

BB. Un-installing Able2Extract PDF Converter Professional for Windows – 5.0Excellent“ – Fast, Safe and Simple

C . Stability Of Program – 4.5Great” – It was extremely stable and never locked up or crash on me. Every conversion was very stable and never gave the program or my system any issues.

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1. Ease Of Use – 4.5Great” – Literally, the easiest conversion programs I have ever had the pleasure of using. It’s even easier to use than iSkySoft PDF Converter and Able2Extract 9.0, that we reviewed in recent years. It has the simplest layout, conversion format and options available in a program. Everything is extremely easy to work out, and it becomes very easy to use within a matter of seconds.

1A. Interface – 4.5Great” – Strictly an accessible professional interface layout, with not too many options to confuse and disorientate users. Everything is located on the toolbar at the top of the program or in the menus above them, and shows a very tidy, professional and effective lay out. It also very easy to see, choose and customize conversion options.

1B. Start-Up – 4.5Great” – Starting up the program from a cold start is great, as there is no lag or hanging or waiting, as it loads within 2-3 seconds of clicking the button to start it up.

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2. Quality Of PDF Conversions – 4.5Great” – A very fast PDF converter, depending on what you convert. We performed multiple tests in which we converted three different PDF files into every available conversion format, that we listed above. Each conversion took between 1-3 minutes.

2A. Text/Image PDF File – 4.5Great” – We converted PDF files that consisted of both text and images (screengrabs), which were between 20 and 100 pages long. Every conversion was perfect and displayed every image and piece of text in the correct format and layout, but unfortunately, with the PowerPoint format, the text ran off of the document to the right, meaning that text was lost in the conversion. Meanwhile, the conversions to Excel, Open Office and Publisher all translated over quite well, with just the minor issues, like images and text not looking quite right in terms of size to each other, but that might have been our own personal preferences really.

The other formats were HTML and Image files, such as JPG, PNG, BMP, GIF and TIFF. With the HTML format, it compiled all of the converted images on to separate html files, then it created an html file that you can name yourself, so that you could browse through each slide in a browser like a PowerPoint presentation, and while this option works on Mozilla Firefox, while both online and offline, it only works on Google Chrome when you are online, but doesn’t work in an offline mode.

When if comes to the image formats, All of them open up perfectly in Microsoft Paint and look identical, but in some other programs I use, the TIFF file won’t open (which is my own fault because the program doesn’t accept TIFF files) and in the same program, the BMP image comes out yellow, while it is fine in Paint.

2B. Progress Or Percentage (%) Bar – 4.0Great” – Yes, on all PDF file conversions, the program will provide you with a progress bar, but the problem is that all of the PDF files we used, and while the percentage bar was shown clean and clear, alongside the progress bar, it was small and could be hard to see for those who don’t have perfect vision.

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3. Updating – 0.0 “Abysmal” – Unfortunately, like previous versions of this program, there is no update button at all in this program, only the register program button. This means that when future versions of the program are released, you’ll need to download them all from scratch and re-register it all over again. Hopefully the activation key for this program can be used in the future versions of Able2Extract,

4. Running Other Programs At The Same Time – 4.5Great” – Yes, no matter if your converting PDF file, checking directories, you can still use other programs, but beware that ALL PDF converting programs will take up some of your computers processing power, and the Able2Extract PDF Converter Professional for Windows is no exception.

5. Leaving The Program Running With Little Or No Issue – 4.5Great” – You definitely can, you can leave the program to convert PDF files while you get on with other things on your computer, but all file conversion programs are dependent on your computers CPU power, so running other programs will slow down PDF conversions. The best thing is to just let Able2Extract PDF Converter Professional for Windows use all of your CPU power to convert the files as quickly as possible and go blink your eyes in the meantime, because once you’re done, the conversion will be finished.

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My Overall Score: 53 / 60

88.3 % = A

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My Final Verdict – Able2Extract PDF Converter Professional for Windows is very easy to use once, and is not confusing for first time users. This means the layout and interface is very professional, and doesn’t need to be changed. It basically gives you ability to convert PDF files into Microsoft Office documents, such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint. It also allows PDF files to be converted to HTML files, and images, including PNG, BMP, JPG, GIF and TIFF. The program is safe to use for all users regardless of background knowledge and file converting experience. Able2Extract PDF Converter Professional for Windows may need a new build at some point to add in an update option, which is still lacking in this build, and also wasn’t present in Able2Extract 9, but overall, it’s a very stable, professional and easy to use program, that allows conversions to multiple formats. We’d easily recommend this for text/image documents, as well as purely image or text based files as well.

1. http://www.investintech.com/prod_downloadsa2e.htm (Able2Extract PDF Converter Professional for Windows Main Download Page)

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AVG Ultimate (2016.151.8007) – Paidware Review

March 25, 2017

The Rating Scale Breakdown:

  • 0  – 0.5 – Abysmal
  • 1.0 – 1.5 – Terrible
  • 2.0 – 2.5 – Poor
  • 3.0 – 3.5 – Average
  • 4.0 – 4.5 – Great
  • 5.0 – Excellent
  • Undetermined – Too soon to tell or lacking evidence to provide a solid answer
  • Not Tested – Has yet to be requested or there is some limitations to prevent accurate test results
  • N/A – Not Available and or Not Applicable to this program

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V. 7.5 – “AVG Ultimate” PC Review Template

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Tested On A: Windows 7 **64 bit**

Price: $99.99 CAD (AVG Main Site)

A. Installation AVG Ultimate – 5.0 Excellent” – Very easy just click on AVG ZEN Link-and press Install.

B. Uninstalling AVG Ultimate – 5.0Excellent – It could be a little easier to remove. Just follow the steps below to un-install your AVG  Ultimate Program.

B1. Go to your “Control Panel

B2. Then go to “Programs And Features “.

B3. Then choose “AVG“.

B4. Then press on the Program

B5. There click uninstall.

B6. Wait a few seconds till the Program is fully uninstalled

B7. Then your good to go

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C. Stability Of Program – 5.0 Excellent” – No crashes or freezing. Since I downloaded the Program.

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AVG – Protection PRO – AVG Zen –

A1. Computer Protection – 5.0 Excellent” –

  • Anti-Virus
  • Data Safe

A2. Web – 4.5Great” –

  • Link Scanner
  • Online Shield

A3. Identity – 4.5Great” –

  • Identity Protection

A4. E-mail 3.5Average” –

  • E-mail Scanner
  • Anti-Spam

A5. Firewall – 5.0 Excellent” –

  • Enhanced Firewall

AVG -Performance PRO- AKA PC Tune Up/AVG Zen

  • Maintenance – 5.0 Excellent” –
  • Speed Up – 5.0 Excellent” –
  • Free Up Space 5.0 Excellent” –
  • Fix Problems 5.0 Excellent” –
  • All Functions 5.0 Excellent” –

HMA! Pro VPN

  • Not Available with AVG Ultimate – Cost An Extra $15.99 CAD for 1 month, $71.94 CAD for 6 months, $110.10 CAD for 12 months.

AVG Web TuneUp/AVG Zen

  • Browser Plugin 3.5Average” –
  • Site Safety 3.5Average” –
  • Do Not Track 3.5Average” –
  • Browser Cleaner 3.5Average” –
  • AVG Secure Search 3.5Average” –

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My Overall Score: 80/90

88.8 % = A

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My Final Verdict If you want the full epic-ness of AVG on your PC then I recommend you pick it up. Even with the hefty price tag this software suite carries. This program truly has everything a PC user would need or want and it can be used on as many devices as you want with no limits imposed. This can be install on a PC or Mac and any mobile device you have laying around. All you need to do is create profile and send out an e-mail invitation to whom every you want. So with just the cost of $99.99 CAD a year. You can cover all your computers and mobile devices.

So if you have the coin to put down on this program I highly recommend this program to any PC user that wants full anti-virus program with the addition of  a full PC optimization suite added in for the same price.

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Here is a link to download AVG Ultimate for PC’s and Mobile Devices

1.  http://www.avg.com/ca-en/ultimate (AVG Main Site)

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AVG Internet Security 2016 (2016.151.8007) – Paidware Review

March 24, 2017

The Rating Scale Breakdown:

  • 0  – 0.5 – Abysmal
  • 1.0 – 1.5 – Terrible
  • 2.0 – 2.5 – Poor
  • 3.0 – 3.5 – Average
  • 4.0 – 4.5 – Great
  • 5.0 – Excellent
  • Undetermined – Too soon to tell or lacking evidence to provide a solid answer
  • Not Tested – Has yet to be requested or there is some limitations to prevent accurate test results

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Price$74.99 CAD / For Unlimited Devices

A. Installing AVG4.0 Great” – There is no doubt that AVG has improved in this area. But saying that we had very mixed results with some of our team getting AVG Internet Security installed the first go around. While other team members took 3 or 4 times to install AVG Internet Security 2016.

B. Un-installing AVG – 4.5 Great” – AVG Free Anti-Virus 2015 is a lot cleaner un-installer this time around. Much better compared to previous versions of AVG going back 5 or 6 years.

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C. Stability Of Program5.0 Excellent – The UI (User Interface) seems to have been completely fixed in AVG 2014. Along with the jenkey manual update option.

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D. Has AVG Free Been Compromised By Hackers Or Virus4.0Great” – No reports of AVG being compromised.

E. Speed of Scan5.0 Excellent – Very quick on most computers.

F. Updating – 5.0 Excellent – Automatic and manual updating is great. No more issues here compared to AVG 2014 manual update lag spikes.

G. Does AVG Free Do Automatic Updates By Itself Without Any Issue5.0 Excellent – Yes, you can now with, no doubt. But leave the manual update option alone unless you want to invite stability related issues.

H. Internet Browser Cookie Detection Rate And Removal Test2.0 Poor– You are way better off with something like SUPERAntiSpyware or CCleaner that is more dedicated to removal of Internet cookies. AVG Internet cookie detection rate is terrible even with the option active and checked off.

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1. Anti-Virus Detection Rate Test:

1A. Windows XP – 4.0Great

1B. Windows Vista – 4.0Great

1C. Windows 74.0Great

1D. Windows 8.14.0Great

1E. Windows 104.0Great

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2. Residential Shield Test 4.0Great – I still find SUPERAntiSpyware and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware seems to grab the virus way before AVG does.

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3A. Anti-Virus Scanner – 4.0Great” – AVG has finally beaten their just average score. And that should tell you a lot.

3B. Anti-Rootkit Scanner4.0Great” – Great option. Works well.

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Web Browsing Protection

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4A. Link Scanner4.5 Great“ – Not a fan. But it can be very useful to some.

4B. Online Shield2.5Poor” – Completely in-effective and worthless.

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Identity Protection

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5A. Identity Protection 2.0Poor” – Completely in-effective and worthless.

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E-mail Protection

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6A. E-mail Scanner3.0Average” – Utterly baseline and average. I found no use for it.

6B. Anti-Spam3.0 Average” – Utterly baseline and average. Not even worth the setup.

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Firewall

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7. Firewall5.0 Excellent – By no means perfect. But way better then your standalone Windows built in Firewall

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8. File Shredder4.0Great – I found this addition to be very useful. But lacking the multiple layer shredding options that Spybot – Search & Destroy or even Advance System Care 7 has.

9. PC Analyzer (AKA. PC TuneUp) – 0.5Abysmal“- If you don’t mind that this option just reports errors on your computer and does not even allow you to correct said error. Even once as was the case in the past.

Then your probably are like me and you probably feel this options is both somewhat misleading and out right bait to buy this expensive $39.99 CAD/USD add-on. Then you are probably with me on my conclusion. That it should not be there in the first place. Try giving us features that are fully functional and at least somewhat useful like the shredder option.

10. Tech Buddy Support0.0Abysmal” – This is just a cash grab. Completely worthless as well as falsely advertised and overally misleading to the end user.

11. AVG Direct Support0.5Abysmal” – With only a free forum and a phone number to call for support.

You will often find yourself ether being told to go to the free forum or they will recommend you go to further specialized support team via Tech Buddy. Which like I said above is an epic MONEY GRAB. Completely worthless as well as falsely advertised as well as overally misleading.

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My Overall Score: 91/130

70 % = B –

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My Final Verdict – AVG Free Anti-Virus 2016 takes the same approach. That AVG 2015 took with regards to the UI (User-Interface) and streamlined interface.  It is very simple and easy to navigate. Just the way that an anti-virus program should be.

**As per the norm it is highly recommend that you upgrade to the newest version of AVG Internet Security 2016 when available and or prompted. 

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Till The Next Review,

Remy “Se7en”


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