Your Ultimate Privacy and Security Toolkit

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In 2024, many aspects of our daily lives are now digital. Whether we’re working, reading the news, watching movies, managing finances, or even just talking to friends and family; much of what we do is mediated by the internet. And while generally speaking that’s made our lives easier, it has also created more opportunities for bad actors to step in and steal our information.

But don’t worry. Despite the fact that we live in a world where cybercrime is on the rise, there are also plenty of powerful tools available to help you lock down your digital life. Below, you’ll find all of our top picks across a range of categories, including password management, antivirus, encrypted communication, VPNs, and more.

When the IBM PC was new, I served as the president of the San Francisco PC User Group for three years. That’s how I met PCMag’s editorial team, who brought me on board in 1986. In the years since that fateful meeting, I’ve become PCMag’s expert on security, privacy, and identity protection, putting antivirus tools, security suites, and all kinds of security software through their paces.

Before my current security gig, I supplied PCMag readers with tips and solutions on using popular applications, operating systems, and programming languages in my “User to User” and “Ask Neil” columns, which began in 1990 and ran for almost 20 years. Along the way I … is a leading authority on technology, delivering lab-based, independent reviews of the latest products and services. Our expert industry analysis and practical solutions help you make better buying decisions and get more from technology.

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