It’s time for the final winner in the 2011 Lifehacker Awards. Who walks away with the reader and editor picks for best security suite?
Readers’ Choice: Microsoft Security Essentials
If you had told me five years ago that the dominant force in the free security software space would be Microsoft, I’d have laughed in your face. But Microsoft Security Essentials was the overwhelming winner in this category. It’s not as comprehensive as any of its paid competitors, but for people who just want a basic, no-fuss security solution, it’s plenty good enough.
Editor’s Pick: Anyone using a security suite
Disturbingly, I still run into plenty of people who argue that they don’t need malware protection because they’re skilled enough to not make any of the common mistakes that lead to problems. This is delusional thinking. New vulnerabilities emerge all the time, and no person is capable of ensuring they don’t have them all. So my vote goes to anyone who goes to the (minimal) effort to ensure they have a fully-patched and fully-secured machine. More power to you. Picture by Pascal
Thanks again to everyone who voted in all our categories.