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Anti-Virus, Password Safe

Security for computers and digital identity

I can no longer recommend the last two commercial products I used and have cancelled my subscription (first Trend Micro, then Avast).
Also, I cannot recommend the new annual subscription for «Avira Prime» and have cancelled it.

Anti-Virus for Windows/Mac

Avira Free Antivirus

Before you buy a pig in a poke or when you are short of money, test Avira Antivirus for free:

Protects against viruses and other malware. But not on Apple's iPhone! The website suggests otherwise and many fall for it.
Tip 1: the version for the iPhone is superfluous, since everything offered is possible with on-board tools or superfluous/unsatisfactory/advertising.
Tip 2: do not take out a subscription to the Apple App Store! Reading the reviews in Apple's App Store makes you feel sick … (Source)

Independent Security Experts

I recommend to read the tests of the independent provider for services in the field of IT security and anti-virus research AV‑Test GmbH before renewing your subscription or buying a new one.
And you should also read the tests of the independent provider AV-Comparatives.

Not only the Test Result counts

The test instances mentioned above only check the quality of the software! Other things do not influence the test result.
For me it is not only the test result that counts, but also where the company is located and how it deals with customers (data).
Better read negative reviews from other customers before you sign up for a subscription!


Password Manager for Mac

Strongbox Password Safe (Pro)

Strongbox Password Safe is an application for keeping all your passwords safely stored and protected by one master password. Strongbox is a Freemium application with free and pro versions.

Touch/Face ID or use your Apple Watch to unlock your databases for the ultimate in convenience.

Standards compliant, cross platform file format. You own your secrets. Uses the time tested «Password Safe» and «KeePass» File Formats so you can import any existing database you have and export to any other client you need.

Secure, protected by industrial strength cryptography

Search your entire set of passwords and secrets instantly and powerfully, with deep search. Auto generate secure passwords with configurable generation algorithms.

Developer: Mark McGuill
Basic version: for free, w/o ads. Pro Upgrade: once 27.99 EUR
Compatibility: Requires OS X 10.11 or later, 64 bit CPU
Languages: German, English, French, Italian, Ukrainian, Russian, Swedish, Spanish, Simpl. Chinese

Support: via Email (very nice contact to the very competent developer)

enlightenedStrongbox is also available for your iPhone!


enlightenedThe security of your passwords managed by the password manager stands and falls with the quality of the master password used!


Password Safe for Windows

KeePass Classic Password Safe

KeePass is a free/open-source password manager or safe which helps you to manage your passwords in a secure way. You can put all your passwords in one database, which is locked with one master key or a key-disk. So you only have to remember one single master password or insert the key-disk to unlock the whole database. The databases are encrypted using the best and most secure encryption algorithms currently known (AES-256 and Twofish).
Apart from the installable Windows version, there is a portable version that leaves no traces on the host system.

You can use KeePass on your USB stick, iPod, external hard drive or even CD, on any PC and without leaving any personal information behind.

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