You may not be all that worried about computer viruses. You might think since you stick to safe websites and don't download anything except legal software from legitimate sites that you're safe.
Unfortunately, even if you're not the weak link in the security chain, you can't trust legitimate websites to have perfect security - they may be hacked and their site compromised.
These days, viruses won't do relatively harmless things like displaying unwanted adverts: they can cost you dearly.
They can install keyloggers which can steal your personal information, especially your credit card or bank details. On the other hand, you might be tricked into typing your details into a fake website and it's this kind of threat that modern security suites protect against.
They provide all-round protection that you need to keep your data safe no matter which device or what app or web browser you're using.
From worms and Trojans to ransomware and phishing scams, good antivirus can prevent them all. So it's worth having the best you can get.
Put simply, antivirus software isn't optional. The risk of your computer becoming infected with something nasty is simply too great not to run it.
Fortunately, you don't have to pay full price as we've rounded up the best discounts to be found this month.
Best antivirus deals right now
We’ll only share deals if we think they’re good enough to be worth buying, so anything we recommend here will be a great saving on a service we trust.
1. Norton 360 Deluxe - 1 Year, 5 Devices
Now: £29.99 (62% off)
All-round security for up to 5 PCs, Mac, smartphones or tablets. That's just £6 per device - a great deal.
2. BullGuard Premium Protection - 1 Year, 10 Devices
Now: £28 (60% off)
BullGuard Premium offers protection for up to 10 devices for 1 year. That's £2.80 per device per year.
3. Kaspersky Total Security 2020 - 1 Year, 1 Device
Now: £19.99 (50% off)
Save 50% on Kaspersky's security suite. This is the price to protect one device, but it's even better value if you have three or five devices to protect, as those subscriptions work out much cheaper per device.
4. Bitdefender Total Security 2020 - 1 Year, 5 Devices
Now: £34.99 (50% off)
Bitdefender is consistently rated as one of the best options for protecting your Windows, macOS, iOS and Android devices, and Total Total Security 2020 allows you to use the subscription on five computers, phones or tablets.
It's rated Advanced+ (the top score) by AV-Comparatives and gives you excellent anti-malware protection against the latest threats.
5. Trend Micro Internet Security - 1 Year, 3 Devices
From: Trend Micro
Now: £24.95 (50% off)
Trend Micro's online protection for up to three devices is available with 50% off right now for one year.
6. Panda Dome Essential 2019
From: Panda Security
Now: £20.99 (40% off)
This deal covers 1 device for a year.
Antivirus deals: What to look for
Antivirus software detects, and then prevents, disarms or removes malicious programs and malware, often referred to as ‘viruses’. But as we've said, security software is no longer just about countering viruses. It's also about the security of personal data and protection from ransomware.
Check that the antivirus software you’re buying has ransomware protection built-in, and it’s also worth looking out for the ability to detect malware is so new that it hasn’t yet been analysed by security companies. This may be bolstered by a cloud element or artificial intelligence, which can really help to ensure that even the most sophisticated attacks get nowhere near your devices.
Antivirus discounts are plentiful, often with more than 50% off for your Mac, PC or mobile device. Sometimes these discounts are available on the websites of the antivirus providers themselves in the form of a digital download, but you can also find cheap boxed versions of the software from the likes of Amazon, Argos and Currys PC World.
Antivirus student deals
If you’re a student, be sure to check out Tech Advisor’s Student Beans page. There, you can benefit from massive discounts from some of our favourite antivirus brands for school, college or university.
When is Black Friday 2020 - should you wait for a better deal?
Black Friday is Friday 27 November this year, followed by Cyber Monday on 30 November. Traditionally the biggest sales event of the year, it may yet throw up some even greater tech deals - but with so much uncertainty around finance and retail, and no guarantees regarding what discounts we will see, we advise you not to wait: if you see a deal you like, on a product you need, and you can afford the outlay, buy it today.