My granddaughter is studying at a university in UK. She has just bought a new laptop.
Can you please advise what protection software she needs?
She accesses the internet frequently and, I guess, she frequently uses USB sticks to pass on and to receive information.
As a student, free or cheap software is most acceptable!
I have used AVG free on laptops that don't get a massive amount of use and use AVG paid on my main PC. There are many deals via sellers such as Amazon. You can get a package that can includes cover for several devices - phone, tablet, laptop, for example.
It will have been drummed into your grandaughter at school to back up her work regularly and this cannot be over-emphasised - I have consoled many students and graduates that have lost work.
A word of warning about using usb sticks to receive and pass on information. They are very prone to corruption and, of course, can be a way of spreading a virus. I assume your grandaughter has Windows 10 on her new laptop and perhaps she should back up all of her work in the cloud on Google Drive, for example. These days most students use e-mail to pass and receive information rather than usb sticks - another useful way of backing up work.