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Security Software Options for Spotify

By Kim Gilmour

Any computer setup, regardless of what programs you’re using, needs to have protection from online threats. For the most secure use of Spotify, you need to make sure that your computer is up to date with the latest versions of security software including antivirus and antispyware software, and a firewall.

Spotify security protection options for PCs

Windows 7 comes with a suitable firewall, as well as Windows Defender, an antispyware tool that protects you in real-time from threats posed by software that can monitor your computer movements. You can also download the free Microsoft Security Essentials for all-around protection. See Microsoft’s website for more.

You could also consider several security suites from manufacturers including Symantec, AVG, Sophos, Kaspersky, McAfee, Trend Micro, BullGuard, ZoneAlarm, and many more.

Spotify security protection options for Macs

Macs seem relatively safe, compared to PCs, but it’s a false sense of security. Most hackers target Windows systems simply because they’re more popular. While Macs grow in popularity, the threats do, too.

At the very least, make sure your firewall is on by following these steps:

  1. Click the Apple logo at the top-left of your screen and, from the drop-down list that appears, select System Preferences.

    The System Preferences dialog box appears.

  2. In the Personal section, click Security to open the Security settings.

    On the Firewall tab, check to see whether it’s on. If it is, simply close the dialog box by clicking the red button at the top-left. If it’s off, continue to Step 3.

  3. Click the lock at the bottom-left of the dialog box.

  4. If you’re not logged in as the administrator, type this username and password in the dialog box that appears and click Log In.

  5. In the Firewall section, click the Start button.

  6. Close the dialog box by clicking the red button at the top-left.

Sophos has a free antivirus scanner for Macs.