Whether it's a virus hidden in an email, an unexpected server crash, or someone hacking into online transactions, threats to your nonprofit's or library's data and computers are always there.

And while you have dozens of desktop security options at your disposal, choosing the right ones for your organization can be a daunting task. We've gathered the information to help you make informed choices about your security.

Which Anti-Malware Programs Are Right for Me?

Spam is an annoyance, but it's also the most common way viruses and spyware are spread, so just protecting your email might not be enough.

We're often asked about spam, virus, and spyware protection, especially by small- and mid-sized organizations. At TechSoup, we have a variety of resources available to help you make the best choices for your specific needs:

Plus, browse desktop security software from donor partners such as Symantec, Mailshell, and Red Earth.

 Mailshell Anti-Spam Desktop for Windows (admin fee: $9) intercepts incoming emails before they reach your inbox. Mailshell's four spam-identification engines recognize spam with a high accuracy rate and a near-zero false-positive rate. Users can choose their filter strength and decide if they want spam put in its own folder, deleted, bounced, or simply marked.

 Norton AntiVirus (admin fee: $4) guards against botnets, viruses, worms, Trojan horses, rootkits, and spyware and scans all existing data including email attachments and cookies. Helps block threats from installing themselves and includes built-in recovery tools.

 Norton Internet Security (admin fee: $7) offers all of the features and protection of Norton AntiVirus but adds anti-phishing, anti-spam, and anti-intrusion firewalls; guards against adware, hackers, unwanted email, and unsafe search results; and protects against websites that try to trick you into divulging personal information.

 Norton 360 (admin fee: $8) is a comprehensive desktop security program offering the malware and virus protection of Norton AntiVirus and the firewalls of Norton Internet Security. Plus: Norton 360 includes tools for tuning up your systems and up to 2 GB of secure online storage to simplify backing up or recovering your data.

 Policy Patrol Mail Security Bundle (admin fee: $60) prevents email-related issues like legal liability, damage to your reputation, and confidentiality breaches. This server-based email filtering suite for Exchange Server and Lotus Domino features flexible and customizable spam and phishing protection. It also includes email management and filtering, email disclaimer and signature tools, and email archiving.

Four Free Tools for Backup and Security

  • BackupPC: A high-performance, enterprise-grade system for backing up Linux, Windows, and Mac desktops and laptops to a server's disk. Also supports mobile clients who might not always be on the network.
  • Outlook Add-in: Personal Folders Backup: This add-in simplifies the oft-neglected backup of your personal folders in Microsoft Outlook.
  • SyncToy: Despite its name, SyncToy is a powerful utility to manage files in different locations, most notably in situations where you would routinely copy files to the same location.
  • Microsoft Security Essentials: Microsoft Security Essentials is a free alternative to other malware packages and provides real-time and on-demand protection from viruses and spyware for most standalone Windows workstations.

*Note: It is not advisable to install multiple antivirus/anti-malware programs on your system as it may result in conflicts between the applications.

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Patrick Duggan | TechSoup Digital Marketing Manager