Now almost everything is shifting to the cloud (opens in new tab)The cyber threat landscape has emerged with new security challenges that create gaps in default security and leave users baffled and unprotected.
Launched in 2018 by Amos, Michael and Daniel, Guardio was created with the aim of meeting these challenges, combating the emerging cyber threats and ensuring that internet users are kept in a safe environment and can browse the internet without worry. .
In short, Guardio is a lightweight extension for Google Chrome and it was created with a safe and fast browsing experience in mind – it can clear your browser, increase its speed and protect your sensitive information. In addition to making your web travel safer from scams and suspicious sites, it also blocks unwanted pop-ups and other types of mood killers.
Guardio’s official site seems straightforward, simple (a little too simple if you ask us) and easy to use. It also includes an up-to-date blog packed with helpful tips and tricks for strengthening your cybersecurity. To learn a bit more about Guardio, you can follow them on social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube.
Though built specifically for Chrome, Guardio also works with Microsoft Edge and Chromium-based browsers (opens in new tab) on both desktops and laptops running Windows, Linux, and Mac. Unfortunately, Guardio still doesn’t support smartphone and tablet users.
Subscriptions and prices
You are invited to unlock Guardio’s browser protection by choosing one of three plans available, two of which are aimed at individuals and one at businesses.
While there is a freemium edition that includes the most basic features, the free trials allow users to try out the paid plans (both “Premium” and “Team”).
If you want to commit for a whole year, “Premium” will set you back $5.99 per month, while with monthly billing you will get back $9.99 for each month, which is a significant difference. And if you want to start your 7-day free trial before you commit, prepare to hand in your credit card information. With “Team” the free trial is valid for 14 days, but the pricing is not as transparent.
To purchase Guardio products, you can use any of the major credit/debit cards (supported by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, etc.) or Paypal.
All paid plans are backed by a standard 30-day money-back guarantee.
Features and functionality
Guardio uses AI and machine learning to scan every site you visit, so don’t be surprised if it sometimes seems like it’s taken its job a little too seriously. One of the main complaints users make about Guardio is that it is somewhat overprotective and often blocks safe sites that users have been visiting for years. However, we think it’s better to be a little too safe than on the other side.
To set up Guardio, head over to the official site and tap a self-explanatory “Add Guardio to Chrome” button. There you can learn a bit more about Guardio’s features and functionality before hitting the “Add to Chrome” and “Add Extension” buttons again to finally install the extension.
Guardio works as well as antivirus for browser extensions (opens in new tab) and a web filtering tool that monitors everything from your social media account to all the cloud services you currently use. It warns you about suspicious sites, blocks malicious sites and offers adware and malware removal – so no more annoying pop-ups.
While the freemium edition is somewhat sparse in features, you get suspicious site detection, phishing alerts, history of personal data leaks, on-demand scans, and some level of email support. However, unless you opt for a paid plan, you don’t even get a personal dashboard from which to view all your activities. In addition, your subscription is limited to only one user, which means that you are the only one who can take advantage of this extension.
On top of everything of a freemium edition, a premium subscription gives you a way to stop spammed adware, filter out adult content, monitor future data breaches, rely on real-time threat removal, receive installation warnings, and Lake.
Interface and ease of use
Once Guardio is installed and your account is all set up, you can start Guardio’s security scan – it only takes a few seconds and you have the option to see everything it scans as it happens (unwanted popups, information leaks, malicious sites , and so on).
When the scan is completed, you will get a quite detailed report about various cyber threats that have been detected. From here you will be directed to your personal security dashboard where you can view past scan reports or rerun the scan a number of times.
The dashboard itself has been designed with ease of use in mind, making it suitable for new users. If you want to start your free trial, you can also do it directly from the dashboard.
One of Guardio’s main selling points is how accessible it is to an average web user – it takes no more than a few minutes to set up Guardio in your browser and once it’s done, all your online activities are secured from that point forward.
If you get stuck along the way (although this is highly unlikely) or have a few questions and concerns (a more likely scenario), you can contact Guardio’s support staff via email, presumably during working hours. However, if you choose to buy a premium subscription, you will benefit from the same type of support, but this time around the clock.
Fortunately, Guardio’s “Help Center”, the so-called “dictionary” (a glossary of key cybersecurity terms) and an FAQ section are available to everyone, and you’ll also find some well-done video guides. The “Help Center” looks well organized and all the articles we checked seem useful enough – most are supported by appropriate screenshots to boot.
While both BlockSite and Guardio were built from the ground up with Chrome in mind, if you’re thinking about protecting anything other than your computer, you’d be better off going with BlockSite. It supports Android and iOS mobile devices and can be synced between all your devices to ensure you are protected wherever you are.
OpenDNS is another excellent alternative to Guardio, but it requires a little more technical knowledge. However, OpenDNS offers two free plans, a solid set of features, including an impossible to bypass web filter, and an easy way to protect yourself from unwanted content on the web.
SquidGuard is best suited for Linux enthusiasts who also use proxy software Squid, as it won’t work without it. As expected, it’s not quite as beginner-friendly as its competitors, but it makes up for it by being one of the fastest and most flexible web filters out there – and it’s free to boot.
So, can you arm yourself with Guardio as your secret weapon against cyber criminals, suspicious sites and cunning schemes to ruin your budget and your mood? The short answer is yes, you can.
Guardio is easy to set up and use, budget friendly and does an excellent job of keeping its users safe. The only serious downside is that it’s slightly overprotective, but we suppose it’s better safe than sorry.
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