This tip comes from reader Tony Gore who works at Aspen Enterprises in the UK:
NETGEAR make a range of devices for keeping malware out of your environment, with the UTM5 being the smallest and cheapest. Without subscriptions it is around $250 and the subscriptions are about $120 per year. There are three subscriptions available -- the AV, antispam and URL. The URL blocking is impressive -- sometimes a few pages browsing Google can result in a few hundred blocked URLs. It is pretty good at protecting you from drive-by downloads:
As an aside, there is no "per user" licensing of the protection, so for low use, large user networks it can be very cost effective. It is also a decent idea for cheap and easy protection of a "guest" network.
For personal use, Sophos have a free UTM software to put on an old PC:
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