Kaspersky Internet Security 2017
A SUITE THAT JUST KEEPS GETTING BETTER — PERFECT DETECTION
OF MALWARE AND EXCELLENT FEATURES.
WHEN IT COMES to anti-malware, Kaspersky has the goods on the competition. With perfect detection rates (a feat also accomplished by Trend Micro, Symantec and McAfee), no false positives and a minimal impact on performance, no other suite does anti-malware quite as well as Kaspersky.
But it’s not just anti-malware that ties the Kaspersky suite in first place with Bitdefender. The collection of additional features has grown to rival the best of the competition, while the user interface has been simplified and streamlined to make it much easier for regular users.
It’s now an install-and-forget suite, which is pretty much how we want our suites to be.
It covers all your basics (malware, firewall, spam, malicious site filters) but there’s a lot more going on here as well.
There’s a secure browser for online banking and shopping; a password manager with multiple-device synchronization; cloud-managed and extended parental controls (nearly rivalling Bitdefender and Symantec); encryption and backup tools for protecting files; and optimization tools and app update checker. It also comes with a volume-limited VPN service called Secure Connect that will automatically fire up if it detects that you’re connected to an insecure Wi-Fi network.
Total Security does support the expenditure of licenses on non-PC platforms (Mac, iOS and Android), and the parental controls extend to those platforms. It’s currently a little more expensive than BitDefender, but we feel that Kaspersky has finally caught up with its rival in terms of quality and features and may well be poised to take over as our top suite.
KASPERSKY INTERNET SECURITY 2017
Anti-malware, anti-spam, anti-ransomware, firewall, website filtering, parental controls, password manager, secure browser, backup, file encryption, system optimisation and cleaning, VPN, update checker