Eset In­ter­net Se­cu­rity


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Last year we were in­cred­i­bly im­pressed with ESET In­ter­net Se­cu­rity. This year, the level of pro­tec­tion has stayed the same, and so has the price. Prices start at an un­ap­petis­ing $59.95 for a sin­gle user, dra­mat­i­cally in­creas­ing with the more com­put­ers that you add, mak­ing this prod­uct very ex­pen­sive. Cheaper pric­ing and a sin­gle bun­dle for mul­ti­ple com­put­ers would be good to see; cur­rently, you have to choose how many com­put­ers you want to pro­tect at check­out.

In this year’s tests, ESET In­ter­net Se­cu­rity came sec­ond over­all, with a to­tal ac­cu­racy rat­ing of 99%. Look­ing at how this se­cu­rity suite scored so highly, we found its mal­ware pro­tec­tion was top notch, scor­ing a pro­tec­tion ac­cu­racy rat­ing of 98%: it de­tected, and blocked or neu­tralised all 100 threats.

When it came to le­git­i­mate soft­ware ac­cu­racy, ESET scored a per­fect 100%. In other words, all soft­ware that should make it through the se­cu­rity soft­ware came through prop­erly. Again, that’s a great re­sult. Cer­tainly, from a pro­tec­tion point of view, ESET In­ter­net Se­cu­rity is a great prod­uct to choose.


Mal­ware pre­ven­tion aside, ESET In­ter­net Se­cu­rity has a whole host of other tools avail­able to keep your PC in tip-top con­di­tion. De­tec­tion of po­ten­tially un­wanted pro­grams (PUPs) is good to see. These can be in­stalled with other soft­ware, do­ing things that you don’t want, such as adding browser tool­bars, chang­ing your home­page or even dis­play­ing ad­verts. They’re a true curse on modern Win­dows users, so block­ing them at source is a good choice.

ESET also pro­vides a sand­boxed ver­sion of the Chrome browser, which is a safer way of en­ter­ing sen­si­tive data such as nan­cial in­for­ma­tion. If you do a lot of on­line shop­ping and are wor­ried that your de­tails could be stolen, this is a good way to get around the prob­lem.

A sim­ple parental con­trols in­ter­face lets you choose the cat­e­gories of sites that your kids can look at. If you’d like to ex­tend pro­tec­tion to An­droid, you need the ESET Parental Con­trol for An­droid app. This costs an­other $12 a year, al­though it’s in­cluded in the Mul­tiDe­vice op­tion (from $99.95 a year for three de­vices). Multi-De­vice is a good op­tion if you want mo­bile apps, too, but it would be eas­ier if there was just one multi-de­vice op­tion, let­ting you choose which com­put­ers or phones you want to in­stall ESET on.

The soft­ware also of­fers an an­titheft tool, which you can ac­ti­vate on all the PCs and hand­helds that are li­censed to run ESET. Sim­ply log into your Anti-Theft ac­count on each de­vice, and you can track them through a web-based in­ter­face. GPS info, screen­shots and we­b­cam snap­shots are avail­able, and the tool will also let you know what pro­grams are cur­rently run­ning on your miss­ing de­vice.


A Con­nected Home Mon­i­tor can scan your en­tire net­work, look­ing for prob­lems with your con­nected de­vices. As these can po­ten­tially act as a route into your net­work, it’s good to know about prob­lems so that you can x them.

If you de­cide to up­grade to Pre­mium Se­cu­rity, you get a cou­ple of ex­tra fea­tures. First, a pass­word man­ager is use­ful, cre­at­ing and stor­ing se­cure pass­words and shar­ing them be­tween all of your de­vices. Sec­ond, for your most pre­cious les, there’s Se­cure Data, which lets you cre­ate en­crypted fold­ers that pry­ing eyes won’t be able to read. If you’ve got sen­si­tive data on your com­puter, this is an ex­tra level of pro­tec­tion, al­though make sure that you re­mem­ber the pass­word; with­out this, your les will be gone for­ever.

Over­all, ESET In­ter­net Se­cu­rity is a top per­former. If you have the soft­ware al­ready, then you’re well pro­tected and can carry on us­ing it, or re­new your li­cence. For new users, the high price makes ESET a tough sell. The com­pe­ti­tion is

erce and, over­all, Kaspersky Se­cu­rity Cloud just sneaks in at the top, and is the best choice for most peo­ple.

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