Eset Internet Security
ESET INTERNET SECURITY’S GREAT PROTECTION AND SIMPLE INTERFACE IMPRESS, BUT THIS SECURITY SUITE IS VERY EXPENSIVE
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.