Kaspersky Security Cloud
WITH UNBEATEN PROTECTION AND A GREAT BUNDLE OF FEATURES, THIS IS OUR TOP SECURITY SUITE
Kaspersky has taken the top spot in our security suite tests many times. This year it’s no different, and Kaspersky has once again proved itself to be the top security vendor. This year, there’s a new package on the block, Kaspersky Security Cloud. This has all the features that you get in Kaspersky Total Security, but it costs the same as the entrylevel Kaspersky Internet Security.
The big difference is that Security Cloud does a lot of the processing and management in the cloud, reducing the burden on your physical devices. There’s also adaptive security built in, which analyses what you’re doing and puts the right level of protection in place. For example, connect to unsecure Wi-Fi, and Security Cloud will boost the protection.
Security Cloud’s Personal package covers three devices (a ve-device package is also available for $127.95) and gives you a single user account. There’s a Family package for $191.95, too, which protects 20 devices and user accounts, and bundles in parental controls as well. Note that this is a tentative price bracket. Prices are subject to change and updates on the con rmed price is available on the website at www.kaspersky.com.au
Key to any security suite’s success is its ability to defend against attacks. In this regard, Kaspersky is the best product you can get, with a 100% accuracy rating.
Unsurprisingly, this rating meant that Kaspersky managed to defend against all attacks, letting nothing through. It blocked no legitimate software, either, proving that it’s not annoying to use.
When you install Kaspersky Security Cloud, you’re asked if you want to turn on ad protection. This scans for potentially unwanted programs (PUPs), preventing those annoying bundled utilities from sneaking on to your computer. We recommend leaving this option enabled.
Visually, Kaspersky Security Cloud looks very much like previous versions of Internet Security. If you’re used to Kaspersky’s software already, this is a good thing as you’ll know where everything is.
Kaspersky packs its security packages full of extras and utilities, many of them exceptionally useful. So alongside the anti-virus and web protection modules, there are several useful features.
PLAY IT SAFE
Safe Money is Kaspersky’s hardened browser, which is presented as an option when you try to log into banking websites or check out from a store. It works neatly, but you can easily override it and stay in your current browser if you prefer.
We’ve all seen the shot of Mark Zuckerberg covering his webcam for security reasons. Kaspersky’s webcam protection will tell you the second an app starts to access your webcam, so you can deny access. You can even turn off access permanently.
Private browsing requires a browser plug-in (IE, Firefox, Chrome or Edge) and stops websites from tracking you. In particular, you should see an end to those annoying tracking adverts that follow you around the web.
Kaspersky actively prevents unknown programs from taking control thanks to its Trusted Applications module. Turn this on, and it only allows digitally signed applications and those categorised by the Kaspersky network to run automatically; other apps will be blocked. You can manually adjust which apps you trust. For novice computer users or where you really want to lock down a computer, this is an excellent option to have.
YES WE SCAN
Kaspersky Security Cloud can scan your computer, looking for any weak settings. With our fresh install, it highlighted that
le extensions were hiding (an annoying default setting), which can let malware disguise itself. Kaspersky can also scan your computer and let you know when software needs updating. That’s quite useful, particularly if you’re running software that doesn’t have a built-in automatic updater.
A software cleaner helps you remove stubborn programs that won’t uninstall properly, and scans for adware and PUPs.
If you want parental controls, you need to upgrade to the Family edition or buy one of the traditional software packages. If you do opt for this, the parental-control module is
exible, giving you highly granular control over what your child can do and when. You can blacklist or whitelist contacts on Facebook and Twitter, and block the transmission of certain key phrases, so your little one can’t be tricked into sharing your credit card details.
There’s even a built-in VPN, which can be used to cover your tracks online or access blocked content. But unless you pay an extra $6.99 for a monthly subscription, your usage is capped at just 300MB per day, and you can’t choose the exit node.
The only problem with Kaspersky is that trying to create a rescue disc just links you to an ISO le, with the expectation that you create your own bootable media. That said, the quality of the software, the excellent value and perfect protection score mean there’s no better security suite.