Kaspersky Se­cu­rity Cloud

WITH UN­BEATEN PRO­TEC­TION AND A GREAT BUN­DLE OF FEA­TURES, THIS IS OUR TOP SE­CU­RITY SUITE

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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.

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