Trend Mi­cro Max­i­mum Se­cu­rity

GREAT PRO­TEC­TION, PRICE AND FEA­TURES, BUT A SLIGHTLY AN­NOY­ING IN­TER­FACE GETS IN THE WAY

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Trend Mi­cro scored well last year, but the main thing that put us off was the high price. This year, Trend Mi­cro has re­duced its pric­ing, mak­ing its soft­ware quite a bar­gain. We re­viewed Max­i­mum Se­cu­rity, which has sup­port for up to two de­vices (a four- and six-de­vice op­tion is avail­able). Max­i­mum Se­cu­rity also con­tains mo­bile pro­tec­tion, if that’s some­thing you re­quire.

While the price has gone down, the level of pro­tec­tion hasn’t. In our tests, Trend Mi­cro Max­i­mum Se­cu­rity scored a to­tal ac­cu­racy rat­ing of 97%, which shows just how good this soft­ware is.

Max­i­mum Se­cu­rity scored a pro­tec­tion ac­cu­racy rat­ing of 94%, manag­ing to de­tect all 100 threats, block­ing 97 and neu­tral­is­ing one fur­ther threat. How­ever, that meant that two threats com­pro­mised the test sys­tems. Even so, that puts its pro­tec­tion just un­der the top per­form­ers in this test.

Scor­ing a 98% ac­cu­racy rat­ing in the le­git­i­mate soft­ware test showed that Trend Mi­cro didn’t stop too many bits of good soft­ware from be­ing in­stalled, ei­ther.

OFF THE MENU

Trend Mi­cro Max­i­mum Se­cu­rity comes with a whole host of add-ons and ex­tras. Sadly, Trend Mi­cro hasn’t up­dated its in­ter­face, and all of the op­tions are buried in an­noy­ing, an­i­mated menus that take sev­eral sec­onds to whizz around the screen each time you click a but­ton. Sim­pler menus should be par for the course.

The in­ter­face is di­vided into four sec­tions: De­vice, Pri­vacy, Data and Fam­ily. De­vice lets you con gure the anti-mal­ware el­e­ments of the soft­ware, with op­tions for both its real-time and sched­uled scans. Most op­tions are ex­plained rea­son­ably well, so you won’t have to go look­ing for ex­pla­na­tions on­line.

From De­vice, you can also per­form a PC Health scan, which looks for re­source-heavy startup pro­grams, junk les and out-of­date ver­sions of In­ter­net Ex­plorer and Flash Player. It also checks your user ac­count set­tings to see if there are any ways you can eas­ily bol­ster se­cu­rity. It’s not par­tic­u­larly pushy or over-dra­matic about these ‘threats’, which is re­fresh­ing. The Mute mode is handy, stop­ping Trend Mi­cro from both­er­ing you with pop­ups and the like.

The Pri­vacy sec­tion of­fers up a pri­vacy scan­ner that checks your so­cial me­dia feeds via a browser tool­bar. It also checks your browsers for pri­vacy set­tings such as Do Not Track. Fi­nally, there’s a dat­apro­tec­tion tool that will pre­vent you and other peo­ple who use your PC from typ­ing in per­sonal in­for­ma­tion, such as credit card num­bers, and send­ing it over the in­ter­net. You can turn on so­cial me­dia pro­tec­tion, which scans links shared on pop­u­lar net­works, pre­vent­ing you from be­ing tricked into vis­it­ing mal­ware-in­fected sites.

SHRED OF EV­I­DENCE

The Data tab con­tains a le shred­der, pass­word man­ager and a tool that can scan your OneDrive

les for mal­ware with­out hav­ing to down­load them lo­cally. It’s an in­ter­est­ing if rather niche idea that lets you keep les you don’t trust at arm’s length, in the cloud, be­fore down­load­ing them. Then again, if you’re that wor­ried about a le’s se­cu­rity im­pli­ca­tions, you should prob­a­bly avoid it al­to­gether.

The Data tab also has ran­somware pro­tec­tion, with Folder Shield. Once en­abled, the fold­ers you’ve set to watch are mon­i­tored by Trend Mi­cro; any sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity is blocked and re­ported.

It’s good to see a pass­word man­ager in­cluded, which lets you cre­ate and share se­cure pass­words be­tween all of your de­vices.

The nal tab lets you set up parental con­trols, with the abil­ity to set adult con­tent lters, limit the use of cer­tain pro­grams and gen­er­ate re­ports about what your chil­dren get up to on­line.

With the new lower price but high lev­els of pro­tec­tion, Trend Mi­cro Max­i­mum Se­cu­rity is now a great choice. Cer­tainly, if you’re run­ning this soft­ware al­ready, there’s no rea­son to change to some­thing else. How­ever, Kaspersky Cloud Se­cu­rity has the best pro­tec­tion and range of fea­tures.

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