Update: Read my new F-Secure Internet Security 2012 review
If you wish to protect your computer, and want a smooth running wireless internet service, then a security suite from one of the leading vendors is a great way of achieving that.
F-Secure Internet Security 2011 is the first full version security suite that I’m looking at this year.
Before I go on I should point out that I may be a little biased towards this product on account of the fact that it is the security suite that I use on my main PC and so I already know that I like it!
Installing F-Secure Internet Security 2011 is a fairly quick affair as it is only around 60MB in size but that certainly doesn’t mean that it is lightweight in any way.
After installation it is likely that you will have to install many updates but that, of course, is both essential and well worth it.
All in all, I believe it took around 25 minutes from beginning the installation to having a product that was fully updated and ready to protect my PC.
At the beginning of the installation process you have a decision to make, namely whether to go for an automatic install (which still requires some interaction from yourself) or to go for a step by step installation.
The former will add in Parental Controls, which is a useful feature if your kids will be using the computer, but it is annoying as hell because it requires a Parental Control password which then needs to be entered every time there is a firewall prompt.
That is probably the one and only annoyance I’ve found with this product but, fortunately, I have this computer password protected and so I elected to forgo the Parental Controls on my own installation.
If you do decide to install this internet security suite without parental control switched on then you can easily add that feature back in at a later time anyway through the easy to navigate interface.
Once you have installed the program and run all the necessary updates you will be presented with the interface.
Personally, I love it, as it is minimalist and functional at the same time.
I know many people who buy internet security suites and antivirus programs who struggle to get to grips with them because of the sheer number of options presented to them; luckily F-Secure keeps it simple.
The first screen you’ll be presented with is shown in the image above and, as you can see, you will only be presented with a few options that are self-explanatory.
Novice users will be grateful because there is little to confuse them here – checking the status of the program and running the first scan can each be accomplished with just one click.
Ease Of Use
As I’ve alluded to above, F-Secure Internet Security 2011 is a security program that is very easy to use.
All the options you will ever need are easily found from the main screen, meaning most tasks can be completed with just one or two clicks.
One of the first screens you will want to take a look at is the Status screen shown above.
From here you can toggle the following options on or off -
- Virus and spyware scanning
- Scheduled scanning
- Application Control
- Dial-up control
- Browsing protection
- E-mail filtering
- Parental control
Likewise, the Tasks screen gives easy access to these options -
- Running a scan
- Checking for updates
- Opening a firewall port
- Checking your subscription details
- Restoring a removed file or program
- Altering your settings
- Allowing a program to start
The main screen also gives one click access to the Statistics screen shown above which you may or may not find useful.
Lastly, the main screen also allows direct access to the Scanning, Updates and Settings features.
As you would expect, the program offers protection from a large number of different types of threat, such as -
Additionally, F-Secure offer a few other options with their internet security suite.
Browser protection is a toolbar that can be added to your browser if you use either Firefox or Internet Explorer.
Basically, what it does is it validates search engine results and then indicates whether they are either considered to be safe to visit or a potential threat.
I don’t use it often as I prefer the Chrome browser but when I use Firefox it seems to run quite nicely indeed.
Another feature in this program is DeepGuard that allows F-Secure to protect you from threats quicker than if the program only relied upon traditional signature files.
DeepGuard uses a proprietary Host Based Intrusion Prevention System as well as the likes of sandboxing, advanced heuristics and other techniques to offer effective protection for your computer system.
Lastly, the program also contains a Firewall that is very easy to get to grips with.
Every time a new network connection is detected it will pop a box up to notify you.
You can then elect to either allow or deny each new connection as they happen.
If you are unsure what a new connection is then there is a details screen and there is the option to have the firewall remember what you have asked it to do with each connection.
For the more advanced users out there the option of tinkering with the firewall is available through the Settings>Network connections part of the menu, as seen in the picture below.
System Requirements And Pricing
F-Secure’s Internet Security 2011 requires the following system specs to run -
- 512MB RAM (mote recommended)
- Minimum of 600MB of disk space
- Windows XP, Windows Vista (32- and 64-bit), Windows 7 (all versions)
You can but this internet security suite with either one or two year’s protection.
For one year the cost is $59.99 and for two years $99.99.
Both options allow you to protect up to 3 PCs with the one license which is very good value in my opinion.
F-Secure’s Internet Security 2011, Available Now
Overall, I really like this internet security program.
Sure, I could cope just fine with one that is more complicated but why should I have to?
F-Secure Internet Security 2011 is very easy to understand and is the perfect choice for the novice user in my opinion, whilst still offering a good level of protection to the more tech-savvy amongst you as well.
The annoyance of the Parental Control passwords that I mentioned at the beginning won’t be forgotten but it can be forgiven because it is a minor distraction from what I believe to be an otherwise great product.
Would I protect my own system with this?
Oh yes, and in fact, I already do!
While you are here please check out my other 2012 Internet Security reviews.