My Review Of F-Secure Internet Security 2012 (beta)
Ok, just in case you haven’t picked it up from the title of the post, this review is for a beta version of F-Secure Internet Security 2012. That means that the version I am using is not necessarily exactly as the final retail version will be upon it’s release. That said, I used the beta version of F-Secure Internet Security 2011 last year and that was a perfectly fine product as was. I will, of course, come back and amend this review if necessary when the program comes out of beta.
- Familiar interface
- Effective detection of threats
- Easy to pick up and use
This is the second 2012 internet security program I’m looking at this year, the previous review being for Kaspersky Internet Security 2012. Over the next couple of months the other such programs that I will be writing about will be found here – The Best Internet Security Programs 2012.
I’m particularly excited about F-Secure Internet Security 2012 as the security programs from this Finnish company have been my favourites for the last couple of years and I currently have their 2011 internet security program protecting my main desktop PC, as well as two of my kid’s computers.
Will the 2012 version impress me as much? Lets find out.
Installation and first impression
Unfortunately I cannot really comment too much on the installation procedure for F-Secure Internet Security 2012 as I didn’t get my copy via the normal means – as this version I’m looking at today is a beta copy I acquired it through signing up as a beta tester. I would guess the retail copy will install in a similar fashion but obviously cannot be certain. Assuming it is the same, the file I started with was less that a megabyte in size so it was a quick download.
Opening this file up began the installation process which began with a check for other security products on my computer in case of conflict. None were found and the process then continued and finished very quickly indeed. At this point I was then presented with the following first look at the interface -
To be honest, my first impression here was to wonder if I had installed the correct product as the interface looks very similar to the 2011 version of the same program. The look has been tweaked very slightly but otherwise everything is as before. For the first few minutes I felt a little underwhelmed by that but the feeling soon passed as I appreciated the fact that I could navigate my way around the program super quick as I already knew where to find everything
One small change that I did notice, however, was the launch pad -
This appeared bottom middle of my screen and offered up a very quick and easy way of getting into the main areas of the program, namely Computer Security and Online Safety.
As I started using the program the main thing that struck me was the fact how similar it was to last year’s version. Now, as a big fan of the 2011 version, I don’t think thats a bad thing at all. The areas that are different are -
- keyless installation
- the launch pad you can see in the image above
- controls for mobile broadband
- new online safety feature which combines web filtering, browsing protection and a time lock feature
Obviously the program has all the standard features you would expect to see in an internet security program as well, including -
- application control
- e-mail filtering
- intrusion prevention and more
- Windows XP Home, XP Professional, Media Center Edition, Vista, 7
- 512 MB RAM (1 GB recommended)
- 600 MB of free hard drive space
- Internet Explorer 6.0 or newer browser
With F-Secure IS 2012 protecting my computer I proceeded to visit a collection of, erm, ‘dodgy’ sites that I am aware of in order to see how the program, specifically WebGuard, performed. I tried to visit around 35-40 malicious sites (don’t try that at home kids) and was pleased to discover that this latest program from F-Secure correctly blocked each and every one of them.
The version of the program I am using right now is only in beta but thats still a very promising sign.
+ Plus Points
For me, the biggest bonus with F-Secure Internet Security 2012 is the fact that it is so similar to the 2011 version of the same program. At first I wanted to be blown away by a new interface with bells and flashing lights but, in the end, I quite appreciated the fact that it was so similar and easy to use. In fact this is definitely a great choice for people who are new to such programs as it is very simple to get to grips with.
The changes from last year are so minor in my opinion that I would say that this shouldn’t so much be called a new product as a service pack to last year’s program. That, as I mentioned before, is not a bad thing though because Internet Security 2011 was a great program and one I’ve been happy to use for the last 12 months.
- Minus Points
Lack of change aside, there isn’t too much to not like about F-Secure Internet Security 2012. The only potential issue that I found was a lack of support for Firefox 5 which is surprising seeing as that was a planned release. That said, I’ve heard that said support will in fact be in place from the 8th of July.
I’ve been a big fan of F-Secure products for a couple of years now and this release hasn’t changed my way of thinking. Its not quite as new, innovative or exciting as I perhaps hoped it would have been but it is still very much the program I know and trust from last year.
And thats the point.
I, like many of you, rely upon my computer for far more than I care to admit and keeping it up and running, free of malware and other potential security issues is of vital importance to me. F-Secure products have kept me safe over the last year or two and I have no doubt that the next 12 months will be more of the same. I’ll take that feeling of protection over swanky new graphics and new features every time thanks.
- from $49.95