My Review Of G Data Internet Security 2013

Review of: G Data IS 2013
Internet Security:
Lee
Version:
2013
Price:
$34.95
G Data IS 2013

Reviewed by:
Rating:
4
On May 15, 2012
Last modified:May 25, 2013

Summary:

G Data Internet Security 2013 offers good quality protection and a decent range of features. With free Android security and a competitive price its definitely worthy of your consideration.

Key Benefits

  • Quick to install
  • Easy to use
  • Two scanning engines
  • Comes with free protection for Android phones

As I’m sure you’re all aware by now, the world will end in 2012. G Data, keen to get another security product out before the end of the Mayan calender, are well prepared though and their 2013 line up is available right now!

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G Data Internet Security 2013 Review

A couple of weeks ago I took a look at G Data Antivirus 2013 and was quite impressed to be honest.

For many people I would imagine the main point of interest may be the fact that the program uses two different engines (Avast! and BitDefender) for it’s scanning. I covered that in some detail in the antivirus review so, instead of me repeating myself, I’ll let you read that for yourself.

Today I’ll concentrate on how the internet security suite differs from the antivirus program.

Installation

Installing this program is very simple indeed. Its bigger than the antivirus so it took a little longer – around 3-4 minutes from first inserting the DVD.

You simply need to follow the instructions on screen and then you’ll be up and running in no time. There is an option to register your copy later but you may as well do it straight away because you can’t update your virus signatures until you do.

When the program first loads you’ll see the screen that appears in the first screenshot below though you’ll have a red exclamation mark telling you your virus signatures are out of date – make sure you hit that Correct button straight away to deal with that issue before proceeding.

Interface

As per my antivirus review, I’m not overly inspired with the interface here. Simplistic is probably a good thing for most users who want to be able to find and tinker with the basic functions easily but it still looks a bit bland to me.

interface

Features

With this being an internet security suite there are many more features here than in the antivirus program:

Obviously there is still an antivirus component here. When scanning you are able to choose between two different engines or you can use both. Obviously using one engine is quicker and less taxing on your system resources but using both engines will give you an increased level of security.

Other aspects unique to the internet security suite:

Antispam

The spam filter in G Data Internet Security 2013 allows you to make many choices about how you identify spam and also how you deal with any that is detected.

As you can see in the image below, you have the option of using whitelisting, blacklists, keywords, content filters and more options besides.

Antispam

If an inccoming email is identified as spam through the use of these filters then you can decide what to do with it:

  • Reject the email
  • Insert a warning of your choice into the subject line and then deliver it anyway
  • Move the email straight to a particular folder (Microsoft Outlook only), i.e. “Spam”

Firewall

A firewall is a critical part of your internet defense these days and this one from G Data is full of useful options.

You can choose to leave it at the default level which offers a pretty good and rounded level of defense to those who don’t want to make any manual changes (or those who don’t understand whats going on here).

Firewall

More advanced users will like the ability to choose which networks to protect (for those of us who use more than one), as well as the ability to play around with all of the Rule sets which control:

  • Access for specific applications
  • Port control
  • Printer sharing
  • Domain services
  • Internet connection sharing
  • VPN connections

Parental Controls

If you have kids then parental controls may prove useful. I say may because many kids these days know a lot more about computers than their parents do! If your kids are older then this area may not prove as effective at protecting them as you may think 😉

Parental-Controls

The parental controls part of G Data Internet Security 2013 allows you to set up different rules for different users.

With it you can:

  • block every internet site that contains particular terms
  • create a whitelist so the user can only access the sites of your choosing
  • set up time windows so that internet access is only available for limited periods of the day, controlled by you
  • do the same as above but for computer usage in general

G Data Shredder

Another separate feature that comes with this security suite is the G Data Shredder. This allows you to permanently delete any files or folders you wish in a fairly secure manner. You can choose how many times the file or folder gets “shredded” and this certainly offers a more secure means of deleting than, say, the Recycle bin.

Shredder

Performance and resource usage

As its still very early in the year for 2013 programs(!) there aren’t any tests published by the independent labs (as far as I could see) so I resorted to running my own by using a list of recent nasties that I have.

When it comes to malware G Data internet security did very well indeed and blocked everything I threw its way, including both trojan samples and some pretty dodgy web links.

In terms of resource usage you have to be mindful of the engines you use. Ideally, you want to have engine A and engine B on all the time but I found that this could have an impact on system performance. Using just one engine was better than using both in such circumstances and I found engine A to be the least resource hungry of the two (you may see different results depending upon the capabilities of your own computer).

System Requirements

The minimum suggested system requirements for this program are as follows:

  • Windows Vista or Windows 7 (32 or 64 bit) / Windows XP (SP2 or above)
  • 1 GB of RAM for Vista and 7 / 512 MB RAM for XP
Settings

Overall Impression

G Data Internet Security 2013 is an interesting program considering its use of two different scanning engines. I believe that using either engine independently will yield pretty good results but, ideally, you want to be using both to gain maximum benefit from what is obviously the key selling point of this piece of software. And for that you may need to be in possession of a pretty new computer, despite the fact that you can set the program up to scan outside of when you are using it intensively.

That said, the detection rates are good, even with just one engine engaged. Also, the firewall and parental controls are pretty good too. Additionally, the program works very well indeed with everything left just as it comes so the less computer savvy amongst you would definitely appreciate that.

Lastly, the price is very competitive too in comparison to whats currently available on the market. This is a security suite that you should at least consider.

G Data Internet Security 2013 offers good quality protection and a decent range of features. With free Android security and a competitive price its definitely worthy of your consideration.
About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

Comments

  1. Apu Kumar Dey says:

    G DATA Internet security is excellent. I was benefited by it. But can I have a trial version now?

  2. Aggravatorx says:

    Just wanted to say thanks for info on security apps also wanted to say I have tried them all and mean that and by far Norton 2013 runs the best for windows 8.and with there pulse updates every 5-10 min your hard drive is not being hammered by full definition updates.

    and also im hearing good things about the upcoming G-data 2014 where they got rid of avast and put in their own av.and it is much faster.time will tell

    thanks again

    • Lee Munson says:

      You’re welcome.

      I have to say I’ve been pleasantly surprised by Norton for the last 2 years – prior to that I hated their products but I’m coming around a bit now.

      I’ll be looking out for G-Data at InfoSec next month – hopefully I’ll get my hands on a copy….

      • aggravatorx says:

        well please when you do try it out let us know how good G-Data 2014 is
        been trying to get the beta but not in the U.S . yet. and don’t trust most of the sites that offer it most are .key loggers most of them.
        and me to living with Norton 2013 for now it let me down once on windows 8 with maxathon browser skin had a virus didn’t catch it.but hitman pro caught it.
        and I tried bitdefender 2014 beta but they have some full scan improving to do and I know its a Beta.
        but the one thing I never understand is Comodo with these great reviews
        scan time is ancient and its terrible with windows 8 sad because im from nj myself.

  3. Sir I want update my Eset 5 Nod antivirus, i have many try update my Eset5 but it could not update till now any easy procedure do you have please sent me in detail
    Raza Ali

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