- 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!
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.
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appears in the first screenshot below though you’ll have a red exclamation mark telling you your virus signatures are out of date – make sure you hit that Correct button straight away to deal with that issue before proceeding.
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.
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:
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.
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”
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).
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
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
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.
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).
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
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.