Are you looking to protect your PC, laptop or netbook? Do you want more than just antivirus protection? If so, you’ll be wanting a complete internet security suite.
There are many bonuses to buying an internet security suite as opposed to a standalone antivirus program. Some examples of the extra features you will gain if you spend a few extra dollars on your security are –
- a firewall
- antispam protection
- protection against dodgy links in search engines
- identity theft protection
Most of the above are fairly common features in internet security programs these days but many vendors add in other useful additions that are unique to their products. In fact, I expect all of the companies I will be looking at to try and outdo each other, as well as improve on their 2011 offerings.
I will be reviewing internet security products from the following companies as they are released over the next few months. So keep popping back as I will add more on a regular basis –
2012 Internet Security Reviews
1. Kaspersky Internet Security 2012
This internet security program is quick to install and offers a comprehensive level of protection.
Comes packed with more features than you can shake a stick at!
[box type="gray"]2. BitDefender Total Security 2012 (beta)
High resource usage put me off using the beta version but…
…BitDefender normally get it right so I expect the final version to be much improved.
3. F-Secure Internet Security 2012 (beta)
I rated the 2011 version good enough to protect 3 computers in my own house.
This year’s version looks just as good.
[box type="gray"]2a. BitDefender Total Security 2012 (final release)
After all the issues I had with the beta version I thought I would give the final version a try and, wow!, what an improvement!
As predicted, the final version works well.
[box type="yellow"]4. Panda Internet Security 2012
A good program that runs effectively on low spec machines but…
…would Panda’s antivirus program offer you better value for money?
[box type="gray"]5. AVG Internet Security 2012
I don’t particularly like the firewall that comes with this but
the detection rate is good and the system resource usage is low.
[box type="yellow"]6. ESET Smart Security 5
Very easy to use and quick to run
Effective detection and removal of threats.
[box type="gray"]7. Bullguard Internet Security 12
Very good at blocking malware
5 GB of free hosted online backups.
[box type="yellow"]3a. F-Secure Internet Security 2012 (final release)
Is the final version as good as the beta?
My views coming soon….
[box type="gray"]8. Norton Internet Security 2012
Excellent spam filter.
[box type="yellow"]9. BitDefender Internet Security 2012
Excellent malware detection rate
Very good at removing malware
[box type="gray"]10. Kaspersky Pure .
Excellent malware detection and removal
Protect 3 PCs with one license
Now that I’ve finished my reviews for this year you are probably wondering which suite I think is best?
Well, there is no simple answer to that question. There are many factors that you have to consider when buying a security suite –
- how do you use your computer
- what sort of web sites do you visit
- do you do online banking on the machine you are looking to protect
- how fast is your computer
- do you have some computer skill or do you need your hand held
- and many more
That said, a couple of programs do rise to the top this year – BitDefender definitely excels but needs a reasonably good computer to run on. And F-Secure offers all round protection without bringing your computer to a standstill.
Which one of the above did you choose for 2012?
If you would prefer to look solely at antivirus protection then head on over to my reviews of the best antivirus programs for 2012.