- Comes with free Android security
- Detected spyware that no other program had yet uncovered
- Easy to use
Today’s review sees the first of several security products from Trend Micro come under the spotlight…
Will it run on my PC?
The minimum suggested system requirements for this program are as follows:
- Windows XP SP3 / Vista SP2 / 7 / 8 (32 bit only for XP, 32 or 64 bit for all other versions of Windows)
- 350 Mhz processor for XP / 800 Mhz CPU for Vista and 7 / 1 Ghz for 8
- 256 MB Ram for XP / 512 MB for Vista / 1 GB for 7 / 1 GB for 8 (2 GB for 64 bit version)
- 500 MB or more of hard drive space
Is it easy to install this program?
Installation is pretty straightforward here. You get to choose whether or not to share data with Trend Micro and will have to input your email address as part of the process.
Other than that its pretty much a case of sitting down with a coffee and waiting for the install to complete.
What is the user interface like?
One of the things I like most about this program is the user interface – it is very simple and easy to get to grips with.
The interface is well laid out. On the main screen (above) you can see the green tick which clearly shows right away that you are protected.
Across the top of the screen you gain easy access to the main components of the program.
To the right you get access to your Security Summary as well as alternative means of accessing the Facebook and social networking security features.
At the bottom left you can quickly click for a scan which can be full, partial or custom.
What features does the program offer?
As you would expect from a full internet security suite this program comes complete with many features typical of this type of product. Surprisingly, perhaps, there isn’t any online banking protection as seems the norm amongst the competition this year.
The main features, besides the expecting antivirus scanning, are as follows:
Trend Micro Titanium Internet Security 2013 offers users the ability to improve their computer performance in a variety of ways –
- by recovering disk space
- by removing history logs
- by removing chat logs
- by cleaning the registry
All of these functions can be put onto a schedule to keep your operating system as well tuned as possible.
Facebook Privacy Scanner
These days the threats you face online can come from all quarters and Facebook is no exception. With Titanium’s scanner you can add an additional layer to your security. With just one click you can monitor your Facebook page settings and control who can access your info and contact you.
The program will also identify any settings you have that may impact on your privacy.
Social Network Protection
Of course Facebook isn’t the only social network on the web and so further protection is often required.
This element of the program will scan your Twitter feed as well as your Facebook wall, looking at all the links, and flagging them red or green depending on whether they are potentially malicious or not.
Data Theft Prevention
This part of the security suite will prevent your most sensitive data from finding its way onto web pages. You can enter the type of data you wish to protect, i.e. web passwords or credit card numbers, and the program will do the rest, helping to stop that data from ending up in the hands of hackers.
When you delete information from your hard drive it doesn’t disappear immediately – it remains intact until such time as new data is written over the top of it. A determined hacker could be able to retrieve your deleted files unless you take action to get rid of them for good. With Trend’s Secure Erase you can do just that by shredding unwanted files by writing random data over them.
If you have children then you may well be worried about keeping them safe when they use the computer. Thats where parental controls come in handy.
Via this part of the suite you can exert some control over what your kids can and can’t do on the machine by:
- limiting their time on the machine
- controlling which apps they can access
- blocking particular sites
- logging their activity
Will it keep me safe?
On the whole I found the program to be pretty good at detecting and removing malware. Based on the samples and testing I undertook I wouldn’t say it was as good as Kaspersky or BitDefender but it is certainly near the top of the pile.
In my testing the program detected 96 of the 100 threats that I threw its way. This is pretty good but obviously not perfect. On the other hand it did detect a piece of spyware (see above) that hasn’t yet been flagged by any of the other programs I’ve tested recently.
My overall impression of Trend’s latest security suite is largely positive. The malware detection and removal capabilities aren’t the best I’ve seen from a 2013 package yet but they’re pretty good and leave the program rating as one of the better options this year.
The additional features that this internet security program offer aren’t particularly innovative and some may lament the absence of the latest trend – online banking protection. However, all the features here are worthwhile and work just as they should.
One possible criticism I have though is the resource usage of the program. Whilst running a full scan I found memory usage to be fine but CPU usage was all over the place for the duration. Sure, it didn’t stay high but it did yo-yo between 10% and 97% all the way through. Multi-tasking through the scan was generally not a problem but for the spikes in CPU usage which did freeze the computer temporarily for short periods of time.
Overall then I would have to conclude that Trend Micro Titanium Internet Security 2013 is not the best solution for your security needs this year but is a close runner up.