360 Internet Security 2013's installer is a light 17MB, and though the overall installation time and duration was relatively fast, it's update process took longer than we had expected. Prior to installation, 360 will automatically prompt you to agree to their license and usage terms, something that's normally an opt-out process. And though it's more or less required to move on, those who are more keen on privacy details or interested in the terms of agreement should keep this in mind before they install the software. Still, the opt-out option might appear a bit suspicious, especially … Read more
Yesterday, Avast Software made news with its acquisition of privacy company Secure.Me, a small developer best known for its Facebook apps of the same name. Secure.Me protects users' Facebook accounts, monitoring all activity and photos, detecting malware links, and identifying content that is questionable or unsuitable for children.
Today, Avast makes news again with a minor update to its complete suite of Windows security applications--Avast Free Antivirus; Avast Pro Antivirus, Avast Internet Security, and the full monty, Avast Premier.
Avast version 8.0.1488.286 fixes some bugs in the interface, adds a progress bar to the … Read more
The increasing impact of malware on smartphones means that many users need protection software. Webroot Security & Antivirus performs the necessary functions of a malware protection program and is easy to operate, even for beginning smartphone users.
The program is available for free, but there is an upgrade available to a premium version with additional features for $19.99 per year. Download and installation through the Google Play store completed as expected, although there is a lengthy user agreement that needs to be accepted in order to run the program. The main screen, which provides an overview of the phone'… Read more
In one of the first independent tests of third-party security suites on Windows 8, nearly all antivirus and anti-malware software tested well. What may surprise you is that even without a third-party suite, Windows 8 is relatively resistant to modern threats like zero-day attacks, according to the report.
Independent German security suite evaluators AV-Test.org publish bimonthly tests that rate the effectiveness of the biggest Windows security suites out there and rated all 26 of the suites they tested on Windows 8 in January and February as "certified," including Windows 8 itself. This is because Windows 8 comes … Read more
AVG AntiVirus Business Edition 2013 continues the slimmer, flatter redesign from 2012, and brings the same interface improvements from its younger, smaller Free and Pro Antivirus counterparts.
The AVG installer will walk you through a few screens and present the option to install or omit additional products like Identity Protection, Email Scanner, and Surf-Shield. However, it also includes additional tools more appropriate for corporate IT environments, like Remote Admin. The AVG Toolbar is also offered, though, as opt-in as opposed to the opt-out setups found in the free counterparts. AVG does include Do Not Track, which some users may find … Read more
The risk that an Internet-connected computer is infected with malware will never be reducible to zero. It's just the nature of software that errors happen. Where there are software-design errors, there are people who will exploit those errors to their advantage.
The best PC users can hope for is to minimize the chances of an infection and to mitigate the damage a piece of malware can inflict -- whether it intends to steal a user's sensitive data or to commandeer the machine as part of a cyber attack on servers thousands of miles away.
Last week, Internet users … Read more
Now owned by Intel, McAfee All Access is a professional-grade personal computer security suite that comes with apps for Mac and Android. It's the premium security product from McAfee, but while its features are top-notch, its competitors do better at security-efficacy benchmarking.
Installation McAfee All Access doesn't have the fastest installation around, but it's not horrifically slow. From download to ready-to-use, the entire process took about six and a half minutes. By contrast, Symantec's Norton goes 0 to 60 in less than a minute.
McAfee appears to have fixed the suite's problems with oversensitivity toward … Read more
McAfee Internet Security 2013 is one of the available tiers in McAfee's 2013 suite of security products, for which McAfee Internet Security 2013 includes all of the features of McAfee All Access 2013, excepting McAfee SafeKey, McAfee All Access, online cloud features, tablet/mac support, social-network protection, hacker/thief protection, identity protection, spam blocking, and family protections.
Read the full review of McAfee's 2013 security software on the McAfee All Access 2013 product page. The rating for McAfee Antivirus Plus 2013 is independent of the rating for McAfee All Access 2013.
McAfee Internet Security 2013 is one of the available tiers in McAfee's 2013 suite of security products. McAfee Internet Security 2013 includes all of the features of McAfee All Access 2013, excepting McAfee SafeKey, McAfee All Access, online cloud features, tablet/mac support, social-network protection, hacker/thief protection, and identity protection.
Read the full review of McAfee's 2013 security software on the McAfee All Access 2013 product page. The rating for McAfee Internet Security 2013 is independent of the rating for McAfee All Access 2013.
McAfee Total Protection 2013 is one of the available tiers in McAfee's 2013 suite of security products. McAfee Total Protection 2013 includes all of the features of McAfee All Access 2013, excepting McAfee SafeKey, McAfee All Access, online cloud features, and tablet/mac support.
Read the full review of McAfee's 2013 security software on the McAfee All Access 2013 product page. The rating for McAfee Total Protection 2013 is independent of the rating for McAfee Total Access 2013.