Home' LAPTOP Magazine : October 2010 Contents K ASPERSKY INTERNET
$79.95 PER YEAR (THREE LICENSES)
Lightweight enough to impress power users, and easy
enough for anyone to use, Kaspersky Internet Security
2011 has some of the most robust parental controls.
Plus, the software shortened our test PC's originally
sluggish boot time. While we wish Kaspersky would
flesh out its PC optimization and backup features,
the program lives up to the company's reputation
for not interfering with PC performance.
Installing Internet Security 2011 is faster and
simpler than setting up nearly every other security
suite on the market. The best part is that no reboot
is required. The installer also scans your computer
and builds a list of trusted apps, so even before you
start using the software it has developed some
context about your habits.
A circular gadget on your desktop indicates
your system's health (say, green when everything's
okay). Two customizable buttons on the lower half
of that circle can be shortcuts for features such as
Internet Security keeps things simple for low-tech
users, while discreetly offering detailed settings. At the
top of the main screen is a large color-coded circle
with one sentence. For example, "Your computer
security is at risk." Next to this is a button that says,
"Fix it now." Along the left is a straightforward list
of categories, including Protection Center, which
provides a security overview; Safe Run with a virtual
keyboard; Scan; Update Center; Parental Controls;
and Tasks. There are no pop-up windows.
The toolbox attacks threats in browsers, and
instant messaging clients, and on the desktop,
including malware, phishing attacks, and spam. It
has a firewall, too. Its Proactive Defense technology
girds the system against new threats by scanning
pages for phishing characteristics. Users can
view a website ratings system, which shows up in
search results, as well as a Geo Filter for content
from certain parts of the world. Users can run
websites and desktop applications in a sandbox
mode that operates independently from the rest
of the system.
Since independent virus testing companies
have yet to test 2011, these results are based
on the 2010 edition. AV Comparatives gave it an
Advanced+ rating, as it detected 59 percent of the
viruses. That beats out BitDefender (50 percent) and
Norton 360 (43 percent). Kaspersky fell just behind
Norton 360, according to Dennis Publishing, which
gave it a combined protection score of 76 (where
Norton 360 scored 80); and it blocked 97.5 percent
of malware thrown at it by AV-Test.org, just half a
percent below Norton 360.
There was little impact on the test bed: with or
without a scan running, launching Firefox on our
Core i3-powered HP G62t took less than 2 seconds.
Users can take further steps to minimize the per-
formance impact by creating gamer profiles and
also allowing the computer to disable scheduled
scans while their laptops are unplugged.
There are no PC tune-up tools or online backup.
Internet Security's features are more for preserving
privacy than boosting speed. For example, Privacy
Cleaner wipes your PC of recent commands,
accessed files, cookies, and logs of other kinds of
data. Still, after running this sweep, our notebook's
boot time dropped by 16 seconds.
Users must create a password for the parental
control features, and specify as is necessary to
configure settings, exit the software, or remove
it. We wish you could create multiple profiles for
Categories for parental controls include Computer
Usage, Application Usage, Internet Usage, Web
Browsing, File Downloads, IM, Social Networking,
Private Data, and Word Usage. Computer Usage
and Internet Usage block access to the desktop
and the web, respectively, for specific hours.
Application Usage makes it easy to single out
programs you don't want your child using. Private
Data stops kids from handing out social security
numbers and other info. The Instant Messaging
category makes it easy to block users.
The relatively expensive Kaspersky Internet
Security 2011 can keep power users happy but is
easy enough for set-and-forget types. While we
prefer Symantec Norton 360 for its lower cost,
online backup, and PC tune-up tools, those who
value the ability to tweak their settings or who
crave low performance-impact will be well served
by Kaspersky Internet Security 2011.
•Fast, easy setup
•Lots of options for
•Can run applications
and websites in a safe
•Shortens boot time
•Could use PC
•No online backup
Security 2011 keeps its
interface simple, but still
offers plenty of options
for advanced users.
LAPTOP | October 2010
Links Archive November 2010 September 2010 Navigation Previous Page Next Page