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SECURITY COMPLETE 2011
$79.95 PER YEAR (THREE LICENSES)
You may know Webroot best for free security
software, particularly its tools designed to make
web surfing safer. However, the company offers
one of the most compelling security suites we've
tested, Internet Security Complete. In addition to
a simple interface, it includes a generous 10GB of
storage, as well as thorough identity theft protection
and an easy way to port your security settings to
other PCs. If it offered parental controls, it would
be practically perfect.
After installing the 300MB program, we had to
restart once. The program's user interface is intui-
tive, and it does a particularly good job of keeping
the home screen streamlined, while quarantining
a host of advanced settings elsewhere.
Internet Security Complete relies heavily on green,
yellow, and red color-coding to communicate to
users that their PCs are either safe. The program's
four pillars---Identity & Privacy, PC Security, Sync
& Sharing, and System Cleaner are color-coded on
the home screen.
Clicking Edit Settings goes to one page of settings
tabs for each section of the program. For instance,
users can modify the filters allowing content through
the firewall, as well as decide which third-party
applications' files are subject to cleanup.
In addition to scanning for malware, Webroot
includes ratings next to search results in a web
browser, and attempts to block unsafe sites. While
Webroot isn't tested by AV Comparatives or AV-Test.
org, it did pass West Coast Labs' and ICSA Labs'
tests for virus detection and removal. Power users
will appreciate Gamer mode, which delays routine
scans while a game is in progress. Users (or the
parents of users) can also set time limits on their
gaming---say, four hours.
Webroot Internet Security Complete caused
Firefox to launch in 2 seconds, not 1. Impressively,
our boot time went from 1:17 to 43 seconds.
As with the rest of the interface, the PC optimization
feature, called System Cleaner, is easy for novices
to use but also offers enough advanced options to
satisfy more tech-savvy users. You can click Cleanup
Now to run all of the cleanup processes, which
removes Internet items, Windows and Microsoft
Office files, and third-party application files, as well
as permanently deletes files. Norton 360 doesn't
have a button for running all of these processes at
once, nor does it offer as many advanced settings.
Best of all: Webroot is fast. Our system cleanup took
just 13 seconds.
The software also has robust identity protection
controls, which are located not in the desktop client,
but at my.webroot.com. Through these controls you
can add favorite sites, as well as your passwords for
them. By default the anti-spam filter is turned off,
but the anti-phishing tool is enabled. As an added
bonus, Webroot throws in a free credit report so that
users can make sure their financial reputations are
Webroot Internet Security Complete comes with
a liberal 10GB of online backup, whereas most of its
competitors offer 2GB. Setting up an online account
was easy: Through a website, we provided our e-mail
address and selected a password, whose strength
Webroot rated on a weak-to-strong spectrum. Once
you've signed up, you can view your stored files,
identity protection settings, and remaining free
space at my.webroot.com.
The versatile features offered in Webroot's online
backup won us over. Files can not only be backed
up and stored, but they can be synced across
multiple PCs. Use the Magic Briefcase feature to
do the syncing and Web Archive to save multiple
versions of a file. Also, when you upload photos,
you can create an album whose link can be shared
with either the public or specific friends (you can
always keep your stuff private, too). There's even a
music player for audio files stored in the cloud. While
every security suite offers online backup, Internet
Security Complete is the only one that pulls extra
duty as a file syncer, cloud-based music player,
and photo sharing service.
If one thing is missing from this feature-rich,
beautifully designed security suite, it's parental
controls. For some people, of course, this won't
be a deal-breaker, but parents who take comfort
in being able to monitor and even control their
children's online activities will be more satisfied with
suites such as Symantec Norton 360, which offers
thorough parental controls that cater to different
parenting styles (e.g., those who seek to keep kids
from doing certain things, and others who just want
to keep an eye on what they're doing).
Although parents looking to monitor their children's
computer use will be disappointed (we recommend
Norton 360 for $69.99 a year instead), we still like
Webroot Internet Security Complete (a relatively
expensive$79.95 per year)for its simple user interface
and rich identity protection settings. Additionally, you
get a hefty(and more usable)10GB of online backup.
If you don't require parental controls, its interface and
practical amount of storage won't disappoint.
lets users protect
their identities from
•Includes 10GB of
•Gamer mode delays
scans until after
gameplay is finished
•No parental controls
A unique security suite,
Complete comes with
a generous 10GB of
storage and makes it
easy to share photo
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