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Kaspersky Internet Security

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Phishing Protection Results Chart All four of the independent antivirus testing labs I follow include Kaspersky in their regular reports. In the latest set of reports, Kaspersky earned the maximum possible score in every possible test. Bitdefender Internet Security almost managed the same feat, but fell just short of the maximum in one test. In the past, Kaspersky reserved the System Watcher behavioral detection component for paid products, but with the edition that feature made it into the free antivirus.
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Kaspersky Internet Security 2017

Phishing Protection Results Chart All four of the independent antivirus testing labs I follow include Kaspersky in their regular reports. In the latest set of reports, Kaspersky earned the maximum possible score in every possible test. Bitdefender Internet Security almost managed the same feat, but fell just short of the maximum in one test.

In the past, Kaspersky reserved the System Watcher behavioral detection component for paid products, but with the edition that feature made it into the free antivirus.

I tested this feature and found that it caught all my ransomware samples even with the regular real-time protection turned off. Kaspersky didn’t fare quite as well in my hands-on malware protection test, scoring 8. However, when my results don’t jibe with the labs, I defer to the labs. Cylance and F-Secure both took 9. Since they’re different samples, results aren’t directly comparable, but 10 is surely good. When I challenged Kaspersky to block malware downloads from a hundred recently discovered malware-hosting URLs, it either blocked access to the URL or eliminated the download 92 percent of the time.

That’s very good, but Bitdefender recently earned 99 percent in this test, with Norton and Trend Micro Internet Security close behind, at 98 and 97 percent respectively. When first tested, Kaspersky earned a dismal score of 44 percent in my antiphishing test. Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer all did better. My contact at the company checked with the developers and found that indeed they were working on some problems with the antiphishing servers. Once they fixed the problem, I tested again.

This time Kaspersky managed percent detection, edging Bitdefender with 99 percent detection out of the top slot for this test. Bitdefender offers a very similar deal, also powered by AnchorFree. Other bonus features include an on-screen keyboard to foil keyloggers and a markup system to flag dangerous links in search results.

Features Shared With Premium Antivirus One big plus to paying for Kaspersky Anti-Virus is that you get full-scale tech support, via phone or live chat. Users of the free edition must rely on FAQs and forums. You also get the ability to tweak some settings that are locked on in the free edition. To test System Watcher’s ransomware-protection skills, I had to use the commercial edition, because the free edition didn’t let me turn off ordinary real-time protection.

Occasionally you may encounter a persistent malware threat that prevents you from installing Kaspersky, or from running a scan. In such a case, the Rescue Disk can help. On a clean system, you download the ISO file that represents the Rescue Disk and burn it to a physical disk.

Booting from this disk starts the computer in an alternate operating system, effectively neutering any Windows-based malware. Note that with Bitdefender you don’t even need to burn a disk—just reboot in Rescue Mode. Hackers find security holes and security companies patch those holes.

If you fail to apply the patches, you can have big trouble. The Vulnerability Scan reports on any missing patches for Windows and popular applications.

It also reports on configuration settings that are bad for security, with an option to fix those automatically. The Browser Configuration Check, Privacy Cleaner, and Microsoft Windows Troubleshooting scans are very similar; there’s even some overlap in their features. Each looks for security or privacy problems and reports them in three categories: And once you’ve used any of the three, you can run it again to roll back its actions. By default, once you’ve accepted that offer, it always opens that site in the protected browser.

Bitdefender’s Safepay feature works in much the same way. A green border around the browser, along with a semi-transparent overlay notice, reminds you that you’re in this special, protected mode, in a browser that’s isolated from other processes.

It even foils screen-scraping spy programs. New in this edition, you can open the notification area icon’s menu and choose from a list of sites you’ve visited with Safe Money, to quickly revisit any of them. Optional Spam Filter If you use a web-based email system like Yahoo or Gmail, you probably don’t see a lot of spam, because it gets filtered out by the provider.

Likewise, if your email comes through your workplace you’re probably spared from most spam. Kaspersky’s spam filtering is turned off by default, but you can turn it on by clicking the Settings gear, clicking Protection at left, and scrolling down to Anti-Spam.

Its filter has three modes, Recommended, High, and Low. As you might expect, setting it to High blocks more spam but might also discard valid mail. Changing the setting to Low goes the other way, possibly allowing more spam but avoiding the possibility that you’ll lose an important message to the spam filter.

That’s it for basic settings. If you dare to open the Advanced Settings page, there are a few more options, but not the overwhelming number of pages that come with spam filtering in Check Point ZoneAlarm Extreme Security. You can change the subject line label it uses to flag spam. You can configure a list of blocked phrases, meaning any message containing that phrase should be considered spam. Finally, you can manage lists of allowed and blocked senders.

For most users, the default settings should be fine. Parental Control Like spam filtering, parental control is a feature that many people don’t need. When you activate parental control, it insists that you create a password, so the kids can’t just turn off protection. Next it lists each Windows user account, giving you the opportunity to turn on parental control for those that need it. And of course, once you’ve enabled parental control, you configure it to suit your needs.

Kaspersky offers several different ways to put limits on computer use. You can define a time span, separately for weekdays and weekends, when the child can’t use the computer. Separately, you can set a limit on total computer time. If you prefer, you can switch to a full-week schedule of when computer use is and isn’t permitted.

Either way, you can also add enforced breaks, for example, requiring the child to spend 15 minutes of every hour away from the computer. That break feature is unusual; I like it. Control freaks can dig in to block specific game rating categories such as Crude Humor and Fantasy Violence. Also under Applications, you can block use of programs or program categories, or set time restrictions.

Many parental control systems put web content filtering front and center. With Kaspersky, this feature is hidden on the Internet page. This page also lets you put a limit on Internet time separate from the computer time limit , enforce Safe Search, and block downloading of several file types.

On the content filtering page, you can accept the product’s default blocking suggestions or make your own choices from the 14 categories. In testing, I found that Kaspersky blocked inappropriate sites, including HTTPS sites, in both common browsers and even in a very off-brand browser that I wrote myself. It also correctly blocked access to secure anonymizing proxy sites, since access to such a site would permit unfiltered access to the internet.

Impressively, its heuristic analysis meant it could allow access to a short-story website, but block erotica. Parents can also configure Kaspersky to block transmission of too-personal data, such as your home address or phone number.

A related feature allows detection of specific keywords in messages and web forms. The keyword feature simply logs the message, search term, or other entry. In addition to all the control features I’ve mentioned, Kaspersky offers detailed monitoring and activity reporting for each child. The main report summarizes activity, including time on the computer, application use, websites visited, social media communication, and more.

For each topic you can dig in for detail, or click to jump straight to the corresponding settings. Long-time Kaspersky users may notice one small change. Parental control in this suite and the corresponding macOS suite no longer attempts to track and control social media contacts.

That feature is still available in the high-end Kaspersky Safe Kids , which comes with the Kaspersky Total Security mega-suite. Safe Kids also lets you apply a child’s profile across all the devices the child uses, on multiple platforms. Webcam and Privacy Protection Have you ever looked up a product online and then found ads for that product infesting your browsing experience? Creepy, right? Kaspersky’s Private Browsing feature can help, blocking ad agencies, web analytics, and other trackers, but by default it just watches and reports tracking attempts.

Click Privacy Protection and check the option to block data collection. By default, Kaspersky exempts websites belonging to itself and its partners, but you can put them on the chopping block, too. Just click the Private Browsing link to bring up settings. It also refrains from blocking ads when doing so might disable the website. The Kaspersky toolbar icon in your browser displays the number of trackers blocked on the current page. You can click for a breakdown of the tracking types, and dig in further to see the exact trackers.

A related feature, Anti-Banner, suppresses banner ads from the sites you visit. Remember, however, that your favorite sites rely on ad revenue to bring you the pages you like. Use Anti-Banner responsibly. For a completely different take on privacy, Kaspersky offers spyware protection in the form of a webcam control tool. If you set it to deny access, it warns you any time an untrusted process attempts to access the webcam.

Were you setting up a video conference? No problem. You can add the conferencing program to the trusted list.

But if the warning comes without any relation to what you’re doing, thank Kaspersky for blocking some creep from peeking through your webcam. You can also set it to block webcam access for all processes.

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