Kaspersky Internet Security 2016
Kaspersky is a well-known name in anti-malware software. The version on review here is Kaspersky Internet Security 2016. This is the mid-range product in Kaspersky’s line up of anti-malware software, the other two being Kaspersky Antivirus and their premium Total Security. Kaspersky Internet Security 2016 comes in two versions, the stand-alone product, and then Internet Security Multi-device which secures any combination of PCs, Mac & Android devices.
Installation of Kaspersky Internet Security 2016 is straightforward. You can purchase, or download a trial, run install, once installed restart PC and you are ready to go. Most default settings will be OK for most home and small office users. The software is slick and as effective as ever.
The User Interface (UI) is similar to last year’s edition with a few changes and some new features. In the last edition of Kaspersky Internet Security the main window of the user interface had four quadrants, dominated by big button-panels labelled Scan, Update, Safe Money, and Parental Control. The new edition has a slightly different appearance, with four borderless buttons aligned horizontally, but the labels are the same, and it has a cleaner look.
Along the top is the status banner, this changes according to the status. It changes from green to yellow or red. If that happens, you can click a link for solutions to the security status problem. Green obviously meaning your system is protected.
Clicking on the first of the four quadrants, Scan, brings up the Scan panel. On the left you have four choices. Full Scan, Quick Scan, Selective Scan and External Devices Scan. All the links are self-explanatory.
The next one is Update. This brings up the software update panel. At the top of the page it shows if the software databases are up to date, and underneath the Update Button. On the page it also shows when the software was last updated, and Run Mode.
Safe Money from Kaspersky adds an extra layer of protection for online banking, shopping and payment systems. Cybercriminals are always trying to compromise your system and steal your money, Safe Money helps to protect you even more.
Whenever you use your PC to visit a banking, shopping or payment website, Safe Money technology checks that the site is secure, ensures you’re not being tricked by a fake site and then opens the website in a special, protected mode. There is also an “On-Screen Keyboard” available.
Last on the list is Parental Controls. The parental control settings are fairly simple, but include an adult website filter, adult software filter and settings that let you limit how long your child can browse on weekdays and weekends.
There are a number of additional tools available. Kaspersky Internet Security 2016 includes a "Private Browsing" feature which works with Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer to stop websites tracking your activities. Please note, The Private Browsing component does not prevent social networks (Facebook, Google Plus, Twitter) from collecting data about your preferences when you visit their websites.
There is also a Password Manager, Remote management, Kaspersky Rescue Disk and more.
It's a great feature set, but Kaspersky Internet Security's 2016 real strength lies in its very solid protection. There's no need to take our word for it, as the independent testing labs regularly place Kaspersky products at or near the top of their reports - check out AV-Comparatives' latest Real-World Protection scores here.
Operating System Covered: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 and 10, Mac, Android
Price: Paid versions
ISP Mark: 9.5/10