The best thing about Kaspersky Internet Security is the fact that it has managed to hit the sweet-spot between the in-depth configuration options of tools such as Norton AntiVirus or Eset and set & forget interface of Avast and Microsoft Security Essentials.
Needless to say, this isn’t the only the only suite of tools in Kaspersky’s line-up. The company has created various software options for Home, Small Offices and Large Businesses. Users with personal computers can choose between Kaspersky Total Security, Anti-Virus 2015 and Internet Security. Alternatively, Kaspersky Small Office Security is recommended for small offices and the Total Security software for enterprises.
Today we will be focusing on, what we believe to be, the pest Internet Security tool for casual users: Kaspersky Internet Security 2015.
Kaspersky Internet Security 2015: Features & Benefits
Kaspersky will protect you against the most common issue encountered by heavy internet users: sensitive data protection for cloud-based technologies, financial transactions, malicious websites and social networks. It also has an advanced parental controls feature were the user can set safety requirements for responsible online surfing.
Here’s a breakdown for Kaspersky’s main features:
- anti-spam, anti-spyware, anti-virus
- system watcher & rollback
- safe money
- application control & URL advisor
- two-way firewall
- automatic exploit prevention
- Instant safety checks
- virtual & secure keyboard
- free technical support
The strong-point of Kaspersky Internet Security is its ability to detect, remove or prevent malware. The software covers everything from rootkits, keyloggers and security exploits to spyware and screen lockers. If you don’t know what all these things do, here is a short explanation:
- Rootkits: are the annoying little things that infiltrate operating systems accessible only to administrators in order to take control over the system.
- Screen lockers: are extremely dangerous because they will lock your screen and accuse you of illegal pornography on the computer.
- Spyware: while not all type of spyware is illegal, it can become extremely frustrating when your personal data is collected and sent to someone else without consent.
- Keyloggers: is another form of malware which records what buttons you press on the keyboard in order to steal credit card numbers and passwords. The virtual keyboard feature on Kaspersky prevents this.
- Security Exploits: to put it shortly, security exploits look for vulnerabilities in your computer’s applications and software.
Although Kaspersky’s internet security tool works on almost all types of computers and operating systems there are a few limitations & requirements that you should keep in mind. The first thing would be to check out whether or not your OS is supported by the software. Kaspersky Internet Security is compatible with Windows XP, Windows 7 (Ultimate, Home Basic and Starter), Windows Vista, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. You can also test the Mac version of the tool here.
As far as hardware requirements are concerned, you will need a processor of at least 800 MHz and 512 MB for Windows XP, a processor of 1 GHz or higher and 1 GB RAM for x32 (2GB Ram for x64) for Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8.
In order to successfully complete the installation process you will need the following:
- at least 480 MB of free space
- mouse, internet connection or CD-ROM / DVD-ROM
Kaspersky Internet Security: First Impressions
What makes Kaspersky Internet Security 2015 one of the best cyber security software out there is its user-friendly interface and strong capabilities. In order to complete the installation through the official site you will have to provide your email address. Alternatively, you can download it directly from Softpedia.
The setup for the file is 161 MB and after that you will have to patch it up with an additional 100 MB worth of data. You should also keep in mind that Kaspersky requires 87 MB of RAM to work under normal conditions. Some software are incompatible with Kaspersky Internet Security. To avoid problems the program will prompt an ‘incompatible software’ message to display possible conflicts. This unusual approach will automatically eliminate any frustrations which may arise from using the program incorrectly.
After the installation is complete all the features will be activated. From the user-interface you can disable features that you do not intend to use. Every time you open Kaspersky Internet Security you will see a welcome message which displays some of the most important features of the program (Privacy Cleaner, Anti-banner and Safe Money). You can deactivate this pop-up by clicking on “Do not show anymore”.
Unlike other cyber security software, Kaspersky Internet Security won’t let you live under the false impression that your computer is secure when it isn’t.
All threats are quickly resolved in the Protection Center. Even inexperienced users will be able to tweak the settings of the software with only a few clicks (toggle switches are available in the control panel).
Although Kaspersky isn’t as disruptive as other Antivirus software, it may still interrupt your every-day PC usage. However, there is a nifty feature called “Gaming Profile” which will switch off all pop-up notifications while you are in full-screen applications. There is also another option that will enable you to schedule scans and updates only when the computer is idle.
- You can tell Kaspersky which websites to launch manually in the browser. This will make it easier for you to protect sensitive data.
- Vulnerability scan: this type of scan will look for potential weaknesses on your computer.
- Parental Controls: are probably the best & most detailed we’ve encountered thus far. The following features should be reminded: ability to allow/block PC use and/or internet access during specific time intervals, ability to create breaks and ability to block different applications (such as games) based on age rating and file name.
- Complex rules for Firewall: ability to choose protection levels for different modules, schedule scans and add exclusions.
The only thing that I found annoying about Kaspersky Internet Security was the fact that the interface has no Home button. This means that you will have to continuously press the Back button to get back to the main menu. Imagine having to do this once you get lost deep in the configuration menus.
Kaspersky Internet Security: Price & ValueFirst of all, you can try out Kaspersky Internet Security 2015 for free, for 30 days. During this period the software will be fully-featured in order to give you a better idea if it is worth your money or not. Once the trial is complete you will have to pick one of the packages available:
- 1 PC, 1 Year: 59.95 dollars
- 1 PC, 2 Years: 82.95 dollars
- 3 PCs, 1 Year: 79.95 dollars
- 3 PCs, 2 Years: 109.95 dollars
Considering that the software scored 10/10 on TopTenReviews and it has already received stellar reviews from the industry’s tech giants, we can safely say that the price of each subscription is just.
Kaspersky Internet Security: Performance
In 7tutorial’s PC Vantage and 3DMark Vantage benchmarks the cyber security software cored incredibly well. Both tests revealed that the software didn’t have a meaningful influence on performance. As a matter of fact, it only 1 second to the test system’s boot time of 36 seconds. In addition to this, the performance score awarded by TopTenReviews was 10. In other words, it scored above Bitdefender Internet Security, Avira Internet Security and McAffee Internet Security (all of which averaged at 9.7).
TopTenReviews also revealed that it takes into account three factors when it evaluates the performance of cyber security software: level of protection against potential infections, accuracy of detection and impact on PC speed. Kaspersky managed to detect 20.646 samples of malware that was less than 4 weeks old. In addition to this, 138 instances of zero-day malware was detected by the software. In terms of speed, Kaspersky Internet Security 2015 had no effect on the computer’s performance.
Kaspersky Internet Security: Support
Standard support is extended to clients free of charge. This will help them with issues regarding configuration & installation as well as functionality. Standard support is available through online chat, phone and email. You can also used the Frequently Asked Questions section of the site for extra support. There is also an option for premium support which entails additional fees but offers access to information related to spyware removal, PC tune-up and networking.
Kaspersky is very prompt in delivering help and support to its customers and most problems will be resolved quickly because online chat is available 18 hours a day, seven days a week. There is also a user forum where other customers can give you advice.
Kaspersky Internet Security 2015 truly shines when it comes to strong security. Various tests prove that it is capable of protecting against 99% of threats without having to forfeit on computer performance.
All in all, it is the best package available. Sure, Avast, Eset and Norton are all very capable suites, but Kaspersky will always be the one to strike the perfect balance between efficiency, performance and interface. On top of this, it also comes at a great price.