Review: Kaspersky Internet Security Multi-Device 2017

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Kaspersky has been around since 1997. Founded by Eugene Kaspersky, the company has grown at a consistent rate. Their latest software, Kaspersky Internet Security – multi-device 2017 is the most comprehensive package they’ve offered yet. They’ve combined firewalling, anti-spam, anti-malware, anti-virus, parental control and application security management. Some features, like the Safe Money and Secure Input, have become a necessity. The need for better computer security has not been greater since the rise of the cloud.

The risk of malware and ransomware infection is massive. Companies are losing profits due to compromised information. Individuals are falling to fraud thanks to malicious software rife on the internet. These problems come with the territory, and it’s a given we need protection from these threats. Kaspersky has released a new edition of its long running security software. Let’s take a closer look at what they have to offer.

As a father, I have a child who is learning fast that the internet is a source for all sorts of things. One of those happens to be video streaming. Kaspersky Internet Security – multi-device 2017 allows you to block sites by category per user. The first area I tested out of this was to block YouTube and other potential exposure risks for my 5-year old child. The blocks worked. Not only could I set a time limit on internet use, I could also impose limits on what he could watch. Unfortunately there were no limits on how much data could be sent and received.

Kaspersky Internet Security Multi-device 2017

The next piece of the application was application security. By default, you can prevent access to age-restricted games. This required tinkering, as I soon discovered after starting Stasis (a rather graphic horror adventure title), and enabling game blocking for games rated 3+. Since Stasis was not ESRB rated, Internet Security 2017 allowed the game to run with no issues. The same happened after starting Golden Axe on the same PC. This is an area of concern.

Second, I ran several tests to see whether the anti-virus could pick up what I could throw at it. The EICAR test, by no means a real world benchmark of a viral infection, picked up just fine. The second, and perhaps less reliable – The Comodo Leaktest yielded a 220/340 score. Getting a perfect score here is somewhat impractical since it tests for all sorts of weaknesses that are protected by other software by default. Moving on, I went onto the the last test, and perhaps the most accurate, a file provided by TestMyAV.com. It included a combination of malware, ransomware and viruses. This test was conducted on a virtual machine running Windows 7, and the Internet Security 2017 suite itself. Once the file was extracted, the anti-virus kicked in and all files removed. Unfortunately Kaspersky couldn’t scan through the zip file encryption.

Kaspersky Internet Security Multi-device 2017

On the machine I tested, a HP laptop with a Core i5, 4gb RAM and regular mechanical hard disk a scan took 25 minutes. This wasn’t a major issue as it did what it needed to, and a weekly scheduled full scan is enough to keep things clean.

I also tested the mobile versions of the internet security on an Android device (Sony Xperia Z3). It had little impact on performance and since smartphones are targets for malware, is a necessity. Scan times were also faster due to a thinner client.

Kaspersky Internet Security Multi-device 2017

Conclusion:
With regard to the basic testing done, Kaspersky’s Internet Security is comprehensive but needs tuning to work well. Games clearly meant for adults being able to run even with restrictions enabled require some proactive measures. You’ll need to enable web filtering as well, as it is disabled by default. If you’re concerned about your child’s safety on the internet consider Kaspersky’s offering. Be prepared to tune your settings until you’re happy with the security software’s functionality, though. Remember though, there’s no security quite like awareness of your own actions. Prevention is protection, even if protection is a must.

Kaspersky Internet Security Multi-device 2017 was reviewed by Zubayr Bhyat on PC

Edited By: Darryl Linington
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