Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Kaspersky Internet Secutity 2014 review

A premium internet security suite with some welcome updates

Kaspersky Internet Security 14 or 2014 is a combined suite of security software, including anti virus, firewall, phishing protection, anti spam, parental control and more.

The software can be purchased online and is even available at stores. We downloaded the package from the Developer's corporate website. The 244MB installer file takes around half an hour or less through a stable internet connection.

The installation process was simple. To avoid conflict, the installer first checks if there is any other security suite pre-installed. After that, the installation was a matter of a few clicks. The interface is almost similar to the stand alone Anti Virus version. The teal white combination interface states the current physical state of the computer in a large black font. Below that, an array of buttons represents different features of the suite. The entire suite operates through a single window, so consumes less space.

Our test comprised several activities including, some real world notorious threats to the computer!

The first of them was anti malware test where we popped in a DVD full of latest malwares into the system.
We also installed a few of them in our system even before installing the suite. We found the suite very effective as 87 percent were detected at one go.

The next test was phishing where we tried to visit some highly fraudulent sites including some new ones and yet again the suite stood tall.

In our anti spamming test, we found that KIS analyzes both IMAP and POP3 incoming messages and marks spam by scanning their subject line. On the first run, it detected several promotion-based incoming mails as spams — appreciable!

We tried breaching the firewall, and after every attempt we got an access denied message from the suite! We also tried to use penetration tools and most of the time were blocked.

The parental control are much simpler than earlier. By listing all users, it allows you to block particular sites and monitor your child's activities . The suite also offers utilities like Privacy Cleaner, Windows Troubleshooting, Vulnerability Scan, to name a few.

In a nutshell, Kaspersky Internet Security 14 is a simple to use Internet Security Suite with decent protection and most importantly, consumes less system memory. Available at an MRP of Rs 899 and Rs 1,799 for one and three users respectively, it is expected to be available for much less, online.

VERDICT: Light on system resource, good detection

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