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Best paid-for security suites for 2013

Posted on 18 Feb 2013 at 11:55

Looking for the best in online protection? We round up the cream of the 2013 security suites

When it comes to online security, paid-for suites lead the way: in our most recent Labs, the top five performers in terms of malware protection were all commercial packages. Paid-for software typically offers more features than their free counterparts too. Advanced firewalls, password managers, personal data protection and other conveniences can all keep you safe in ways that free software misses.

We’ve rounded up the best free antivirus packages to help you choose the right package for your needs. Alternatively, if you’re looking for a free, simple antivirus package check out our run-down of the best free antivirus for 2013.

Bitdefender Internet Security 2013

Bitdefender Internet Security 2013

Bitdefender’s suite is tremendously effective against malware, and comes with an extensive set of additional features to protect your privacy and online safety. System resource usage is low, a handy “autopilot” mode gives you fully automatic protection, and if you shop around you can get it at a bargain price. For all these reasons, Bitdefender is our A-List recommended security suite.

Read our full Bitdefender Internet Security 2013 review

Trend Micro Titanium Internet Security 2013

Trend Micro Titanium Internet Security 2013

Trend Micro’s security suite was an award-winner in 2012, and though it’s been pipped by Bitdefender this year it remains a very attractive package. A clean, accessible interface combines with excellent malware protection to make this a suite well worthy of consideration.

Read our full Trend Micro Titanium Internet Security 2013 review

F-Secure Internet Security 2013

F-Secure Internet Security 2013

Its quirky interface takes a little getting used to, but F-Secure’s internet security suite has proved highly effective at keeping unwanted software off your PC, and at shutting out online intrusions. It’s not the most lightweight security suite we’ve seen, but there’s no denying it does the job.

Read our full F-Secure Internet Security 2013 review

Kaspersky Internet Security 2013

Kaspersky Internet Security 2013

If you’re looking for a well-featured, configurable security suite, Kaspersky is the one to go for – it has a feature-list as long as your arm, and extensive configuration and monitoring tools enabling advanced users to take hands-on control of their security.

Read our full Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 review

Norton Internet Security 2013

Norton Internet Security 2013

Norton’s 2013 suite introduces a new interface that echoes the tiled Windows 8 design – though it’s equally at home on older editions of the OS. With bags of features, strong malware protection and a light impact on system resources, it’s easy to see why Norton remains one of the best-known names in the business.

Read our full Norton Internet Security 2013 review

Author: Darien Graham-Smith

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User comments

What about the downsides?

For example, why not even a word on many users' experiences with bitdefender where this "security" software has rendered their systems unusable?

By rascar_capac on 18 Feb 2013

I use....

I use Bitdefender it’s really lightweight, hardly know its running. Here is a $50 coupon at my website:

https://sites.google.com/a/rickjoudrey.com/www/

By rjoudrey on 18 Mar 2013

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