F-Secure Internet Security 2013 review

14 Feb 2013

An effective security suite, and simple to use - once you've mastered the interface

F-Secure Internet Security 2013
Price when reviewed: 
33inc VAT
5

F-Secure’s features are split across two interfaces: Computer Security and Online Safety. This division doesn’t help you find your way around, and while the interfaces are attractively designed, they aren’t perfectly intuitive: headings such as Tools and Tasks are too vague for our liking.

Such complaints are somewhat mitigated by the package’s excellent malware detection abilities. AV-Test found F-Secure stopped 100% of zero-day attacks, and managed to completely clean up malware-inflicted damage on 85% of infected systems.

F-Secure Internet Security 2013

When we tried to download a dodgy file, F-Secure blocked the network connection so quickly the malware never touched our hard disk. As a cherry on top, the software also completed a quick system scan in only three seconds.

The software’s impact on system resources is average, with 15 seconds added to boot time and a disappointingly high memory footprint of 179MB. Overall, though, F-Secure Internet Security 2013 is a clean and effective suite.

Details

Price ex VAT £28
Price inc VAT £33
Overall rating 5
Ease of Use rating 4
Features & Design 4
Value for Money 5
Software subcategory Internet security

Operating system support

Operating system Windows Vista supported? yes
Operating system Windows XP supported? yes
Operating system Linux supported? no
Operating system Mac OS X supported? no
Other operating system support Windows 8