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F-Secure Internet Security 2013 review

F-Secure Internet Security 2013

Verdict

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

Review Date: 14 Feb 2013

Reviewed By: Darien Graham-Smith

Price when reviewed: £28 (£33 inc VAT)

Overall Rating
5 stars out of 6

Features & Design
4 stars out of 6

Value for Money
5 stars out of 6

Performance
6 stars out of 6

Ease of Use
4 stars out of 6

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.

Author: Darien Graham-Smith

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