F-Secure Internet Security 2013 review
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)
Features & Design
Value for Money
Ease of Use
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.
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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