PROS / One license protects up to six devices, including PCs, Macs and Androids.
CONS / ESET Multi-Device Security does not cover iOS devices.
VERDICT / ESET offers good performance for detecting malware on Windows machines and excellent malware detection on Macs and Androids.
ESET Multi-Device Security is a good way to secure multiple devices, with the exception of iOS devices. Its modules for Mac and Android are excellent malware detectors, and ESET also tested above average for Windows machines. With this computer protection software, all the important features are present, though some multiplatform competitors provide more features.
ESET is well known as one of the best PC protection software brands. The most important security features are antiphishing and antimalware, both of which ESET provides. The independent test lab AV-Test ranked this software as above average for detecting malware during testing on Windows 10 machines in April 2016. Tests of this software on Macs in June 2016 produced excellent results for malware detection, and this software did fine in not slowing down computer operations while it was functioning.
With this computer protection software, you get parental controls to monitor your children's online activity and antitheft controls to remotely lock your machine down in case you lose it. Other common but helpful features it has are a gamer mode that suppresses warnings when you use full-screen applications such as movies or games, and a rescue mode for the event of a computer crash. The Mac module supports antiphishing and parental controls, which are features not present in every all-in-one internet security product.
Some features absent from ESET that some competitors offer are a password manager that securely stores your passwords to give you added protection in the event your computer is hacked, file vaults to store especially important data and a Windows registry cleaner, a tool that eliminates Windows registry keys that sometimes do not get deleted when you get rid of an application. This software also does not include a file shredder that can erase even deleted files so they are gone for good, or online backup, a helpful additional storage feature for your data. Online backup is especially useful if your computer crashes because it has become infected by a virus; after the virus has been removed, this feature returns the stored information so you still have it, but minus the virus.
This application was among the front-runners in the July 2016 AV-Test project for Android devices, achieving 100 percent for protection and usability. Its mobile module advises you about applications that might leak too much private information. ESET also detects applications that you might not want, even if they pose no risk and you might just find them annoying.
The mobile component supports antitheft measures so you can remotely locate, lock or wipe your phone. You can also receive pictures it takes of the thief. Mobile features also include antiphishing and call blocking. Some competing products have additional features such as parental controls so you can keep an eye on your child's activity and password managers to keep passwords secure, but ESET lacks these capabilities for mobile devices. ESET does not support iOS devices either.
From the management dashboard, you can see your protected Windows and Android devices, but you cannot see any Macs where you have installed ESET. You can install it on any new Windows and Android devices by adding them from your dashboard. You can also initiate antitheft measures and renew your license.
The online help is first-rate, and you can reach customer support through online chat or email. You can also call between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. to get customer assistance.
ESET Multi-Device Security is among the best computer protection software, even though it is missing some competitive features such as online backup and a file shredder. It is not for iOS, but it produces good results for malware detection on Windows, Macs and Android devices. Its interface provides useful device management.