PROS / F-Secure has excellent malware detection rates on Windows.
CONS / This software has only a few protections for iOS devices.
VERDICT / F-Secure SAFE offers some fine protection features, though its feature set for some platforms is sparse.
With performance and features that make it a decent competitor in our computer security software review, F-Secure SAFE can protect up to five of your devices with one license. With one software purchase, you can enhance your security on your Windows, Macintosh, Android and iOS devices, though it has more protective features for some platforms than others.
The Windows component of this all-in-one internet security software performs well. In fact, AV-Test has published excellent results for F-Secure's malware detection, which it tested on Windows 10 in April 2016. F-Secure also recorded above-average scores for performance loss and usability, meaning it doesn't slow down your computer or give false positives in malware detection as much as average.
In addition to protection against malware, F-Secure protects your computer against phishing sites. Although this application does not include some of the features found in competitors, it does have a password manager, which keeps your passwords secure and organized for you, and parental controls to let you monitor and limit your children's online activity. Furthermore, it stops alerts during gaming sessions or full-screen video so you can avoid interruptions. Some of the computer security software products in our review include antitheft features to lock down your computer, online backup for your data, and file shredders to rid your computer completely of sensitive or malicious files, but F-Secure SAFE does not have these options.
Mac systems were not part of the AV-Test evaluations of F-Secure in June 2016. However, F-Secure does give you such helpful features as antiphishing, a password manager and parental controls for Mac.
The mobile component supports iOS and Android. The features for iOS are antiphishing and parental controls, which certainly are useful, but it would be great if there were more protections. The Android features also include antiphishing and parental controls but give you additional protections such as antitheft features, a password manager and an application advisor to alert you to privacy-stealing apps.
From the F-Secure account portal, you can see your devices and remove or reinstall them. You can also see how many licenses you have left so you know how many more devices you can install the software on and manage antitheft features remotely in case your computer gets lost.
F-Secure provides good customer support via online chat and email. For quick answers, you can call the company between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. in your local time zone. The online support pages contain tools to uninstall the software, instructions for creating a rescue CD to reboot your computer after an attack, and support tools that collect information so F-Secure support staff can troubleshoot any problems you report. You can also participate in community forums to learn from other users.
F-Secure SAFE, with support for Windows, Macintosh, Android and iOS, is solid computer protection software. It performs well and protects up to five devices with a single license. Some competitors perform slightly better and have more features, but F-Secure SAFE competes well in its product category.