Trend Micro is one of the few internet security programs that earned a perfect score for correctly stopping every malware threat we used in our testing, plus it earned perfect scores in other third-party labs so its overall malware protection score is 100 percent.
F-Secure Internet Security and F-Secure SAFE both did a great job at detecting and blocking malware as we attempted to access or download threats through several internet browsers.
ESET Internet Security and ESET Smart Security Premium are both good products that scored very high in our own tests and in other independent labs’ malware protection tests.
Comodo took an exceptionally long time to download and install – nearly 20 minutes. But once set up, it found 95 percent of the malware samples we used during our in-house tests.
Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac found 99 percent of the malware we used when testing internet security software for Mac, and it automatically removed most of them. As each threat tried to download, Bitdefender displayed a message letting us know that it stopped the attack.
Installing Kaspersky Internet Security for Mac is one good way to protect your computer from viruses, Trojans, hackers, rootkits, ransomware and many other threats.
Editor’s Note: Since our last update, new features and tools have been added to Sophos’ antivirus and internet security programs.
In our tests of Intego Virus Barrier, the antivirus program in this Mac internet security bundle, it detected 97 percent of the malware samples we attempted to infect our Mac computer with. It easily identified Trojans, spyware and worms and ensures they don’t embed themselves on your system.
We wanted to check out AVG AntiVirus for Mac because it is one of two Mac security programs we tested that is offered for free. And we were impressed!
Webroot SecureAnywhere Internet Security Plus is a great security program and a good value since it comes with three user licenses for a decent price.
Norton Security Standard is compatible with both Mac and Windows computers and laptops, and it works on iOS and Android cellphones and tablets.
Avast Security for Mac Premium is a step up from its Essential version, though both offer excellent internet security for your Mac desktops and laptops. The Premium solution, however, comes with a few extra tools like a VPN, system scanner and password manager.
ESET Cyber Security Pro didn’t do as well in our in-house detection tests as it did in other independent laboratories.
Trend Micro Antivirus for Mac earned top scores for detecting and protecting against Mac malware and received and high score for detecting Windows threats on Mac computers.
Panda Security struggled a bit during our malware detection tests of the best antivirus software. It detected 97 percent of the 300-plus malware samples we used, but moving the malware to quarantine took several steps.
Avira Free Security Suite is our choice for the best free antivirus solution. It did better detecting and blocking malware than other free antivirus programs we tested, catching 98 percent of all threats.
AVG Antivirus scored well in our lab tests for malware protection, though it still struggled to stop several viruses, Trojans and rootkits before they started downloading to our computers.
Kaspersky has had its fair share of trouble, butting heads with the U.S. government that has accused Kaspersky of using its software to spy on federal agencies and workers on behalf of the Russian government.
Review Renee File Protector is a standard encryption program, with a focus on giving you control over your passwords.
File Encryption XP is barebones encryption software that is fast, but it complicates the encryption process a bit with some extra steps compared to other programs.
CryptoForge version 5.2.1 has the strongest and most secure encryption algorithm out there, 256-bit key AES, making it a secure file encryption solution. This software is simple to use, though it does lack in security tools.
Espionage 3 is good file encryption software and one of only two solutions we reviewed that is compatible with Mac computers and laptops – the other being Concealer.
Kruptos 2 Professional data encryption software lets you choose to secure all your files with a single, master password, or create individual keys for each file. We encrypted 63 files that totaled 128MB in under 30 seconds.