Pros / F-Secure TOTAL includes a VPN.
Cons / This program causes a noticeable lag during scans.
Verdict / F-Secure TOTAL does a good job protecting Macs, PCs, and Android and iOS devices against malware. However, some of its features, such as time controls and an application advisor, don’t work on Macs and iOS devices.
F-Secure TOTAL is the best computer protection software offered from this developer, and it can be used to protect three devices at once, including PCs, Macs, and Android and iOS cellphones and tablets. However, the level of protection and safety features differ between the platforms. F-Secure TOTAL includes F-Secure SAFE, the all-in-one internet security program, plus a powerful VPN that lets you work online and keep your device’s IP address invisible. This is a great protection against identity theft, plus it cuts down on adware, which generates ads based on your recent searches.
The Windows component of this all-in-one security software scored near perfect in detecting malware in many third-party lab tests. It also scored well in performance loss and usability, meaning it doesn’t slow down your computer much, or give false positives in malware detection. However, in our own performance tests, we did notice some lag while trying to navigate the web and attach files to outgoing email messages. There wasn’t any interruption to our online gameplay or significant buffering when we watched videos during full system scans.
F-Secure TOTAL protects against ransomware and phishing schemes, plus its vulnerability scans look for other weak spots in your system and help strengthen them against possible attacks. This includes letting you know when new versions of installed software are available, since out-of-date programs are the biggest soft spot hackers and ransomware look for to get into your computer.
The parental controls block websites by content type and URLs so your kids don’t access harmful content, and you control how much time they spend on the internet. It’s easy to access these controls from the user dashboard. Mac users also have access to parental control tools, though not the time control tools, though they must open the advanced settings to find them. Parental controls are available on Android devices but not on iOS mobile devices.
This security program is just as effective at protecting Macs against malware. It also detects and removes most Windows threats found on Mac machines so they aren’t accidentally passed on to PC users through email or file sharing. No matter which device F-Secure is running on, it protects you from ransomware and phishing schemes.
Both Mac and PC users have access to F-Secure’s password manager, which shields login credentials as you access online accounts. You manage all your devices from a single account and dashboard.
Both mobile components include antitheft tools so you can track your lost cell phone and wipe it clean to keep thieves from getting ahold of your sensitive information. On both iOS and Android devices you have access to F-Secure’s password protection and antiphishing tools. The Android devices get an application advisor, which tells you if any tracking apps are activated on your device. Plus, it blocks calls from unwanted numbers.
F-Secure doesn’t offer online backup as other programs, such as Trend Micro, do. However, the online support pages have tools to create a rescue CD to reboot your computer after an attack, and tools that collect information so F-Secure support staff can troubleshoot the problems you report. Custom support is available via online chat and email. For quick answers, you can call the company between 9 a.m. and midnight Eastern time. You can also participate in community forums to learn from other users.
- Windows Malware Detection
- Mac Malware Detection Rate
F-Secure TOTAL, with support for Windows, Mac, Android and iOS, is solid computer protection software. It performs well and protects up to five devices with a single license. You can’t use some of its protection tools on iOS and Mac devices, but it doesn’t slow down your computer much and includes a VPN that works on both computers and mobile devices.