Pros / Kaspersky’s parental controls work on all devices and platforms.
Cons / The U.S. government has accused Kaspersky of using its program to spy on federal agencies and workers.
Verdict / Kaspersky Internet Security and Total Security offer protection against malware threats without draining your devices of valuable resources.
Kaspersky Internet Security is one of the best internet security suites available, while Kaspersky Total Security is a top premium security software package. Both programs are built around Kaspersky’s Anti-Virus program but give you more security tools to ensure you and your family are extra safe while online. The biggest drawback is that Kaspersky has been in the news a fair bit as the U.S. government has warned people about the Russian government possibly partnering with Kaspersky to spy on various departments and agencies. You can learn more about these accusations and our thoughts from our partner Tom’s Guide.
During our in-house tests, Kaspersky blocked 98 percent of the 352 live malware samples we used. To stop malicious downloads and other threats infecting your computer from the internet, you must enable Kaspersky’s browser extensions. This isn’t difficult especially since both Kaspersky and popular web browsers, like Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, walk you through the process. And even though Microsoft Edge doesn’t allow third-party extensions, Kaspersky still does a good job of keeping threats at bay while using this browser.
If you try to visit a site that is known to have a phishing scheme or malware downloads, this program displays a warning message letting you know it’s dangerous to continue. And if there is a virus download, Kaspersky captures the threat and either securely quarantines or completely scrubs it from your computer. There were a few downloads that snuck by this software and were found later using the virus scanner. Most of the missed threats were websites that Kaspersky didn’t fully block us from accessing.
Something we were impressed with is several websites we tried to access couldn’t be reached because the server was down, the account was suspended or there was a 404 error. Some of these still had an automatic download attached to them that began to open, but Kaspersky still stopped them. Several antivirus programs didn’t catch these hidden threats, so watching Kaspersky working so well really boosted our confidence in its programs.
Both Kaspersky Internet Security and Total Security help keep your information secure and minimizing the risk of identity theft by giving you a personal firewall that works in tandem with the security in your Windows or Mac operating system. And this firewall works on your cell phones and tablets, too, regardless of the operating platform.
This software also has fantastic parental controls that are so easy to enable. You can click preset internet filter categories, like pornography or violence, and it will block any website that falls under those categories. You can also set time limits for when your children can have access to the internet. Kaspersky has a keyword list where you can input words or phrases that you want your child to be prohibited from both seeing and typing. This is a good way to keep track of cyberbullies and predators who may use dangerous words like “home alone” or “don’t tell.” And since the security program is compatible with so many operating systems, you can use these features on your kids’ cell phones and tablets.
Total Security comes with a password manager that keeps all your login information for multiple online accounts in one place and helps shield them from internet snoops while you’re logging in. It also gives you some online storage space to backup important files and documents. However we couldn’t track down exactly how much space you’re given. Other premium software suites give between 1GB and 20GB.
We do like the clean dashboard of both Kaspersky Internet Security and Total Security. All of Kaspersky’s software is easy to download, install and navigate. All the tools and functions you need are clearly placed on the dashboard’s landing page so you don’t have to go on a treasure hunt looking for the one you need.
Kaspersky software protects your computers and mobile devices in real time against malware. It provides safety from identity theft, phishing and online predators with its effective security tools. Independent software evaluations and our own testing has shown Kaspersky Internet Security and Total Security suites are good means of protecting your home devices without causing slowdown.