One of the largest privately-owned internet security companies around, Kaspersky have been blazing the internet security trail since 1997. Their packages offer superior antivirus protection that works quietly in the background without ever getting in your way.
- Kaspersky’s standout feature is, without a doubt, its webcam-blocking capability. This is available on all packages, including the entry-level Internet Security package, and it works by blocking untrusted apps from accessing your webcam.
- With reports of hackers taking unauthorised snaps (Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg famously tapes over his laptop’s webcam for this reason), this feature adds an invaluable extra layer of protection to your device.
- Kaspersky’s mid-tier Total Security and premium Security Cloud packages up the ante even further, adding parental controls, multi-device password syncing and a VPN.
- Admittedly, the limited bandwidth (200 megabytes per day on Total Security and 300 megabytes per day on Security Cloud), mean Kaspersky’s VPN is unlikely to be of much use beyond checking your email and doing some light browsing. That said, it’s still a nice touch.
- The Security Cloud package is also designed to adapt to your habits over time, warning you about threats that are directly relevant to your online behaviour and adjusting to give you the best protection possible based on your activity.
- Quiet, unobtrusive and smooth performance
- Clean, intuitive interface
- Drag and drop functionality makes scanning individual files a breeze
- Webcam blocking capabilities prevent hackers from taking photos or videos without your permission
- You have to pay a licence fee for every additional device, even on the most expensive package
- Support is only available on weekdays during business hours