Stories by Sarah Jacobsson Purewal

Bitdefender Internet Security 2015: Solid, low-maintenance PC protection

Historically, Bitdefender has ranked as one of the best performing antivirus programs, and its Internet Security 2015 security suite ($60 for one year of protection on one PC) keeps it near the top of the heap. If you don't need the extra features--secure cloud storage or anti-theft protection for mobile devices--that are increasingly being offered as part of "total security" packages, then this suite will ably secure your PC with little to no input from you.

Sarah Jacobsson Purewal | 20 Aug | Read more

Norton Internet Security 2014: Polished security suite with excellent protection

Norton Internet Security 2014 ($80 for one year of protection on up to three PCs) looks great--and it offers excellent protection against all threats. Internet Security 2014 also provides mobile security, comprehensive parental controls, and system insights, so advanced users can track their PCs' performance. But Symantec's suite isn't perfect: Its menus, settings, and features are geared a little more toward advanced users than toward security newbies.

Sarah Jacobsson Purewal | 30 Jan | Read more

AVG Internet Security 2014: a decent, lightweight antivirus suite

AVG Internet Security 2014 ($55 for one year of protection on one computer) is a decent security suite that gives adequate protection and adds little weight to your system. In our real-world testing scenario, the suite protected against 98 percent of all unknown (zero-day) attacks. It did an even better job of protecting against known malware, repelling 99 percent of those attacks. Still, half of the ten security suites in our roundup blocked 100 percent of zero-day threats, and all but three blocked 100 percent of known malware attacks.

Sarah Jacobsson Purewal | 30 Jan | Read more

Kaspersky Internet Security 2013: Good protection, advanced settings (minus the jargon)

Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 ($60 for one year and three PCs, as of 12/19/12) is a solid antimalware suite that provides admirable protection and an excellent settings interface. This program looks a little different from the other suites we tested, mainly because of its teal-and-white colors, in contrast to the green-is-good/red-is-bad user interface that most other security packages use. But once you get past the fact that teal is sort of the same as green (trust us, this takes a moment), it's a good program that will keep you safe from most incoming attacks.

Sarah Jacobsson Purewal | 28 Jan | Read more

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