Among the several Internet Security Suites available for the Windows operating system, is Kaspersky Internet Security (KIS). The latest version Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 is pretty impressive in terms of its effectiveness and easy-of-operation.
In terms of features, Kaspersky Internet Security offers more protection than Kaspersky Anti-Virus – but less than what is offered by Kaspersky ONE or Kaspersky PURE does. But what is being offered by the Internet Security Suite, is more than enough to keep you fully protected on the Internet. Kaspersky Internet Security offers anti-virus, anti-spam, anti-phishing protection, firewall protection and more. Let us take a look at the features of this popular security suite.
Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 Review
The setup file is of size 160 MB. The installation is a breeze and went smoothly on my Windows 8 x64. After installation, it’s a good idea to update the software and then restart the computer right away the first time.
The user interface is simple, well organized and clean – not too many navigation options to confuse you. The main window keeps you abreast of the latest status of your Kaspersky and your Windows, by displaying threats, if any.
The first link you see on the navigation band at the bottom is of Scan. The security software offers you several options to scan your system. The Full Scan will scan you complete computer, and it is recommended that you Full Scan your computer right after you have installed KIS. Then there is the Critical Area Scan which scans for malware only in system-critical areas like the Windows folder, start-up objects and so on. As such it therefore completes quickly. You can also drag-and-drop select suspicious files here to check them for malware.
KIS also offers to scan the software installed on your PC for vulnerabilities. Clicking on Vulnerabilities Scan will scan all the system and third-party applications for vulnerabilities and at the end, advice you if you need to update some applications or change some settings in them. This is great for hardening your computer’s security.
For instance apart from recommending some setting I needed to fix on the operating system, it also pointed out that I needed to fix some vulnerabilities in my Shockwave Flash player, by throwing up a warning. I update my Adobe Flash player and that resolved the issue.
The next option will help you set how you want to keep your Kaspersky Internet Security up-to-date. These Update Settings are best left at their default values. The updates are offered frequently during the day. But I do feel that downloading and installing the signature updates are slow and take more time than I would have expected – the issue probably lies with Kaspersky’s servers.
The Safe Money module automatically opens your browser windows in a secure environment, after identifying that the URL being visited is of a sensitive nature. So when you visit sites like PayPal or some banking website to carry out financial transactions, you will see the Safe Money come in action. Safe Money has received glowing appreciation, and Matousec found that it blocked 100% of attacks in their tests. It worked quite smoothly when I tried it with PayPal.
While Windows now offers excellent Parental Control features, the Kaspersky Internet Security also offers a robust Parental Control module. It will let you control the computer usage of other users.
The Application Activity module will let you examine the activities of all the applications and processes currently running on your Windows. It further classifies them as Trusted, Restricted or Untrusted to help you identify malware processes, if any.
The Network Monitor helps you identify and monitor Open Ports, Network activity & traffic, and set the Firewall rules. Its intelligent firewall will however never bother you for intervention or with any notifications.
When you visit certain sites that require you to enter sensitive information, the Virtual Keyboard will automatically appear. It will let you use the mouse to enter your sensitive information, so that your personal information can’t be stolen by key-loggers or hackers. It worked quite well in my case.
Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 also includes a cool set of Tools like the Rescue Disk, a Windows Troubleshooter, Privacy Cleaner and Browser Configuration tool. These tools can come in handy if you have been infected by malware or if you are privacy conscious and want to delete privacy related data frequently from your computer.
Among the tools, you will find scanning your browser configuration to be a very fruitful exercise. Kaspersky will show you places where you can harden your browsers security settings to make it even more secure.
If you open the Settings you will be able to configure the settings to suit your personal preferences and requirements.
To keep you safe while browsing, Kaspersky Internet Security adds several browser extensions and add-ons. They include plugins for Content Blocker, Virtual Keyboard, Safe Money and URL Advisor.
I did however find that the start-up time and the browsing time for Internet Explorer had slowed down a bit after installing KIS.
I find Kaspersky Internet Security to be reasonably low on resources utilization. On my system, when minimized and running in the background, I saw in my Task Manager that it consumed a total of between 15 MB and 60 MB.
Another thing I notice is that, after a computer restart, the Kaspersky icon in my system tray is the last one to appear. This may make a user insecure, and make him wonder if his protection was enabled or not. I did check up in the Task Manager to see if the processes were up and running and was relived to find that were! It would have been better if its icon was the first to appear in the notification area.
When Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 is installed on a laptop that is running on battery power, Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 automatically reduces its usage of resources. It also includes a Gamer Mode that ensures an uninterrupted gaming experience – while still keeping you secure.
In my opinion, Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 is a competent security software and comes highly recommended. The reasons are simple. It is feature-rich, easy-to-operate, does not slow down your computer, is highly effective in stopping / detecting / removing malware – and as a bonus comes with tools that allow you to further harden your security.