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Tech Report – Kaspersky Internet Security 2011

Top-selling security software company Kaspersky Lab recently launched updated versions of its two flagship consumer products: Kaspersky Internet Security 2011 and Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2011. Parents will be most interested in the Internet Security suite, which combines Kaspersky’s robust anti-virus software with additional filtering and security features and strong parental controls

One of the first things you notice after installation of Internet Security 2011 is the color-coded desktop Gadget icon (only available in Windows 7 and Windows Vista), which offers quick access to all the main features. This very cool button also gives you a current “threat-assessment” based on the most recent scan of the computer’s databases: green means everything is OK; yellow or red and there are problems!

Other new features include Safe Surf and Safe Run, which provide added protection when surfing the Web or running suspicious applications. Yet another feature, System Watcher, monitors general use and blocks suspicious or unusual program behavior.

One of things I like the most about Internet Security 2011 is that there are no unnecessary pop-ups just to remind you that the software is there. Of course, it will let you know if a web site or a file is unsafe, but most of the time it’s content to stay in the background if everything is running smoothly.

Another innovative feature is the potential use of the installation disk as a “rescue disk” for scanning or treating an infected computer. In fact, Kaspersky encourages the installation of Internet Security 2011 or its companion Anti-Virus 2011 on computers known to be infected, claiming that the programs can clean-up and eliminate most existing threats.

As far as e-mail is concerned, Kaspersky’s anti-spam filters work well with Outlook and most other Windows-compatible e-mail programs. There are numerous options for changing the spam filter levels and handling e-mail in exactly the way you want. E-mail load times are unaffected by the security software, and there was no discernible slowdown with any other Windows or web-based programs.

From a parent’s perspective, perhaps the best thing about Internet Security 2011 is its parental control features. Here, Kaspersky is on a par with some of the biggest names in parental control software in terms of the thoroughness and versatility of the options.

As well as extensive blocking and filtering options, Internet Security 2011 allows you to monitor social networks and IM accounts, block the transmission of sensitive information such as phone numbers and e-mail addresses, and set up keyword flagging. There are time-out and time-management options, and the parental controls can be activated and customized based on the user log-in ID. 

Kaspersky Internet Security 2011 costs $79.95 for a year for up to three users. There is also the option of a free 30-day trial.

Internet Security 2011 can be downloaded now from Kaspersky or pre-ordered at Amazon.com to ship September 1. It is compatible with the Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP (Service Pack 2 or higher) operating systems.



Comments:
Comment by Jean , posted 9/1/2010, 7:04 AM:

Based in part on prior experiences with Kaspersky & your glowing reviews I've been using Internet Security 2010 & have been totally thrilled. This software works & does so without hogging computer memory. I will be upgrading every computer in the to the 2011 version shortly!
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