Kaspersky Internet Security review

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Better ways to keep stuff safe

By Paisal Chuenprasaeng
The Nation

Kaspersky’s security suites upgraded for 2018 should keep away the worst online bugs

Several improvements and new features help ensure that Kaspersky Internet Security (KIS) 2018 will provide peace of mind when you have valuable data stored on multiple Internet-connected devices.

Having determined that the average Thai home has 6.3 devices connected to the Net – and that Thailand ranks 33rd among countries in terms of risky surfing, Kaspersky Lab Thailand is offering multiple-device packages to address specific concerns.

Between last July and September, Kaspersky Lab products detected nearly three million Web-borne malware incidents on Thai computers linked to its security network. It says 17.6 per cent of users were attacked via the Internet during that period.

 So the Thai Kaspersky Service Centre (iCom Tech Co Ltd) has come up with the following one-year offerings:

Kaspersky Total Security 2018 for one device, Bt990; Total Security 2018, three devices, Bt1,890; Internet Security 2018, one device, Bt890; Internet Security 2018, three devices, Bt1,780; Anti-Virus 2018, one device, Bt690, and Anti-Virus 2018, three devices, Bt1,380.

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Anti-Virus is recommended for computers not connected to the Internet.

Total Security has three features lacking in Kaspersky Internet Security.

Safe Kid Extra Security shields young computer users. Secure Password Manager stores passwords for easy access. File Backup and Encryption is ideal for making backup copies of files.

But KIS also has four new features – Wi-Fi Security Notifications and Secure Connection for a MacIntosh, protection against infections during forced reboots for a PC, and App Lock for Android devices.

Improved in the 2018 suite are URL Advisor, System Watcher, Trusted Application Mode, support for Safe Money scenarios in Microsoft Edge and the latest macOS 10.12 and Windows 10 Creators Update, and an all-in-one browser extension for Macs that works with Safari, Chrome and Firefox.

If you use a Macbook and work outside the home, you’ll appreciate the Wi-Fi Security Notifications. When this new feature detects an unsecured Wi-Fi connection, it will advise you on how to easily improve the situation.

Secure Connection is also useful. It protects you while using public (unsafe) networks, providing a secure and encrypted communication channel. It secures the computer’s Internet connection to guarantee that all data sent and received are protected.

Secure Connection is installed as a separate app from the Mac App Store on the user’s device and is accessible inside the security solution application via the “Privacy” tile from the main screen.

The protection against infection during forced restarts is useful for Windows because some malware use this phase for injection into the system processes. This feature is the default setting for the Windows application of KIS 2018.

App Lock for Android helps guard your private communication and financials with a secret code to access apps you’ve selected. You can secure Gallery or other apps containing your pictures and videos and lock access to your Facebook, WhatsApp, Gmail, Messages and other apps.

With App Lock, you won’t need to worry when somebody is playing with your device and curious about the data stored on it or when you share your device with your kids and want to avoid unnecessary clicks or messages.

Secure Connection for Windows now supports Total Force Upgrade mechanisms. It now delivers regular notifications on IP-address protection.

Secure Connection also suggests a list of website categories in order to increase the accuracy of automatic activation of Secure Connection.

System Watcher is useful for protecting against ransomware that might lock your devices or encrypt your files.

Trusted Applications Mode offers advanced proactive protection from even emerging online threats, ensuring only trusted software is allowed to run on your PC.

The improved version applies more thorough security checks for the files with electronic signatures. Security checks are done using an internal, widening database of certificates and the KSN database.

I tried KIS 2018 on a Mac. The installation was smooth and the package didn’t slow down the computer

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

– Internet connection: For product activation, updates and access to some features

ON WINDOWS DESKTOPS, LAPTOPS

– Processor: 1GHz or higher

– Memory: 1GB 32bit or 2GB 64bit

875MB free space on hard drive

– Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 or higher

– Microsoft .NET Framework 4 or higher

– Microsoft Windows 10 Home / Pro / Enterprise

– Microsoft Windows 8 & 8.1 / Pro / Enterprise / 8.1 update

– Microsoft Windows 7 Starter / Home Basic & Premium / Professional / Ultimate — SP0 or higher

ON WINDOWS TABLETS (with Intel processor) 

– Microsoft Windows 10 Home / Pro / Enterprise

– Microsoft Windows 8 & 8.1 / Pro (64bit)

– Minimum screen resolution: 1024×600

ON MAC DESKTOPS AND LAPTOPS

– 970MB free space on hard drive

– Memory: 2GB

– OS X 10.11 – macOS 10.13

ON ANDROID PHONES, TABLETS

– Android 4.1 – 8.0

– Minimum screen resolution: 320×480 pixels

IPHONE, IPAD

– iOS 9.0 or higher

WINDOWS PHONE

– Windows Phone 8

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