If you are looking for more protection for your PC on the internet than just an antivirus program, then internet security software is for you. These security software suites cost more than antivirus software and use more resources, thus slowing your computer down more, but they provide additional features besides just malware protection such as a firewall, antiphishing, and antispam capabilities.
When purchasing internet security software there are a few things you should keep in mind. First make sure it is compatible with your current operating system. Most versions come with 1 year of coverage and then you must pay a renewal fee to keep it up to date, but some allow you to buy a lifetime license which costs more initially, but can save you money in the long run. You also can either download the software directly (some even have a 30 day trial period) or purchase the box with discs and install it.
The main criteria we used to rate each software suite besides the price was protection – how well they protect your machine, performance – how much they slowed system performance and used system resources, and usability – how easy they are to use. To aid us, we used data gathered from www.av-test.org and www.av-comparatives.org along with other user reviews.
Below is our list of the top 10 rated best internet security software with reviews of each.
Kaspersky Internet Security helps protect you from viruses, cryptolockers, spyware. It also has a secure browser to encrypt online transactions and provides VPN service of up to 200 MB/day.
Bitdefender Internet Security 2020 won the Outstanding Product award from AV-Comparatives, as well as Best Protection, Best Performance and Best Repair from AV-TEST. It protects your Windows PC against all types of online threats, while also including a secure VPN with up to 200 MB/day for complete privacy.
Buyers should be aware that Bitdefender Internet Security is only available for Windows computers.
In addition to real-time threat detection, Norton 360 Deluxe also offers a secure VPN, password manager, parental control, 50 GB cloud backup, and dark web monitoring powered by LifeLock.
The only slight negative of Norton 360 Deluxe is that it uses more system resources than any other internet security software on this list.
Avast Premium Security also includes an advanced firewall and data shredder.
Avira Internet Security has a lot of good features like antivirus and ransomware protection, a password manager that can create unique and strong passwords, and an included Browser Safety add-on that detects phishing sites and prevents ad networks from tracking you. However, it does not have a firewall or parental controls.
ESET Internet Security provides protection from viruses, ransom attacks, hackers, and provides a safe browser for safe shopping and banking.
On the downside McAfee Total Protection rated near the bottom in terms of overall protection, although it is very lightweight – in fact it was second to ESET in terms of using few system resources.
G Data Internet Security does offer a lot of features including a virus scanner, firewall, anti-ransomware, anti-spam, BankGuard, cloud backup, parental controls, and exploit protection.