PROS / It is second to none at detecting security threats.
CONS / It lacks a few features such as online backup, password manager and file shredder.
VERDICT / F-Secure Internet Security is a high-performance internet security suite that produced perfect protection scores in tests by independent software labs.
F-Secure Internet Security is among our top 10 internet security suites because of its superlative performance in recent testing by independent software lab, AV-Test. Although some competitors might have a few more features, one could argue that features are secondary to performance as evaluation criteria.
AV-Test included F-Secure Internet Security as one of 25 home user security products that they continuously evaluated during March and April of 2014. All of the internet security software products were the most current versions available to the public. The lab allowed them to perform updates without restrictions and to query their in-the-cloud services at will. F-Secure delivered astounding results in the protection portions of the tests. One of the protection tests measured effectiveness against 138 samples of malware, web threats and email threats that were new. F-Secure detected every single one. In comparison, the industry average was 94 percent. In tests to see how it did with 20,646 samples of widespread and prevalent malware (discovered within four weeks of the testing), F-Secure proved itself one of the best internet security software products by detecting every sample compared with the industry average of 98-percent detection. In the performance and usability portions of the testing, F-Secure matched industry averages.
Even though its malware prevention performance places it among the best security software, there are a few products ahead of F-Secure in our internet security ranking because of feature-set considerations. F-Secure Internet Security is in-between the entry-level F-Secure Anti-Virus and the premium internet security suite, F-Secure Safe. So, in addition to the basic antimalware of F-Secure Anti-Virus, F-Secure Internet Security provides antiphishing, parental controls and secure online transactions. In comparison with its peers, F-Secure Internet Security has most of the expected features. For example it defends against malware that attempts to launch from removable storage media. It also provides instant messaging protection, and a bootable rescue CD. Some of its competitors provide a few more features such as online backup, a file shredder and automatic downloads of critical operating system patches.
If the feature set coincides with what you would like to have in an internet security suite, F-Secure is an unusually good product because it is so effective at detecting and stopping malware. It works against known malware. And it works against brand new threats by observing the behaviors of suspected files to see if they resemble the behaviors of malicious files. Competing products might have a few more features than F-Secure Internet Security, but no competitor is better at protecting against malware.