Kaspersky Security for Mac
• Solid malware protection
• Award-winning “Safe Money” feature
• Simple interface
• Excellent parental control features
• Price is a little high
• You can’t schedule a scan
You can’t go wrong with the Kaspersky brand – this is robust, excellent quality protection for your Mac. Parental control features and a safe-shopping and safe-banking add-on make this a well-rounded and extremely useful product.
Kaspersky is certainly a respected brand. The privately owned Russian anti-virus company has been a major name on the scene for years and now operates in 200 countries. The company’s Mac virus protection was born to meet the growing needs of Mac owners – we checked it out to see what you can expect from this anti-virus giant.
You can count on protection against both Mac and Windows malware with this anti-virus solution. The Kaspersky URL Advisor alerts you when it comes across a dangerous search engine link and the protective scans also include an anti-phishing element to identify websites that could cause you problems. All files you download from the internet are automatically scanned. This protection is all you need to remain effective and safe when you’re online.
Kaspersky is a well-tested product, presumably because of the company’s reputation in anti-virus software. According to the July 2015 AV Comparatives test: “Protection against both Mac and Windows malware … was perfect”. And in the April 2015 AV Test, 100 percent of malware was detected with the on-demand scan. False positives weren’t a problem. The demand on the system when running the anti-virus also wasn’t a problem – when scanning, Kaspersky identifies files that have altered since the last scan in order to cut down on the impact. Some Mac owners have had a problem with scans failing to complete but we didn’t notice this.
Scans & updates
As with most anti-virus packages, you can run a quick, full or a custom scan with Kaspersky. You click on one of the options in the control panel to make the scan happen. There is no way to set a scheduled scan. We like how you can quickly drag any files you want to scan into the central area in order to set up the custom scan. We also like how you can specify safe files and locations in order to speed up the scanning process. Real-time scanning prevents viruses appearing out of email attachments or opened files, as with other anti-virus packages. Scanning is fast and powerful via cloud-based technology as well as local signature-based searches.
We particularly like the extra features in the Kaspersky Internet Security for Mac package, which we believe add genuine value to the regular virus scanning bundle. The Safe Money feature makes it safer to use online banks or shop online by providing a virtual keyboard to input the passwords and account numbers that all too often fall into the wrong hands. Plus, parental control features help protect your family while they’re online by blocking unwanted social media contacts, preventing children sharing credit card numbers or phone numbers, and blocking downloads of games and apps. You can set time limits, and block access to specific sites or put certain sites on a whitelist.
Ease of use
The interface is plain and simple with all the options you need displayed clearly in grey boxes, with a screen icon showing your Mac is protected. To pick a scan or to access support options you simply need to click on an option at the bottom of the control panel. It’s logical and straightforward, as you would expect from the Kaspersky brand.
Help & support
Along with the full manual for the product located online, you’ll find a Knowledge Base with a range of different troubleshooting and task solutions. The online forum is active and there's a set of articles to read. In order to submit a request to customer support you need to log into your Kaspersky account where you'll find all the information relating to your purchases and your protection. With live chat and a 7-days-a-week telephone line (available in the US, the UK and many other countries) the support from Kaspersky is comprehensive.
Protect your family online, enjoy safer banking and shopping, and give your Mac a layer of solid anti-virus protection, all in one package. Kaspersky Internet Security for Mac is priced a little high but the extras make it value for money.
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