A lot of families buy computers and devices as kids head back to school, making it the time of year for those comprehensive “101% Protection” anti-virus and Internet security suites to come up for renewal. Your natural inclination should, of course, be to keep your system protected, but before you click ‘yes’ to renew that current license ask yourself these four essential questions to gauge the true effectiveness of the license.
- How much does it truly protect? Threats are becoming increasingly complex, and you need a suite that is proven to protect against the latest security threats.
And since these threats come through all forms of Internet activity, like via email scams, Internet tracking cookies, social media scams and attackers who prey on public Wi-Fi networks, this suite has to have robust capabilities to identify and assess the safety of the sites you’re browsing.
- Does it protect all my devices? Chances are someone in your household has gotten a new tablet or laptop in the last few months. Are these protected under the terms of that license you’re about to renew?
- Does it slow my system down? The best protection systems on the market won’t do you a lot of good if they suck up your device’s resources to operate. If your system has been bogged down during system scans or other times that the protection suite has been operational, it may be time to find a solution that is just as powerful but operates with a much lighter touch.
- What special functions does it have? The threats to your personal data come in a multitudes of ways, and you need a license that offers just as many protections. Those should include measures to keep your kids safe both from the threats that exist to them online, as well as monitoring and limiting their online activities. It should also include features that protect your data during online financial transactions, blocks hacker attacks and has strong spam and ad banner blockers.
It may not shock you to learn that since you’re on the Kaspersky Lab blog, after all, Kaspersky Lab offers robust solutions that check off all of the above boxes. Backed by extensive research, internal testing and independent analysis and verification, Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2014 protects against the latest threats and viruses, preventing malware programs from exploiting vulnerabilities in your PC. Kaspersky Internet Security 2014 has robust safeguards to protect your identify online, identifying suspicious websites and phishing sites, guarding your financial transactions and monitoring and curbing your children’s online activity — all while maximizing your system performance, ensuring you have the highest level of both protection and performance.