Internet Security Firewall: Review Antivirus Kaspersky 2020 – Kaspersky Total Security is an internet security and antivirus product for premium consumers that includes features of Internet Security and Anti-Virus. This software gets the top score across the board from five independent review laboratories in terms of an effective detection and erasure process. But can one tool really do everything? From blocking inappropriate internet access to detecting malware and ransomware threats in real time, Total Security Kaspersky makes the claim, but let’s find out if it’s in accordance with its promise.
Kaspersky’s anti-virus engine is the core of its product. This anti-virus engine has received some of the industry’s most impressive reviews from independent testing laboratories, including big names like AV-Comparatives. Special testing of AV-Comparatives smartphones has also verified the robustness of Android and iOS protection. In fact, Kaspersky products have received a Level 1 Certificate in the area of MRG Effitas Online Banking / Browser Security Test and have proven its financial ransomware and malware capabilities to be 100% effective.
At the core of Kaspersky’s antivirus and malware protection system is the Kaspersky Security Network (KSN), which houses more than 60 million users worldwide. For its users, KSN provides an early warning system against cyber threats that arise by sending suspicious code snippets that have been marked on the user’s machine to its global monitoring center where cyber security researchers work to monitor and analyze the cybersecurity threat landscape. KSN receives hints of potential threats from almost every part of the program, ranging from Access-to Web Scans and Anti-Virus Mail, and Intrusion Detection Systems.
Even better, information received by the company through the network is immediately conveyed to its product team to send updates to users. Kaspersky has even chosen to place online the high level of data they receive from the network, making it possible to see which countries experience the highest level of cyber security threat activity at any given time.
KSN promises to provide instant protection from emerging threats while the traffic burden remains low. Kaspersky has also made it easier to activate or deactivate this additional layer of protection. There aren’t many developers that allow users to disable an integral part of the system (I support the ability to adjust settings as much as possible).
Total Security gives users the ability to configure scanning options that are tailored to user needs. Of course there is a full scan that checks the whole system to detect threats, but I also really like ‘selective scanning’ which aims to collect any files, folders and programs that you like to investigate only those parts of the system. There is also an scanning of external devices to check connected media and virtual drives, as well as scheduling functions. In this case I would like to see more specific options than “every day, every weekday, every weekend, weekly, monthly”, but the ability to schedule a scan is a good way to ensure that your system is always safe.
Kaspersky Total Security includes a virtual keyboard. The virtual keyboard displays an artificial keyboard on the screen that does not produce real keypresses when text is entered. This is very important for those of us who manually enter passwords and credit card data online (I think almost everyone). Without a virtual keyboard, hackers have the opportunity to capture your credentials with a keylogger program that records and sends each of your keystrokes. Of course, the user must activate this feature manually so that most likely the user will forget. Kaspersky offers two levels of protection against this. First, the company keeps an online banking login database; if you try to access the website but have not added it to the list in Safe Money, you will be encouraged to use a virtual keyboard to enter. Second, you can manually enter a list of URLs that will be forced to open in a protected web browser.
Data Protection: File Shredder and Encryption
Kaspersky Total Security has a variety of additional tools in addition to the standard antivirus and internet security functions. There are actually so many additional tools that new users are strongly advised to click on the ‘Other Tools’ icon in the main dashboard window to see everything available there. Most notably in terms of data protection, there is a File Shredder and Data Encryption utility. Just pressing the delete button and emptying the Recycle Bin is not enough to ensure that personal data and old files are completely gone without a trace. Modern data recovery and forensic tools make recovery of such information relatively simple, even for those who do not have special training. Don’t take risks, (especially if you sell your device in the used goods market).
Including a special file eraser tool is a very good idea because it is the only reliable way to ensure that old data is completely gone from your computer. Users can choose individual files and directories and choose from six methods for deleting data. Because the process can take a long time (for example, the Bruce Schneider algorithm is supported, it involves overwriting data with numbers and zeros seven times), there is also a ‘fast delete’ method to speed up the process, even though the process is less secure.
In addition to these two utilities, Total Security includes a Privacy Cleaner that promises to ‘erase traces of your activity’. This method successfully identifies items that are easily deleted (Chrome cache and search history) but also digs a little deeper, by encouraging me to clear the Prefetch cache and Windows log files.
Parental Control and Network Monitoring
For those who have to care about the habits of their family members in surfing the Internet, Kaspersky Total Security is truly superior by providing an integrated parental control platform that is (in my opinion) superior to many of the independent tools I have tested.
Users can lock access by category and set whitelist and blacklist or URLs that are permitted and prohibited. But what made me even more amazed was how the parental control feature was integrated with My Kaspersky, an online management console where administrators could apply settings to all devices that filled the software. Admins can also apply different parental control settings for each Microsoft Windows account.
In addition to blocking by categories and lists, users can also set limits that are highly configurable when the system is accessible. I have found blocking access times in a number of other products, but I am very impressed with some of the other available settings, including the ability to apply rest periods and maximum usage time.
There are some other cool additions to parental control. One of them is the ability to block game application launches based on birthdays registered in a Windows Live account. In addition, admins can choose to be notified about the use of a set of keywords anywhere online (this can be useful to block users from sharing personal family details). Finally, the parental control panel provides a complete report on settings such as the amount of time spent online, the number of forbidden keywords detected, and the number of web resources that are blocked.
If the user feels the need to find out more, Kaspersky includes a default network activity monitoring tool that displays all traffic received and sent, origin IP addresses, and even ports and protocols. To be honest, this is an expert level tool, and I am more than impressed to see this tool hidden in the area of sophisticated program tools.
Backup and Restore Utility
Avoiding accidental loss of data is one of the most important features, regardless of what operating system you are running. I tested the Kaspersky Backup and Restore utility and, in my opinion, it was more than capable. When creating a backup, the user can choose among several predefined options (My Documents and Desktop) or highlight which files and folders one by one he wants to back up. When choosing a remote device as a backup, there are not a few company-level tools available such as AWS S3, but the menu options make it easy to configure a backup via FTP, to Dropbox, or to a network drive. Backing up to a separate partition on your local computer is another option, although the majority of users are strongly advised to choose remote backup. At the same time, restoring from a backup outside Kaspersky will use the same interface and it’s easy to retrieve old files.
I like how the recovery image is almost a mirror image from the backup selection screen. Users who have taken backups outside of Kaspersky can use the same easy interface to retrieve old files. Overall, the backup and recovery tool is a very reliable addition to the product’s main feature set.
Ease of Use
Installing Total Security is very easy. I chose the usual method: download the installer online, approve the file in User Access Control (UAC), and allow the program to download the definition. For those who need to install programs from the command prompt, for example administrators who install the program on other computers on the local network, Kaspersky also provides this option (and includes detailed documentation to ensure that everything runs smoothly).
Its user interface is organized and well designed. By configuring scheduled scans and automatic updates, it is possible to run programs automatically as long as no threats are detected. I highly recommend clicking on ‘Other Tools’ and navigating the menus that contain many more sophisticated (but very useful) features areas. Kaspersky has packed privacy and reporting features as its top platform.
So what if something goes wrong? Kaspersky has collected some very comprehensive documentation on its online knowledge base. In my opinion, the list of topics is quite extensive, ranging from rare issues (such as how to enable WiFi vulnerability notifications) to more general issues such as setup and installation.
The company did not hesitate to pour large funds to provide chat and telephone support.
For me, the support staff are very competent. I asked a rather difficult question to Sharmaine (is it possible to configure backups via SSH) and he could immediately show me the correct source.