F-Secure Internet Security 2012 review

Light on your system, and effective at keeping your computer secure, but does F-Secure’s latest have any chinks in its armour?
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£31.55

F-Secure Internet Security 2012 has a great deal of experience in the Internet security field, where this product has some solid reassurance straight from the off. It’s a competitively-priced suite of tools, with at least a 12 month licence to use them all – with traditional anti-virus and firewall tools, along with spam blocking, anti-phishing, and parental controls. 

Much of what you get here is strongly deployed. Certainly, we found that the software had little trouble detecting and dealing with traditional viruses, and browsing known malware-infecting websites, where the alarm bells were raised and catastrophe was averted. 

It’s good for a family situation, too. Individual user accounts can be created, each of which has different levels of browser protection, web filters and also time limits available. Standard users, as you might expect, aren’t allowed to meddle with the settings. And whilst there are more sophisticated and more rounded parental control suites available, F-Secure does a solid job with its 2012 suite.

On the downside, we found that adjusting settings and getting under the bonnet of the software itself was a little trickier than we were expecting. Upon installation, we found the access to one or two locations on our test PC was blocked, and it wasn’t immediately obvious how we could rectify this situation. Switching off the F-Secure software restored access, and it took a little more detective work than we would have expected, for things to go back to normal. It’s a rare occurrence, certainly, but a mild concern.

That said, the intention of F-Secure Internet Security 2012 is that you install it, and then don’t really worry about it, until it comes time to renew your subscription. As per the norm, there are numerous settings you can alter and toggle to your preference. This is all while the software is happy to sit in the background and keep your computer protected. You do have to sit through quite a few questions on installation, which the novice may find uncomfortable, but it’s quite simple to get up and running.

F-Secure is a mature, but effective software that bears a small system footprint. At the time of writing, an offer is running too. This is for a licence for three PCs, for 24 months, at £49.95. Given what you get here, that’s really not a bad deal at all.


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Company: F-Secure

Website: http://uk.f-secure.com/

Positives
  • A lot for your money, and quietly efficient, too.
Negative
  • When you do need to fiddle with settings, it all seems unnecessarily tricky.

Verdict

Very good Internet security software, offering quality protection with a host of extra features, and at a reasonably good value in price.