This is our all-in-one roundup reviewing every Kaspersky consumer security solution for 2020. On this page, after our brief intro, you’ll find
(a) a full evaluation of the entry-level Kaspersky Anti-Virus, along with our reviews of the additional features incorporated with the rest of the range:
(b) Kaspersky Internet Security, and
(c) the top-end package Kaspersky Total Security, and
(d) a quick look at the advantages of the Kaspersky Security Cloud range
You can jump to the reviews of those individual products by clicking on the links in the bar at the top of this page, but bear in mind that this article is really designed to be read all the way through, as the features of Kaspersky Anti-Virus are also present in the higher-level security suites, of course.
Every PC needs quality antivirus protection, but that doesn’t necessarily mean spending big money on the latest do-everything security suite. Kaspersky’s starter consumer product is Kaspersky Anti-Virus, a straightforward package which focuses on the core security fundamentals only: antivirus to detect well-known and brand new malware, and malicious URL filtering to keep you away from dangerous links.
Steep discounting gets you a three-device, one-year Kaspersky Anti-Virus license for just $30, doubling to $60 on renewal – which is identical pricing to Bitdefender Antivirus Plus.
Extending that subscription can save a little cash, so for example a five-device, three-year Anti-Virus license is $120 initially, $240 on renewal. That’s decent value for the first term, not so much afterwards; the equivalent Bitdefender Antivirus Plus license has no introductory discount, but it’s only $150, potentially saving you a lot of cash in the long-term.
Kaspersky Internet Security extends Anti-Virus with a firewall, a secure browser to keep your online transactions safe, and protection from webcam hijacking. And it’s not just for Windows anymore: Internet Security has apps for Mac and Android, too.
Much like Anti-Virus, Kaspersky Internet Security pricing is most competitive at the low-end, starting at a reasonable $40 ($80 on renewal) for a three-device, one-year license. A five-device, three-year license is less impressive at $135 initially, $270 on renewal. The equivalent Bitdefender Internet Security license is $170.
The top-of-the-range Kaspersky Total Security throws in Kaspersky’s Safe Kids parental controls, a password manager for PC, Mac and Android, and a Windows backup tool.
This isn’t the longest of feature lists, but then the suite is only marginally more expensive than Internet Security at $50 ($100 on renewal) to cover five-devices over a year, or $225 ($450 on renewal) to cover a family-sized 10 devices for a period of three years.
Kaspersky’s Security Cloud range gives you all the same features, and a few more. Kaspersky’s ‘adaptive protection’ technology offers intelligent help when you need it, for instance, warning you if a password you’ve chosen is too weak, or offering to…