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A Review of Kaspersky Internet Security 2016 Edition

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In usual circumstances, security suites designed for the “new year” start to show up in fall.

However, a number of major vendors, among them Kaspersky, have decided against this option. There is a new Kaspersky Internet Security 2016 suite that has been released to coincide with the release of Windows 10.

The latest release, which costs a mere $79.95 a year for three licenses is still as effective as ever and in fact, there are some new additions to this platform that you ought to check out.

You will notice some changes in the appearance as the huge button-panels labeled as Parental Control, Safe Money, Update, and Scan have been replaced with four borderless buttons. These buttons have been aligned horizontally; however, the labels remain the same. Whenever the status banner at the top changes from green to red or yellow, there is a security issue. If you are thinking independent labs tests, Kaspersky is on top as it has consistently been receiving top ratings, with only Bitdefender Internet Security 2015 scoring almost the same results.

Enhanced firewall

It’s been years since Kaspersky did something about its firewall as far as stealth mode is concerned. The developers of the application believe that stealth mode has nothing much to add to the effectiveness of the firewall as long as all ports are closed and that the antivirus fends off any potential attack.This is a new addition in this edition. However, firewall protections are among the first to launch during the boot process; long before the suite itself starts.

Excellent spam filter

In most cases, most email service providers are installed with a spam filter. As a result, Kaspersky’s antispam feature comes when is disabled. Upon enabling it, all incoming IMAP and POP3 emails will be filtered and in the process, messages will be marked as spam or potential spam.

The feature goes ahead and forms strong integration with Microsoft Outlook thus allowing auto-filling of spam emails in a single folder. If you use a different email client, it is also simple to outline a message rule that will ensure spams are diverted to the desired destination.

Parental control

When compared to the previous version, there are some notable differences between the current parental control system and that of the old version. It is possible to block access to websites that match more than a dozen categories as well as define a weekly schedule that monitors when a child can use a PC in addition to a daily highlight on the usage of the same PC. There is even more to these.

Parents can require kids to have breaks from PCs and with Kaspersky, it is very possible. Simply turn on this feature and use the defaults to get a 15-minute break for each hour. Parents can also cap usage of internet, separately from the cap on the overall usage of a PC. If you feel like, you can block access to any program categories as well as games based on explicit content categories or using the ESRB rating.

Using Kaspersky’s parental control system, parents can also keep track of all social networking contacts and in the process ban or limit certain contacts based on a pre-approved list. Simply define a list of keywords that you want to be monitored, and the system will log into any social networking conversation associated with the pre-approved list of keywords. You can even include a list of keywords that are specific to personal information, for instance, phone number, home address and instruct Kaspersky Internet Security 2016 to prevent any transmission to these items.

Save Money

Do you shop online? You probably do it on numerous occasions. Kaspersky Safe Money feature offers some of the best protection whenever you visit any financial site. It will ask to open the site in protected browser mode and when in this mode, the app will keep your choices and during your next visit, you won’t need to choose whether to navigate this site in protected mode. This feature also allows users to identify any website and choose to access it using the protected browser.