Internet Security Software

Updated 10-31-2014

Internet Security Software Reviews: We've reviewed all the top Internet Security Software suites for the new year and have the download on all the new features and extra protections. From cloud-based protection to new website reputation features, Internet Security Software suites have stepped up their game this year. Check out all the software reviews to find which product meets your security software needs.

Internet Security Software Reviews & Ratings


Services: Our Ratings: Bottom Line:
Symantec's Norton Internet Security 2014 Rating:stars
The best at protecting you and your computer. New version has vastly improved performance, Windows 8 enhancements and a wide array of new and updated features.
Kaspersky Multi-Device Internet Security 2015 Rating:stars
Smooth interface and essential features keep Kaspersky at the top of its game in 2015.
BitDefender Sphere Multi-Device Internet Security 2015 Rating:stars
Quiet and effective with plenty of features to keep your computers and devices safe and secure.
Avast! Internet Security 2014 Rating:stars
Fast, affordable and easy to use with a slew of great features. Best bargain for smart security software.
Eset Smart Security 7 Rating:stars
Provides simple yet strong protection with added perks like a Social Media Scanner and Parental Controls.
McAfee All Access Multi-Device Internet Security 2015 Rating:stars
Standard multi-device security with a handful of useful features including online backup and a password manager; high instance of pop-up notifications
Webroot SecureAnywhere Complete 2015 Rating:stars
Great product for those looking for basic protection. Easy installation, simple interface and quick performance.
ZoneAlarm Extreme Internet Security Suite 2015 Rating:stars
Full-featured and a good value with free Identity Guard subscription, but hard to measure effectiveness.
Trend Micro Premium Internet Security 2015 Rating:stars
Quality software with great protection and privacy features, but poor performance in independent testing
Iolo's System Shield AntiVirus & AntiSpyware Rating:stars
Inexpensive, reliable software with a cool detection feature. Confusing interface and difficult installation downgrades its score. Discount for NextAdvisor readers.
AVG Internet Security Rating:stars
Slick new interface and good security, but most extra features require an additional purchase.

NextAdvisor Internet Security Software Blog Headlines

FBI Says More Than 500 Million Financial Records Stolen This Year: How to Protect Yourself
Oct 22, 2014 - "You're going to be hacked. Have a plan," Joseph Demarest, assistant director of the FBI's Cyber Division, warned a group of business leaders at a cybersecurity event on Monday. This event, organized by the Financial Services Roundtable, sought to help business owners understand the magnitude of ...

Shellshock Bug: What You Need to Know
Oct 2, 2014 - You may have heard about the Shellshock bug, the latest Internet security issue to make waves on news and tech sites throughout the web. Security experts are saying it has the potential to be bigger than the Heartbleed security flaw. What you might not understand is what the bug is and what its d...

October Special: Get $40 Off Trend Micro Premium Internet Security
Oct 2, 2014 - October is a month for spooks and scares, but Trend Micro is offering customers a deal that is definitely more treat than trick. For the duration of the month, you can get its Premium Internet security software suite for just $59.95 ? a whopping $40 discount from the regular price of $99.95. You ...

Holiday Shopping and Data Breaches: How to Keep Your Identity Safe
Oct 1, 2014 - Heading into the holiday shopping season, you are probably worried about the safety of your personal data as you pick up gifts and the other essentials this time of year. Who can blame you for worrying? Last November during the height of Black Friday holiday shopping, Target suffered a malware at...

Social Media and Your Reputation: What You Need to Know
Sep 26, 2014 - Did you do anything fun this weekend? Maybe you had a little too much fun at the after-work happy hour on Friday, and now the whole office knows because someone tagged you in a Facebook photo. Everyone likes to cut loose on the weekend, but what you do in your free time is hard to [...]

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Overview

Viruses, Malware, and Spyware

Experts estimate that over one million viruses, spyware and adware applications, collectively called malware, have been released over the Internet. The purpose of these malware programs ranges from annoyances, like advertising pop-ups, to the downright criminal, like attempting to steal your identity. Luckily, Internet security software programs exist to help prevent your computer from being infected. All of the services we have reviewed offer advanced protection against viruses, spyware, adware and phishing scams. Most will even limit the amount of spam you see in your email inbox.
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Antivirus Protection

Viruses are computer programs created by hackers that attempt to damage your computer, gain access to your personal information or both. Internet security software providers are very good at identifying and preventing viruses from infecting your computer. Most can even spot brand new viruses as soon as they are released on the Internet.
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Gone Phishing

Think twice next time you are asked to enter your personal information on the Internet. Criminals use a technique called phishing to trick consumers into entering their personal information, such as passwords or bank account details, into webpages that appear to be legitimate. This information can be used to steal your identity, your money or both. All of the Internet security software providers we have reviewed offer anti-phishing protection that will alert you when you are visiting a suspected phishing site.
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