As the computing market gets more diverse, there's increasing demand for internet security products which work not just on desktop PCs, but on Macs, ultrabooks, tablets and smartphones. While we've already looked at products which cater for Android phones and iOS devices, Kaspersky One is the first which offers protection on five different platforms.
There are versions of Kaspersky One on the two CDs supplied or available through download which run on Windows-based PCs and laptops, Macs, Android and Symbian tablets and smartphones and, to an extent, on BlackBerries. There are 5- and 3-device licences available and you can choose which devices take up those licences.
The PC version of Kaspersky One works on 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows, from XP onwards, and the control interface is simple, but smart. The main screen provides core status information with a scrolling menu of options, below. These include scanning the PC, updating databases, parental control and tools, right down to logs of application activity, a network monitor and a virtual keyboard. Separate buttons lead to scan reports and program settings.
Our standard usability tests scanned a 50GB test partition in just over 48 min and examined 174,103 files, giving a scan rate of 60.1 files/s. This is the fifth slowest among the products we've reviewed in the last year. It did much better on the footprint test, where running a scanner in the background only increased the copy time of our file transfer by 46%, third best in the same group. Visit: Security Advisor
Kaspersky One: protection scores
AV-Test rates Kaspersky Internet Security, which represents the PC component of the Kaspersky One suite, at 16.5/18, an excellent score. It scored 100% on the Repair section of the tests, which include detection of widespread malware, including rootkits, and removal of it and other malicious components. It only dropped 0.5 in the Protection section, with just 4% of all threats, including zero-day malware, going undetected. It dropped one point in usability, with a slightly greater slow-down than average, but gave no false warnings of legitimate applications.
The Mac version of the IS application, Kaspersky Anti-Virus for Mac, loads just as simply as the PC one, though it uses a different, simplified interface. It doesn't contain some of the PC extras, either, such as parental control or a network monitor.
The Android app is Kaspersky Mobile Security and this ran fine on our Samsung Galaxy Mini, though it also works on Symbian and Blackberry devices. As well as anti-virus scanning, it includes anti-theft protection, with a slightly involved system of defining a keycode, which has to be used when accessing the program, before you turn it off or uninstall it.
If a protected phone falls into the hands of a thief, the owner can remotely lock it down, wipe it, locate it and even retrieve its new number, if the SIM is replaced. We found it fairly easy to use, though some aspects were a little frustrating. While setting up the keycode, we mis-typed the email address to send details to, in case of a forgotten code. There didn't seem to be any way to return to that screen and retype the address.