2006's PC-cillin Internet Security suite features a much-improved user interface compared with last year's version. The core bundle remains the same – antivirus, antispam and firewall – but you get some extra protection against phishing and spyware, as well as privacy and parental controls, Wi-Fi intrusion detection and centralised management for good measure.
Installation was straightforward, and PC-cillin 14.0 worked well overall. The antivirus component has performed strongly in the Virus Bulletin VB100 awards and has earned the ISCA Labs seal of approval. It is noticeably less of a resource hog than rival suites, but advanced users might be dismayed by the limited configuration options.
The Privacy Protection and Web Site Filter features deserve a mention. You can opt to block each private data item from transmission via instant message, email or a web form, nominating specific exemptions if you wish.
The new spyware protection PC-cillin offers isn't quite as thorough, however. It doesn't rank by risk, so 'harmless' cookies get listed alongside more serious malware. And firewall performance was also less than stellar. Spam handling was better, with 75 percent spotted from the off.