Kaspersky Security Cloud
Kaspersky Security Cloud is a giant security suite that is packed with different features which takes all power of Kaspersky's Total Security and takes it up a level. Installing Security Cloud gives you an impressively lengthy list including leading edge antivirus, browsing protection, firewall, parental controls, a password manager, banking protection, a basic VPN, a software updater, encryption, secure file deletion, local backup and more.
This sounds like an impressive list however, it's not quite as good as it first sounds. The VPN in particular doesn't allow you to choose any location and only gives you 500MB of daily traffic. This is barely enough for 30 minutes of standard definition video streaming. You can upgrade to the full VPN but this costs from £24 a year to cover five devices.
You'll get most of the same features with Kaspersky Total Security, but Security Cloud has some unique technologies of it's own. On the Kaspersky website it explains how the Security Cloud has 'adaptive protection'. This means that the service automatically adapts how it works to suit your needs. An example of this is if you used a site regularly that is breached, you'll be warned to change your password. When you're away it'll automatically enable the VPN or launch a secure browser to protect your credit card details. Or it will also clear up system junk or optimize your device to the best performance. So it can be very useful.
The Security cloud is available on Windows, Android, iOS and Mac. All your devices will be managed through your web=based My Kaspersky console.
Although Total Security and Security Cloud shares a very similar feature set at the moment, this may change over time. Kaspersky has stated that when it does introduce new tools, they'll appear in Security Cloud first.
Pricing starts at £55.64 to cover three devices for the first year, then it's £74.19 on renewal, and you can cover five devices for a added cost being £61.82 for the first year then £82.43 on renewal. Kaspersky Security Cloud has a very good Family plan where there is support for up to 20 devices which only costs £92.75 for the first year, then renewal is £123.67.
In comparison to some of the other security suites, Bitdefender Total Security 2020 covers up to 10 devices, but is still priced at £45.34 for the first year then £82.43 on renewal. This is cheaper coverage per device in one year, but more expensive afterwards.
Kaspersky Security Cloud is a good family value security suite if you can use support for all 20 devices. Although it's more expensive in some situations, it can save you money in others, especially when you're only covering a small number of devices.
You can begin to setup Kaspersky Security Cloud by accessing your 'My Kaspersky' web account console, entering an activation key and choosing an installation method. The options available are downloading an installer directly, or from the app store, or sending an email to someone with a download link.
The main interface for Kaspersky is a simple launcher which displays the device security status, and presents users with eight tiles which represents a module or function. You can tap on a tile and you're able to view and use it's various features.
This is pretty simple to use however, there isn't the control or feedback you'll see with competitors. Referring back to Bitdefender 2020, it enables running a Quick Scan direct from the launcher where Kaspersky require you to open the Scan screen, then choose Quick Screen, increasing time with each click.
When loading the main console you're presented with Kaspersky's Scan window. It's very simple to use and you'll know what you're doing immediately. There is a sidebar with a list of different scan types (Full, Quick, selective or External Device). You can easily see the Run scan button, Schedule and Settings options.
With simplicity it offers a number of features. Clicking the Quick scan option will give you a summary of the last Quick Scan report you did. This means you don't need to go looking for past logs or history if you're needing to compare figures.
Kaspersky is also great at handling multiple instances of scans. This means if you're trying to do a full scan then quickly need to scan a file you've downloaded it can do this with ease. Most other suites will open a new window telling you to wait until the first one has processed, with Kaspersky it's all done though one window and at the same time. These scans are also very quick taking just 15 mintues to check over 50GB of data.
Firewall - Installing Kaspersky Security Cloud gives you an intelligent firewall which controls internet access and blocks attacks. Most of the time this is done in the background without any prompts or alerts.
URL Filtering - This is enabled by default and it's purpose is to keep you away from dangerous links. When going onto a malicious site it will display a message explaining there's an issue with that webpage. You're also given an option to visit that site anyway if you're sure it's a false positive.
VPN - Kaspersky Security Cloud comes with a built in VPN. There is no option to select what location and you're limited to 500MB traffic a day. This is roughly 15GB a month.
Password Manager - This tool allows you to generate, manage and sync all your passwords across Windows, Mac, Android and iOS devices.
Hard Drive Health - This feature alerts users to failing storage devices, letting them move their data before it's lost.
Software Updater - This detects and checks for missing security patches and updates which can prove to be extremely useful.
Backup - This is an easy to use feature that allows you to back up all your files in very few clicks.
Kaspersky Security Cloud has a excellent antivirus engine and does a very good job of protecting users from new threats. The rest of the suite doesn't offer that of top competitors but for the price especially with the family plan, can provide to be very useful and efficient in what it does.
For all devices
- Internet connection required – for product activation & updates and for access to some features
- Webcam Protection technology only runs on PCs & Mac computers. The feature is available for a range of compatible web-cameras. For the full list of compatible devices, please visit: https://support.kaspersky.com/14098 (for PCs) and https://support.kaspersky.com/14304(for Mac computers)
Windows®-based desktops and laptops
- 1500 MB free space on the hard drive
- Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 10 or higher
- Microsoft .NET Framework 4 or higher
- Microsoft Windows 101 Home / Pro / Enterprise2, 3
- Microsoft Windows 8 & 8.1 / Pro / Enterprise2 / 8.1 update3
- Microsoft Windows 7 Starter / Home Basic & Premium / Professional / Ultimate — SP1 or higher3
- Processor: 1 GHz or higher
- Memory (RAM): 1 GB (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
Windows-based tablets (system with an Intel® processor)2
- Microsoft Windows 101 Home / Pro / Enterprise3
- Microsoft Windows 8 & 8.1 / Pro (64-bit3)
- Minimum screen resolution: 1024x768