Kaspersky Internet Security 2012
Let me preface this review by admitting Iím
probably not the most tech-savvy of chaps. As far as Iím concerned a
Trojan is either a brand of condom or a kind of giant wooden horse, and
phishing is something that happens when illiterate people dunk their
rhods in a phond. But even us techno-dunces need to surf the web in
safety, and thatís where Kaspersky comes in.
Unusual name that, Kaspersky. Iíve been
staring at the box cover for several days now and I still canít decide
how to say it. Is it pronounced Kasperski, with the emphasis on the
final syllable, or with the stress on the penultimate, like Casper-sky?
In the first instance it sounds more like a Polish boxer from the early
20th century than an antivirus software, and in the latter
more like a ghostly childrenís comic book character.
Yet no matter how you say it, thereís
nothing outdated or airy-fairy about the protection afforded by
Kaspersky. As the box sternly advises, Kaspersky Internet Security 2012
Anti-Spam & Anti-Banner
which Iím sure youíll agree is nothing if
not comprehensive. Iíve had the program installed for several weeks now
and itís been smooth sailing: the odd threat or bout of suspicious
activity is handled with a minimum of fuss, and unlike certain of its
competitors Kaspersky doesnít feel the need to shout about it every 13
seconds. ĎHey, look at me. Iím an internet security program and Iím
doing my job. Just thought Iíd let you know in the form of this
annoying pointless popup window and numerous others like it.í Shut
the fuck up Norton. Everyone hates you.
I attempted to give Kaspersky a bit of a
workout, but Iím not sure I ever got it to break a sweat. I logged onto
Tor and tried to find something a friend had told me about called the
hidden wiki, but evidently it was too well hidden, so I ended up doing
what I usually do on the internet, which is look up amusing YouTube
videos then feel moderately bitter that my cat isnít that
At around $50 Kaspersky is a pinch more
expensive than other leading Internet Security software such as Norton
and is significantly more expensive than AVG, which can be downloaded
for free, though it easily trumps the latter by doing significantly more
with substantially less intrusion, and the former by not being Norton.
There are no pointless popups every time the mildest of threats is
detected, and no boastful intermittent reminders of exactly how hard the
program is working to keep your computer safe from threat. Rather like
a boxer from the early 20th century
Kaspersky simply gets in there and goes to work, and in this regard and
several others (the oversized desktop icon is rather handsome and easy
to navigate, for one thing, and the Ďrun scaní option is both quick and
comprehensive) leaves many of its major competitors for dead.
Unlike most software reviewers I donít know
anything about computers. I donít want to know anything about
computers. All I want out of my laptop and PC is to be able to tinker
away on MS Word, fritter away the hours on YouTube, book the odd holiday
and indulge in the occasional (i.e. near daily) bout of internet
shopping, secure in the knowledge my credit card details wonít be stolen
by an Eastern European crime syndicate and that no nefarious types will
be able to go phishing in my Bigpond, as it were. Kaspersky makes all
of the above possible, and much more, and for that it gets the vote of
this technological illiterate.