Kaspersky Internet Security for Mac: Best Parental Controls

Kaspersky Internet Security for Mac costs $39.99 per year for one Mac or $59.99 per year for three, although deep discounts are frequently available.

The Russian-based security firm Kaspersky has a complex reputation, but the company’s Internet Security for Mac program is a solid option for those looking to protect their Apple machines. Kaspersky Internet Security for Mac provides excellent system protection from malware and a handful of useful privacy tools, one of which fills a void left by Apple.

While Kaspersky’s system impact is low, other antivirus products had even lesser impacts for faster overall performance, especially during malware scans. But if parental controls matter to you, Kaspersky Internet Security for Mac is a must-consider option.

Kaspersky Internet Security for Mac costs and what’s covered

Kaspersky Internet Security for Mac costs $39.99 per year for one Mac or $59.99 per year for three, although deep discounts are frequently available. The program supports Macs running macOS 10.12 Sierra or later, with a minimum of 1.2GB of storage available and 2GB of memory.

Antivirus protection

Kaspersky Internet Security for Mac uses traditional, signature-based scanning and behavioral-pattern recognition to detect malware. Threat-related data, including newfound malicious or suspicious files, are processed by the Kaspersky Security Network, a voluntary, cloud-based data-collection network that allows the 400 million computers around the world running Kaspersky software to share malware information.

Kaspersky Internet Security for Mac also stops malware made for Windows machines. That may seem odd, but Windows malware can find safe harbor on Macs and spread to other machines on local networks.

Antivirus detection

Kaspersky Internet Security for Mac’s malware-scanning engine has a generally perfect record for protecting macOS machines.

It caught 100% of malware in tests conducted by the Austrian lab AV-Comparatives in July 2019, and it also caught 100% of malware in German lab AV-Test study in April and May 2018. In fact, Kaspersky stopped 100% of Mac malware in all tests conducted by either lab since the middle of 2017.

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Of the Mac antivirus programs we’ve recently reviewed, Avast Free Mac Security and Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac also netted perfect scores in both AV-Comparatives’ and AV-Test’s most recent evaluations. Norton 360 Deluxe (which AV-Comparatives didn’t test) earned a 100% score from AV-Test.

Security and privacy features

Kaspersky includes the ability to disable your Mac’s webcam, an option that macOS doesn’t itself offer. You’ll have to reenable it in Kaspersky Internet Security if you want to use your webcam again; there’s no way to grant webcam access to some apps while blocking others.

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There’s also a tool to block tracking by websites, which often track your behavior to serve you ads. Since blocking all trackers could break some websites you use, Kaspersky lets you make distinctions among behavioral trackers and trackers used by ad agencies, web-analytics firms and social networks and treat each category differently, as well as letting you white-list websites of whose trackers you approve.

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Kaspersky gives you the option of downloading its password manager, but you get only the free version, which is limited to 15 entries for login credentials and confidential documents. Unlocking unlimited entries costs $14.99 per year, which is rather cheap fora paid password manager.

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You’ll also get client software for Kaspersky’s Secure Connection VPN service, but it limits you to 300MB of traffic per day. For $4.99 per month or $29.99 per year, you can get unlimited VPN service, which also allows you to select the location you connect to. As with the password manager, this is inexpensive foran unlimited VPN service. (Norton 360 Standard and 360 Deluxe each cost more than Kaspersky Internet Security for Mac, but their password manager and VPN services are unlimited by default.)

Performance and system impact

Kaspersky Internet Security for Mac had a mixed impact on our test system’s performance. We tested this by running our custom Excel VLOOKUP benchmark test, which measures how long a computer takes to match 60,000 names and addresses on a spreadsheet. Our test machine wasa 2017 MacBook Air with a 1.8-GHz Intel Core i5 CPU and approximately 54GB of data stored on a 128GB SSD.

With Kaspersky Internet Security for Mac installed on our MacBook, but without any active scans running, the VLOOKUP test finished in an average of 3 minutes and 38 seconds, 2 seconds longer than without any antivirus software installed. That’s a passive hit of just 1%, which is relatively low and not something you’d probably notice in day-to-day activity.

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Other antivirus products’ passive system impacts ranged from 5% to 0%. That’s the great overall news for Mac users: Most of the time, you’ll never notice that you’ve got antivirus software running.

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You would be more likely to notice the slowdowns created by Kaspersky’s active scans. During full-system scans, the VLOOKUP test finished in an average of 5 minutes and 3 seconds, a performance dip of 41%. That’s close to, but not as bad as McAfee AntiVirus Plus‘ 47% fall (the worst score for the round), while Norton (13%) and Sophos Home Premium (7%) caused less of a slowdown during a full scan.

Kaspersky’s biggest system-impact score came from its Quick Scan, wherein the VLOOKUP test finished in 5 minutes and 28 seconds, a hit of 53%. That’s well above the 5% impact from Sophos and the 16% hit from Norton, and it was the highest among all seven programs we recently reviewed.

Kaspersky full-scan completion time of 41 minutes and 20 seconds doesn’t seem to last forever, like Sophos’ 2-hour, 56-minute time does. Instead, Kaspersky’s showing was similar to the completion time posted by Norton (25:49). Those scores were in the middle of the pack and were longer than the supershort 16-second time from Malwarebytes for Mac Premium and the 4:25 from Bitdefender.

Interface

The main window of Kaspersky Internet Security shows your system’s status — Protected, Requires a Restart or otherwise — and presents four clear buttons: Scan, Update, Privacy and Parental Control.

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While I wish Kaspersky’s home screen had a one-click scan button, this layout is clear enough. Once you click Scan on the home screen, you get a window with every kind of scan you could ask for: a field to drag and drop items to be scanned (or browse for them), as well as buttons for full, quick and scheduled scans.

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Next up is Updates, which lets you update your system’s antivirus definitions and check the date of the last update and the last scan. This may not need a whole section, but under an > button, you’ll find the helpful Reports menu that contains a ton of detail, with various scan histories.

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The Privacy section places the controls for webcam and website-tracker blocking up top. Underneath, you find links to Kaspersky’s password manager and VPN.

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This may seem like a small detail, but my favorite part of the Kaspersky Internet Security interface is that the company isn’t constantly pushing the upsells for its password manager and VPN solutions at you, or installing them in the menu bar. Others, including Bitdefender and Avast, do this.

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Under Parental Control, Kaspersky has placed a pretty solid set of controls to manage kids’ online experiences. On the left, you get a menu of child profiles, and on the right, you have the account settings, including controls for the pages kids can open, time spent online and the sharing of personal data. (Sophos has offers only parental web filtering.)

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For a more detailed view of your system’s status, you can click the Open Protection Center button, which will show you five statuses. With these, you can tell if antivirus databases are up to date, if your system is under real-time protection and if your app is activated — the important stuff.

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In the next tab on that screen, you’ll see Recommendations, where Kaspersky urges you to use its browser-based security extensions and sign in to your My Kaspersky online account. The next tab over is News, which contains information such as version-update documentation. This screen is organized in a well-thought-out manner, presenting the most user-relevant information up front and putting lesser stuff near the back.

Installation and support

After purchasing Kaspersky Internet Security for Mac, you install the utility by downloading a small installer file that downloads and installs the whole package. All steps included, it took us approximately 5 minutes to complete the process, which is within the normal, 2-to-10-minute range we saw with Mac antivirus applications.

During the installation process, you can opt out of the Kaspersky Security Network, which collects usage and suspicious-file data for 400 million systems running Kaspersky software. Near the end of the installation, you’ll be directed to the Security & Privacy pane in System Preferences, as system access needs to be explicitly granted in macOS.

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To access technical support, click Help in the menu bar, select Kaspersky Internet Security Support, click My Kaspersky, click Support, click Request Technical Support and log in to My Kaspersky.

Bottom line

With a robust package of special features and an excellent history of malware detection, Kaspersky Internet Security for Mac is one of the best options around. Yet, while Kaspersky provides an especially compelling option for those looking to exert parental controls, we have to give the final nod overall to Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac, which has similarly good malware protection but half the system impact during scans as Kaspersky.

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Students beware: Cybercriminals use textbooks and essays as a disguise for malware

JEDDAH — Kaspersky experts have uncovered 53,531 malicious or … Start using a reliable security solution like Kaspersky Internet Security.

JEDDAH — Kaspersky experts have uncovered 53,531 malicious or potentially unwanted files disguised as ready-to-use essays and textbooks for schools and universities. From August 2018 to July 2019 they were used in 356,662 attacks on 104,819 users – a 21% decrease, compared to the figures from the previous year. These are among the main findings of Kaspersky’s ‘Back to School report’.

While some might find the cost of student books to be quite expensive, they are an inevitable part of any educational program. As a result, many textbooks can be found online, and students might avoid the high costs by downloading them from pirate websites or file hosting forums, along with student essays. Threat actors, however, are willing to create mischief and use students’ hunger for knowledge and academic success as an opportunity to distribute malware.

Overall, there were 17,755 threats disguised as student books, and most often, these were falsely circulated English (2,080), math (1,213) and literature (870) textbooks. The vast majority of threats hiding under these disguises were downloaders of various files: from annoying, yet not fatal adware or unrequested software, to highly dangerous money-stealing malware.

The remaining 35,776 threats were disguised as essays and student papers on various topics. As researchers were taking a closer look at them, they noticed something unusual. In 35.5% of cases, the most popular malware was an eight-year-old worm – an outdated type of threat that is not often seen in use nowadays. It was actively distributed through a specific attack vector – USB-sticks. Upon closer examination, the experts came to the conclusion that the worm ‘lives’ on computers at student printing services, that are often used for years without regular security updates and run old versions of operations, getting there through what seems to be a student essay that needs to be printed.

“Students attempting to avoid paying for textbooks and other educational materials is creates an opportunity for cybercriminals that they simply cannot resist. This turns into are a serious problem for educational entities, as once the infection gets on a school network computer, it can easily spread. Not all schools are prepared to carry out effective incident response, as educational organizations are considered to be an a-typical target for fraudsters, but threat actors use every opportunity they can get. This is why precautionary measures are vital for such organizations,” said Maria Fedorova, security researcher at Kaspersky.

To avoid being victimized by malware, students are advised to:

• Not open email attachments that seemed suspicious, or from someone you do not know

• Only search for books you need offline or in trusted online libraries

• Pay attention to the downloaded file’s extension. If you are going to download academic books, the file should not end in the extension .exe

• Pay attention to the person who lends or gives you a USB drive with work to share. Do not take USB drives from anyone you don’t know

• Start using a reliable security solution like Kaspersky Internet Security. Configure it to automatically scan every time an external drive or USB drive is connected to your PC.

Kaspersky advises universities and schools to do the following:

• Use an up-to-date version of the machine’s Operating System (OS)

• Do not neglect to use a dedicated cybersecurity product for organizations such as Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Business that can protect school or university networks against any malware and threats that may come from either the Internet or USB devices. — SG

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Kaspersky detects over 14 million phishing attempts in Southeast Asia for H1 2019

Recent statistics gathered by Kaspersky showed Southeast Asia remains a … There are a number of malicious software that can gain entry into your …

Recent statistics gathered by Kaspersky showed Southeast Asia remains a target of cybercriminals attempting to infect networks and devices through the simplest yet still most effective trick called phishing. The global cybersecurity company has detected a total of 14 million phishing attempts against internet users in the region for the first six months of 2019.

Kaspersky detects over 14 million phishing attempts in Southeast Asia for H1 2019

Kaspersky reveals that attempts to direct its users to phishing websites during the first half of 2019 was highest in Vietnam, Malaysia, and Indonesia. There are over 11 million combined attempts detected from these three countries. Moreover, Thailand logged nearly 1.5 million attempts while the Philippines had over one million incidents. Singapore posted only 351,510 attempts from January to June of this year.

On the other hand, the ranking of SEA countries dynamically changes when it comes to the percentage of users infected by phishing attacks. In Kaspersky’s phishing statistics for the first half of 2019, it shows the Philippines has the highest percent of phishing victims at 17.3%. The growth posted is a whopping 65.56% higher compared with the data for the same period last year at 10.449%.

Malaysia scored the second highest at 15.829% of users infected through phishing from 11.253% in the first half of 2018. Coming behind is Indonesia with 14.316% from 10.719% last year, Thailand at 11.972% from 10.9% and Vietnam followed closely at 11.703% from 9.481%. Singapore recorded 5% this year compared to 4.142% posted last year.

Phishing attempts refer to the frequency that cybercriminals try to entice Kaspersky users to visit fraudulent websites to steal their information in particular regions and territories. Meanwhile, the percentage of infected users indicate the proportion of Kaspersky users targeted by these phishing attempts within a given timeframe.

“This old but effective threat is real in Southeast Asia and shows no signs of fading anytime soon. The region is composed of many young and highly-mobile populations and admit or not, we need to educate them on the risks of basic attacks like phishing. It is an accepted fact that the young users will buy a new phone then think of securing it physically but never virtually. And as long as individuals will continue to let their guards down when using the internet, we can be sure that we’d keep on counting phishing victims again and again,” says Yeo Siang Tiong, General Manager for Southeast Asia at Kaspersky.

The effectiveness of phishing scam proved enticing to criminals who can easily sell stolen credentials in the dark web. Fraudsters are after user credentials that include credit card numbers and passwords to bank accounts and other financial applications.

While authorities and private companies have warned users time and again that they would not solicit personal information over the internet, the number of victims has been increasing. In spite of the increased awareness of online scams, users are becoming less concerned about the consequences as evidenced by the growth in the number of affected users.

“It’s seriously alarming that phishing tricks are still very effective in deceiving internet users in Southeast Asia. It’s also worth noting that cybercriminals can use the same email phishing strategy for years and someone will still provide their personal details willingly or click a malicious link unknowingly. Our latest data proves that we really need to work on turning the internet users in the region into well-informed and meticulous recipients who would be able to recognize such fraudulent ancient tricks,” adds Yeo.

Kaspersky offers these steps below to avoid falling victim to a phishing scam:

  • Always keep a keen eye on suspicious emails. If it looks too good to be true, check, double-check, and triple-check. If the email comes supposedly from your bank, call the bank immediately to verify. Historically, banks will never ask for your details such as a password. They usually ask for personal detail updates in person by filling out a form on their branch.
  • Maintain two email addresses if you are using free accounts. One is for official use and the other is for websites that require you to log in to read the news or gather information.
  • Not all smartphones are secure so be careful of messages that will lead you to a website. There are a number of malicious software that can gain entry into your contacts list and financial apps.
  • Use a reliable security solution with anti-phishing and secure payment capabilities like Kaspersky Internet Security, Kaspersky Total Security, and Kaspersky Security for Cloud.
  • Still, the best defense to phishing is being informed and discerning of the emails and other messages users receive. There is no harm in being too cautious especially most of the financial transactions are now done online in pursuit of digitalization.

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The New Version of Kaspersky Security Cloud Strengthens Privacy Control for Apps and Websites

Kaspersky has updated Kaspersky Security Cloud – its account-based … Thus, consumers who already use some of Kaspersky’s software do not have …

Kaspersky has updated Kaspersky Security Cloud – its account-based service with access to the company’s best consumer technologies and tools – with new ways to protect user privacy across multiple devices. Kaspersky Security Cloud now reduces the risk of users’ privacy being violated by warning them about the risks of dangerous and special permissions requested by apps on Android devices. In addition, it notifies users about phishing attempts hidden behind shortened links to websites. Kaspersky’s traditional consumer product line, with Essential-to-Premium solutions, has been further enhanced to offer a better user experience through performance improvements and optimizing the number of notifications.

According to Kaspersky’s report – The true value of digital privacy: are consumers selling themselves short? – it is increasingly common for consumers to protect their digital privacy by checking the settings on their devices and the apps that they use. In fact, more than a third (35%) of consumers regularly follow this practice.

However, as apps today often make suspicious permission requests that could endanger user privacy, confusion reigns. In order to simplify consumers’ control over privacy and save time in managing settings, Kaspersky Security Cloud’s new feature for Android devices enables users to view and manage app permissions in one place, at a glance. This helps identify potentially dangerous or questionable requests made by an app, and explains the risks associated with different types of common permissions.

In addition to suspicious app permissions, there’s another privacy risk that consumers need to be aware of and this has been accounted for in the new version of Kaspersky Security Cloud. In recent years, short URLs have seen widespread adoption due to the limited amount of characters they take up in instant messages or tweets. In fact, many legitimate services now use short URLs to link to desired webpages for sales and marketing purposes. However, while there are benefits, they can be dangerous as users don’t neccessarily know where they lead. This can have serious privacy consequences and has resulted in the increased popularity of short URLs among cybercriminals in recent years. To combat this, users of Kaspersky Security Cloud can take advantage of an improved Anti-Phishing feature to better protect personal information. The service analyzes short URLs and warns if a phishing link is hidden behind them. As part of this process, Kaspersky Security Cloud sends an anti-phishing alert to the user and ensures that the links and websites they access are safe.

“For modern users, it is not enough to just secure their device. Cybercriminals are becoming more interested in obtaining personal information about a specific person – whether it is a piece of financial information or their search history. If this sort of information is exposed, it can bring potential harm to its owner making the issue of digital privacy extremely important. In order to provide more control over personal information regardless of which type of device they use, we have updated Kaspersky Security Cloud. We are helping consumers keep their personal data safe and sound across multiple devices,” comments Marina Titova, Head of Consumer Product Marketing at Kaspersky.

There are three editions of Kaspersky Security Cloud: Free (extended version of Kaspersky Free that now, apart from Windows, supports mobile devices and delivers personalized protection), Personal and Family. Each edition offers a different number of applications, tools and technologies. All Kaspersky Security Cloud subscribers can install its applications and technologies on a PC, Mac and mobile devices. What is more, all customers will receive the new features and updates for free within the subscription period.

To learn more about the new version of Kaspersky Security Cloud, visit https://me.kaspersky.com/security-cloud.

Kaspersky Anti-Virus, Kaspersky Internet Security and Kaspersky Total Security: performance improvements and better user experience

As well as updating Kaspersky Security Cloud, Kaspersky has also refined the interface and key capabilities within Kaspersky Anti-Virus, Kaspersky Internet Security and Kaspersky Total Security. This has improved performance, how consumers receive notifications, and the overall user experience.

Kaspersky has worked on improving its traditional security solutions’ performance for Windows. For example, in order to speed up lengthy file system scans for malware, the restriction on the PC’s resources consumed has been lifted. Furthermore, the latest version can be installed in just half the time and is 15% ‘lighter’ – so there’s less load on the user’s PC.

In addition, security solutions now only alert users about significant events and ensure a frictionless experience. For instance, when a user visits a banking website, they receive a notification from the Safe Money feature, informing them that their session is protected.

Kaspersky has also simplified how credentials and account information is exchanged between the company’s products. Thus, consumers who already use some of Kaspersky’s software do not have to re-enter their credentials whenever they install a new product. Rather, they can manage them all under one My Kaspersky account.

To learn more about the new generation of Kaspersky’s consumer traditional product line, visit https://me.kaspersky.com/home-security#all

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Stop using outdated software like Windows 7, Kaspersky says

Despite the fact that running an unsupported or near end-of-life operating system increases security risks, new research from Kaspersky has revealed …

Despite the fact that running an unsupported or near end-of-life operating system increases security risks, new research from Kaspersky has revealed that many businesses and consumers are still using Windows 7 and some have yet to upgrade past Windows XP.

Researchers from the cybersecurity firm analyzed data collected from Kaspersky Security Network users regarding what operating system they use and the results show that 41 percent of consumers still use obsolete systems including extremely old ones like Windows XP and Vista.

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