2012 Security Suites are Out Repost of By Neil J. Rubenking article

13 Oct 2011 12:33 PM | Deleted user

More than half of the major security vendors have released their 2012 security suites already, counting both those with "2012" in the name and those released since the first 2012 edition appeared. Their prices range from under $40 to almost $90, but the most expensive aren't necessarily the most effective. Even though quite a few haven't been updated yet, a couple of clear winners have emerged.

Norton Internet Security 2012 ($69.99 direct for three licenses, 4.5 stars) excels in all areas, with no component rating less than four stars. Even in areas like spam filtering and parental control, weak points for many suites, Norton does a great job. And its smart firewall protects against a wide variety of attacks.

Webroot SecureAnywhere Complete ($79.95 direct for three licenses, 4.5 stars) is this season's breakout success. Totally rewritten, its core components occupy less than 600KB of disk space. In my testing, Webroot achieved a first-ever perfect score for malware blocking. And its online backup and file synchronization goes way beyond almost all of the competition. Webroot and Norton currently share the Editors' Choice honor for security suites.

The chart below lists the 2012 suites along with the star ratings for their various components.

2012 Security Suites
By Neil J. Rubenking for PC Magazine
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