So, you’ve bought a brand-new laptop. Congratulations! It’s so shiny, isn’t it? If you’re on a tighter budget, though, maybe you’ve just upgraded your existing device, especially its cybersecurity. Either way, a reliable antivirus isn’t enough. You’re going to need an internet security package to stay ahead of online threats.
Of course, laptops as a whole tend to have lower specifications than their desktop counterparts—and internet security packages are typically heavy consumers of system resources.
Here are some of the best internet security packages on the market to give your laptop the edge over web-basedviruses—without grinding it to a halt in the process.
Norton has been making cybersecurity software for so long that it has become practically synonymous with antivirus and internet security. Thankfully, the company has devoted a lot of effort to reducing its resource overhead, making it a great choice for laptop users. When we tested it, we were impressed by its scanning speed, light RAM usage, and its “best in class” internet security features.
Norton features a smart two-way firewall which protects against unauthorized network activity, both inbound and outbound. It includes advanced parental controls to prevent family members from accessing age-inappropriate content. Users also get a spam blocking filter and a cloud backup sync.
Bitdefender’s multi-mode scanner is well-known for high marks from testing labs, and Total Security (its top-level product) features some impressive internet security features.
These include SafePay, which is a dedicated browser for online shopping and a virtual keyboard to prevent keylogging. By subscribing to the Bitdefender Premium VPN, users can prevent their credit card details falling into the wrong hands.
The product is also a relatively quick download, and it installed quickly on our test Windows laptop. Bitdefender Total Security includes some excellent internet security features and is worth checking out.
McAfee is definitely a strong internet security suite, and its slick, fast-loading UI makes it a great choice for laptop users.
McAfee Total Protection gives you access to a range of antivirus and internet security features and its five- and ten-device coverage plans mean it’s very affordable if you’re covering additional devices.
Total Security comes with a password manager so that you can store your internet passwords in a secure, encrypted space. Additionally, McAfee’s Identity Theft Protection module gives you access to Social Security number monitoring, 24/7/365 identity theft agents, and even includes stolen funds insurance up to $10,000. That’s not only comprehensive protection against cybercrime, but it’s also a testament to how much the company trusts its product.
Panda remains one of our top antivirus and internet security recommendations and truly excels in both. Panda Dome Complete features an easy to use password manager and a device location and remote-control tool.
That makes it perfect for laptop users. Lost and stolen laptops cost consumers and businesses almost $2 billion every year and can affect both your data and identity. The device location tool sends its coordinates to the cloud-based dashboard and the results are pinpoint accurate. The remote-control tool can be useful in both normal use and when attempting to recover files and folders from a misplaced or stolen device.
BullGuard includes an excellent network scanner, which is perfect for laptop users that frequently take their device to public WiFi hotspots like coffee shops and libraries.
BullGuard Internet Security (or Premium Protection, which also includes an identity protection module) includes a PC tune-up tool to make sure that your laptop is in good working order and the parental control tool is among the best on the market. It allows you to customize pre-configured filtering templates. Users can also configure internet access schedules and receive comprehensive reports about browsers’ histories.
Give Your Laptop Internet Security Protection
Both laptop and desktop users require internet security and antivirus packages to give themselves the best chance of avoiding cyber threats. Our top five internet security packages are all ideal choices to secure your laptop.