- Very high scores from almost all independent antivirus testing labs
- A complete parental control system
- Advanced features such as shredding and File encryption
- Password manager
- Lots of bonus features
- Cross-platform protection
- Backup system
- More expensive than its competitors
- Tech support is rather a poor experience
- Manages to score mediocre scores in a few tests
- Sometimes a few password manager features simply don’t work
If you are looking for a security suite that has everything and then some more, Kaspersky Total Security is where you should stop.
It is jam-packed with advanced features.
Aside from that, Kaspersky Total Security also happens to be an award-winning antivirus protection.
It also comes with a strong firewall feature.
Add to that, a comprehensive parental control feature, file encryption, online as well as a local backup along with many others and you have a security suite that really can do everything.
Security Gladiators is fully aware of the recent Kaspersky Labs related allegations which say that the company has inappropriate ties to government agencies in Russia.
Until Security Gladiators can come across some actual and hard proof of such allegations, Security Gladiators will continue to treat them as not proven.
And because of that Security Gladiators will continue to recommend products from Kaspersky security but only as long as the company’s products keep giving us the performance to actually merit a due endorsement.
Kaspersky Total Security Full Review
For any good security suite, a wide range of components have to coalesce in a collection and form a workable security product.
Some security products only offer an antivirus as the main form of protection.
Some also add other features such as,
- A spam filter
- Parental controls
There are many other little extra features that security suites can include in order to form a comprehensive security product.
But then there are those other security products.
Security products such as Kaspersky Total Security.
These type of security suites actually pack in a great number of extra features.
They try to cover each and every aspect of a user’s online security.
Needs to say that Kaspersky Total Security goes over and above the average security suite with its vast number of goodies on the side.
In other words, Kaspersky Total Security offers users an entry-level security suite and then it adds features such as,
- A basic level password manager
- A decent backup system
- Parental control system with some seriously enhanced features
This should tell the readers that Kaspersky Total Security has an impressive collection when it comes to features alone.
With that said, some of those features and their components don’t quite shine like other Kaspersky Total Security features.
Moreover, all the extra Kaspersky Total Security features come at a price.
Users who want to subscribe for a five-license deal will have to pay around $99.99 per year.
They can upgrade their subscription package to include 10 licenses but that will raise the yearly price to $149.99.
Let’s try and compare that with other security suites.
Symantec, another reputable security firm, offers its 10-license subscription package for just $89.99 per year.
Moreover, BitDefender Total Security offers its 10-license package for a total amount of $99.99.
Then there is McAfee LiveSafe which comes for $89.99 per year.
The McAfee LiveSafe enables users to install the company’s protection on each and every single device in their household.
That isn’t to say that Kaspersky Total Security doesn’t have cross-platform support.
And you can use that fact to take advantage of the licenses you’ll get on devices that use operating systems such as,
Some of the Kaspersky Total Security components also offer iOS compatibility.
How To Start?
If you want to get your start with Kaspersky Total Security, you need to first activate your official purchase.
Users can do that via the My Kaspersky web portal.
After that users have to download the appropriate official installer.
In the case of Kaspersky Total Security, users will probably have to install installers and not just an installer.
Because of the way Kaspersky Total Security works.
The official portal offers the main official installer.
Along with that, it offers other installers for extra features such as password manager and Safe Kids.
If the user has bought the entry-level Kaspersky Internet Security then it will come with six feature icons that represent six core features.
These six core features are as follows,
- Parental Control
- Privacy Protection
- Safe Money
- Database Update
All of these core features are available for all of the user’s devices.
The other thing users need to keep in mind is that the Kaspersky Free also comes with all these six icons.
But as far as the actual display is concerned, Kaspersky Free only enables the first two of these six icons.
When the user has gone through the process and installed Kaspersky Total Security, he/she would find that the application will display the same group of six icons.
But now it will add two more icons to the list of six.
These two icons would represent the following features,
- Backup And Restore
- Password Manager
Kaspersky, as a security company, is very consistent across its product line as far as the presentation is concerned.
And similarly with Kaspersky Total Security users can see a status banner right at the top of the screen.
It is serene green when Kaspersky Total Security detects that the user’s configuration is appropriate.
But as soon as it detects an issue it turns into glaring red.
The status banner can also report recommendations.
Alongside those recommendations, it offers users a button if they want to know more details about those issues.
As far as the number of recommendations go, this mega Kaspersky Total Security security suite offers three of them after the user has completed the installation process.
The recommendations come in the form of,
- The application demanding the user to install the company’s password manager
- A message for the user to take advantage of the company’s parental control feature.
- A notification for the user to configure the backup system on offer.
Our research says that users would do well if they pay attention to two of the three recommendations.
Because these two are the ones that we consider as good advice.
In other words, we don’t want users to start configuring their parental control system.
Instead of doing that, users should first download and then install the company’s more effective and comprehensive Kaspersky Safe Kids.
Some Common Features
The Kaspersky Total Security includes each and every feature that users can find in Kaspersky Internet Security.
We will try to summarize those features so that we can stay as brief as humanly possible.
Then we’ll go into the details of what Kaspersky Total Security offers that is different.
We usually follow five good independent antivirus labs in order to evaluate security products.
And all of them include Kaspersky Total Security in their tests regarding the effectiveness of various security suites.
As far as scores go, Kaspersky Total Security manages to score almost perfect scores universally.
If someone asked us to come up with an aggregate score from those lab tests, we would put the score at around 9.8 out of a possible 10.
Remember, that this aggregate score is only from the list of five independent testing labs that we follow.
The only other security suite that can match this score is the Bitdefender Total Security suite.
Our research shows that Kaspersky Total Security doesn’t do quite as well when it comes to some hands-on but standard malware protection tests.
That is not to say that Kaspersky Total Security performs poorly.
It’s just that we did not find the results to be uniformly good.
Of course, whenever it comes to our research vs what the labs say, we always try to defer to the labs’ judgment.
Kaspersky Total Security does pretty well in any kind of anti-phishing tests.
It even beat Norton, the antiphishing touchstone, by a total of four percentage points.
That’s a lot.
The only other security product that can better Kaspersky Total Security scores is Bitdefender.
Kaspersky also has a System Watcher feature.
This feature basically supplements all the other layers of protection along with behavior-based detection.
The System Watcher feature also tracks all types of malware code.
But it is even better at implementing effective strategies against ransomware.
As far as test results ago, we found that the firewall feature managed to deflect many exploit attacks.
Probably more than any other recent security product.
The firewall feature comes with an application control system.
This system helps the user to manage application access to the user’s network and the user’s system resources.
And it does all of that without ever bothering the owner of the computer system.
Users also have the option of enabling the Trusted Applications mode.
This essentially bans the execution of those programs that haven’t made it to the official Kaspersky whitelist.
Kaspersky Total Security also checks the user’s computer system for various missing security patches.
When it finds some, it doesn’t wait.
It just applies those updates automatically.
In order to take care of issues such as spyware protection, Kaspersky includes a feature such as webcam control.
There is also an active Do Not Track feature.
Users can make use of this feature to keep advertising companies along with other snooping actors away from their surfing habits.
Then there is the Safe Money feature.
This is used to protect the user’s financial transactions.
After that, we come to the spam filter which is a pretty straightforward feature.
This feature looks for spam in the user’s IMAP and POP3 email accounts.
Kaspersky Total Security also comes with its proprietary parental control feature.
But the one that you can get in Kaspersky Internet Security is not really as complete or good as the one that you will see in Kaspersky Total Security.
The Kaspersky Total Security, as mentioned before, comes with a lot of bonus features.
Its a collection rather than a small list.
The Kaspersky Total Security actually shares some of its features with Kaspersky Anti-Virus standalone edition as well.
These common features include,
- VPN, which comes with a limit on bandwidth
- A privacy cleaner for users who want to wipe out all the traces of their web browser history and computer use.
- A Rescue Disk feature for users who want to clean persistent pieces of malware on their computer machines.
There are lots of other common features but we’ll stick with these for now.
Users are free to consume one of their licenses on their Mac machine.
You read that right.
Users can install Kaspersky Total Security as well as Kaspersky Internet Security on their Mac machines.
As far as Mac machines go, there is no antivirus product better than Kaspersky Internet Security for Mac.
The name should give users the suggestion that Kaspersky Internet Security is more of a security suite rather than a simple antivirus product only.
There is also Kaspersky Mobile Security suite for the Android platform.
Users can install this suite on their Android devices by consuming one of their licenses that came with their subscription package.
Needless to say, this Android package also contains protection against nasty malware.
The Android version of Kaspersky protection also comes with an on-demand scan feature.
Of course, you also have the industry standard real-time protection feature there as well.
The official Android application offers users with a complete range of anti-theft options.
These options include, the ability of the user to actually snap a mugshot of any person who tries to use the user’s device without prior permission.
Again, we would like to mention that all of the features that we have described so far are available via Kaspersky Total Security as well as Kaspersky Internet Security.
If you want a deeper dive into any of the shared features that we have described here then you are going to have to read the entry-level suite review.
What Is Kaspersky Safe Kids
We have already noted the fact that if the users accepts Kaspersky’s recommendations of turning on the parental control, the user will only get the basic version of the parental control system.
This is the same parental control system that users can subscribe to via the company’s entry-level suite.
Users who are serious about parental control apps should stay away from the basic version of parental control system that comes with Kaspersky Total Security.
Because the company gives you something better.
That something better is actually Kaspersky Safe Kids.
In order to install Kaspersky Safe kids, the user must make his/her way to My Kaspersky.
After accessing that page, the user should proceed to download the official and relevant installer for his/her iOS (or Android, Windows, macOS) device.
This is also a good time to mention that if you want to purchase Kaspersky Safe Kids separately from Kaspersky Total Security then you’ll have to fork out $14.99 per year.
However, as we have mentioned several times now, if you just purchase Kaspersky Total Security you’ll get Kaspersky Safe Kids for free.
Once the user has installed Kaspersky Safe kids, the application recommends to the user to launch the application’s online configuration process.
That makes it sound like the application is doing something offline as well as online.
But the truth is different.
The application does all of its work and take action online.
As far as the local agent goes, it only enforces the rules that the user has defined for each his/her child’s profile.
Then, the local agent moves forward by passing back all the monitoring information it has collected to the user’s online account.
For macOS and Windows device, users have to let Kaspersky Safe Kids know who is going to use the computer.
Users could be parents or kids or even both.
If the user decides to tell Kaspersky Safe Kids that kids use the particular computer in question then users will have to make a child profile for each child user account.
For Android and iOS devices, users will find that the same official app works for both kids and parents.
The Child Profile
Each given child profile starts with some text.
This text is actually a summary of all recent activity on the profile.
It includes information such as,
- Call history
- Text history
- Websites visited
- The time spent on the device
There are lots of other useful pieces of information available there as well.
Parents who want more detail can just click any given category to move ahead.
They can also choose other categories from the application’s menu that appears across the top of the application’s page.
When a user chooses to access a given category, the application shows the user all recent reports related to that category.
The application also shows the category’s settings.
The application also has an Internet page.
One this page, parents can enable and/or disable content filtering.
They can also take advantage of other options such as forcing safe search.
Parents also have the option of blocking or allowing any of the 14 available categories.
They can block them all.
Or they can choose to allow them but with a warning.
Other parental control suites such as ContentWatch Net Nanny can and do include options where users can have a warning message for a particular category instead of blocking it altogether.
And there aren’t that many parental control suites that offer this feature in their product lineup.
By default, Kaspersky Safe Kids-using parents will get an alert each and every time their child tries to log into or visit a website that belongs to a blocked category.
This alert can either come via the mobile application or via email.
Kaspersky Safe Kids also produces an alert for parents when the child ignores a website’s warning message.
Things have changed for Kaspersky Safe Kids since the last time we had a chance to review it in detail.
With this link, kids can actually request access to a particular website that they believe they should have access to.
Parents again have the choice of either accepting the request or rejecting it.
We have talked about the menu where parents get to see all the blocking choices.
Now we would like to mention that there are other additional categories which do a great job of displaying some good advice for Safe Kids parents on how to manage and handle any given category.
Think of them as snippets.
Snippets that give users parental advice.
These small notes appear throughout the whole official program.
These snippets also include useful links that users can click to access helpful articles.
According to the company, it hired professional psychologists to write these articles.
Parents who are using Kaspersky Total Security Safe Kids addon can also monitor the time that their child spends on a given device.
Safe Kids can monitor several devices as well.
Then if necessary, parents have the option of limiting that time.
For each of the child’s device, parents can select a particular daily limit.
The application also allows users to define a monthly and/or weekly schedule.
In other words, users can either set monthly limits, weekly limits or both.
Other features enable parents to actually block the use of any of the child’s device outside certain allowed times.
Parents can also use the option which simply warns the child when the child has used a given device for too long and needs to stop.
Kaspersky Safe Kids takes a very considerate approach if parents do eventually decide to block a child’s device.
It doesn’t just go ahead and blocks the device.
First, it launches an official warning message in the form of a countdown.
After that countdown has reached zero, it blocks any device access.
As mentioned just now, Kaspersky has introduced new features to Kaspersky Safe Kids since the last time we reviewed it.
Now parents actually have the ability to adjust any type of time schedule from within the official mobile app.
They can also do the same with the Safe Kids’ online web portal.
As far as application control goes, it varies across various other platforms.
If we’re talking about default settings, the Kaspersky automatically blocks apps and sites that it considers inappropriate for the child’s tender age.
Kaspersky Safe Kids, on the iOS platform, does a terrific job of simply wiping out all age-inappropriate apps from the device’s home screen.
Apart from the iOS platform, Safe Kids allows parents to block any access to any application that may exist in any category on all major platforms.
Moreover, parents can also block the child’s access to individual applications.
Safe Kids’ Social networking monitoring feature is quite unique.
It is unique in the sense that it is platform-independent.
Parents who have a problem with their child using social networking sites without oversight can send an email where they ask the child to install the official social network monitoring app in VK, or VKontakte, and/or Facebook.
For those who don’t know, VK is also a social networking website that has a huge presence in Europe.
And as with most, if not all, such features, access to anything only becomes possible once the child’s cooperation is verified.
When the child has installed the app and the app has everything it needs to do its work, then parents get access to a full view of all the posts their child has made or makes.
The iOS and Android devices allow Kaspersky Safe Kids parents to click a button in order to see their child’s location at any given time.
This is a pretty common feature with most parental control software applications.
Similarly, parents can also define allowed areas with a feature known as geofencing.
Kaspersky Safe Kids tries to give users more though.
Like beyond more.
It gives users advanced options such as the ability to associate each particular allowed area with its related days and times.
Parents using Safe Kids could, to take an example, set rules that their child must be present in the school taking classes during school hours.
They could also set rules which would have their child spend like an hour at the local library after school.
After that, they could do something similar to when the child comes back home in order to make him study for an hour or so.
Needless to say, the app sends parents a notification if it detects that the child has left a given allowed area.
This brings us to one final core feature.
And that is, text and call monitoring.
As anyone would tell you, this is important.
So it doesn’t make much sense why Kaspersky would only have this feature on Safe Kids for Android devices.
When parents enable this feature, it starts to log all texts and calls.
Parents can fine tune their control even more by flagging particular contacts as monitored.
They can do so by either inputting the contact’s number directly to the app or by selecting the particular number from the device’s call history.
When this is set right, parents get a notification as soon as the device communicates with the specificated monitored contact.
As we have mentioned before, most security suites cannot even come close to offering the same kind of parental control application that Kaspersky Safe Kids offers.
As far as the iPhone is concerned, Kaspersky Safe Kids is actually our Editors Pick for parents who are looking for a great iPhone parental control app.
Kaspersky Password Manager.
This is another advanced feature that comes with Kaspersky Total Security.
Just like Kaspersky Safe Kids, this feature is also available as a separate product.
Users will have to shell out $29.99 per year to purchase Kaspersky Password Manager on its own.
Since our last review of Kaspersky Password Manager, it hasn’t evolved appreciably.
So that means, while Kaspersky Password Manager has the ability of performing the basic tasks required of a password manager, we can’t really call it a standout product.
Because it is not.
Our research shows that users may run into infrequent odd experiences when trying to install this particular component.
Sometimes you’ll click the button for installation and will see the installer showing you a message instead of installing the software.
The message would inform you that the installer could not proceed because the user’s computer had a certain Microsoft update missing.
And don’t expect much for shooting off a help note to the company’s tech support.
Because they won’t help you much.
The best you can expect from them is some advice about how you should contact Microsoft rather than Kaspersky.
In any case, you should try to verify if you actually do have the specific update installed on your computer system.
When Kaspersky support staff do send you that unimpressive response, you should just ignore it.
And then try to find out a solution on your own.
Our research for this Kaspersky Total Security review shows that all you have to do to get rid of the error message is to simply hit the Ignore button.
When users use the installer to get the Password Manager app, the installer will automatically do two things.
First, it will install the Kaspersky browser plug into the user’s browsers including,
- Internet Explorer
Then it will do the same with Yandex.
Users should consider this act as a nod to the company’s Russian origins.
The default settings are as such that the Password Manager important all user passwords that their web browser has stored.
Then it turns off all types of automatic password capture on part of the web browser.
For Google Chrome, Kaspersky Password Manager does come with simple instructions on how users can manually turn off automatic capture.
Now, since the last time we had a chance to take a look at Kaspersky Password Manager, the company has added at least one feature.
That feature is a new ability for users with which they can import data from other web browsers even after they have finished the initial installation process.
Users can even import data from other password managers such as,
- Norton Identity Safe
After the installation process, users have the option of logging in to their official My Kaspersky account.
Then they have to create their master password.
This master password is separate (and hopefully different) from the user’s account password.
Once at the My Kaspersky screen, users are free to install the company’s official password manager.
They can also sync data from their other devices using platforms such as,
There is another new feature since we last looked at Kaspersky password manager.
Now users can utilize Touch ID in order to authenticate their credentials on macOS and iOS devices.
Users also have the facility of viewing and then managing their password manager data from the company’s online web portal.
How Does It Work?
When users try to log in to specific and secure sites, Kaspersky Password Manager jumps up and offers the user to store related credentials.
Once the user does that, it automatically fills those specific credentials the next time users tries to log in to the same site.
Users who have saved multiple login details for one website can actually click the key icon to get help.
This key icon resides just beside the username field on any given site.
From the resulting menu, users can pick which credential they want to use for the site.
Users can also take advantage of the option of clicking the web browser toolbar button.
This will show them another menu which would show the users all their saved sites.
All of this is pretty much the standard way password managers usually work.
But the real work does not begin unless and until the password manager has stored all of the user’s passwords.
We advise users to update and then strengthen each of their weak passwords.
Moreover, they should also do something about their strong passwords that they use on multiple websites.
But there is something else that isn’t as obvious.
It is the fact that Kaspersky password manager now has a feature or rather a tool which helps users to change their weak passwords.
All that the user has to go is go to the Kaspersky Password Manager application.
And then click on that little menu icon which appears in the bottom corner of their application screen.
After clicking it, users should choose the option that says Show password problems.
When users finish that step, the application will now show a warning icon next to each and every password that has problems the next time the user views all his passwords.
Of course, the warning icon is just that, a warning icon.
It is nothing if we compare it to the full-scale and comprehensive security report that Keeper offers.
Other password managers offer something similar as well.
The Kaspersky Password Manager is actually light years behind fully automated password changer tools such as those of LogMeOnce Password Management Suite Ultimate.
Or even some of the other good password managers such as,
But at least Kaspersky has made the effort and started its journey towards that goal.
When users come to a stage where they want to create a new account and/or want to improve their weak passwords, they can just call up Kaspersky password generator for help.
All they have to do is click on the web browser’s toolbar menu.
This feature, as it turns out, is also new since the last time we came across Kaspersky Password Manager.
Or even Kaspersky Total Security.
The default settings ensure that the Kaspersky password manager creates a 12-character random password.
It also uses all types of characters to come up with stronger passwords.
This length is slightly less than what Bitdefender’s Wallet password manager offers.
By default, it creates 15-character passwords.
We recommend users to actually raise the final length of created passwords in Kaspersky password generator to at least 16 characters.
It is better if users go for even greater lengths.
Users should also note that if they do change the length, they will have to do so everytime they want to generate a password.
Because the change in length modification doesn’t stick.
Similar to what many other password managers do, the Kaspersky password manager also offers users to fill their personal data directly into web forms.
Users can create one or even multiple identities.
And then fill in those identities with as much relevant data as they can.
Kaspersky doesn’t always blast users with billions and billions and billions of data fields.
It only asks the user for basic stuff initially.
Then it gives the users options to expand the actual list of available fields.
Should they choose to do so, users can separately input details related to one or more credit/debit cards.
They can even store bank account details for each given identity.
The first time we came across Kaspersky Password Manager as a standalone product a little while back, we came to know after a lot of head-scratching and resolve-testing research that this form-filling feature from Kaspersky simply refused to work on machines with Windows on them.
Some other users might have experienced something similar back then.
If you contacted a Kaspersky representative back then, they would have probably verified the problem.
But instead of giving you the problem, they probably told you that the company had a fix ready to roll out in the following update.
Of course, that fix never materialized.
Our research shows that Kaspersky tech support simply does not want to admit this basic fact.
You’ll do well to not waste hours of your time with Kaspersky agents on live chat.
Because no matter how many times you request time with simple language and ask their agents for a simple URL which would verify that their form-filling works or not, they wouldn’t give you much.
You are better off ending any chat sessions with them right now.
Because in the end, they will tell you without much obfuscation that they could not supply you with any kind of URL which would state a form-filling fix clearly.
Such an experience always leaves a bad impression on users.
And in the end, it hurts no one except the password manager and of course the actual Kaspersky customer support team.
The Kaspersky Password Manager does have features which handle applications passwords very well.
This is something that you won’t find in many other competitors in the field.
Users are free to use the Kaspersky password manager to create and then sync their secure notes.
For example, they could store padlock combinations safely via Kaspersky.
Kaspersky password manager works almost identically on the macOS platform as well.
But users will need to give up all other web browsers apart from the proprietary web browser in order to experience the full functionality of the password manager.
From an overall perspective, the Kaspersky password manager isn’t anything exceptional.
It is a standard password manager that does the job well enough.
Of course, you can’t say the same for its form filling abilities.
Our recommendation would be to forget about using Kaspersky password manager.
And go with some other better options such as LastPass as your free password manager.
Backup And Restore
The ultimate form of online (and otherwise) security is for the user to back up his/her files regularly.
There is always a chance that a natural disaster or a ransomware attack may destroy a particular user’s files.
The only way to recover from such an incident is to have backups.
To help users combating this problem, Kaspersky offers them a simple and straightforward backup system.
This backup system enables users to create as many online backup jobs as they like or need for online and/or local backup.
Other security suites apart from Kaspersky Total Security, like Webroot SecureAnywhere Internet Security Complete and Symantec Norton Security Program both, come with 25GB of good hosted backup services online.
And because of the fact that these security suites themselves control and secure the online storage, they can actually offer users some advanced features.
Advanced features such as,
- Remote access
- File syncing
The likes of Panda and Norton, along with some others as well, do let users share secure links with time limits to their backed-up folders and files.
With Kaspersky, the situation is a bit different.
It doesn’t offer any hosting service.
So users have to supply the service with an online backup storage service on his/her own.
That’s easy enough.
Just use something like Google Drive or Dropbox to get going.
Because Kaspersky doesn’t have its own storage service it doesn’t offer users some of the advanced backup features that we have mentioned above.
How To Install Backup And Restore
A Kaspersky wizard helps users who want to walk through the initial steps of creating their first backup job.
The process starts off by asking the user what to back up.
There is a default option as well.
If the user goes with the default option then Kaspersky back up almost everything.
From Desktop folders to Documents.
Instead of that, users can also choose any all other types of content such as,
- Audio files
If that doesn’t sound interesting then users can also put together their own set of files or folders for Kaspersky to backup.
As noted before, users can easily store their backup folders and files on services such as Dropbox.
All that the user needs to do in order to get the process rolling is to give Kaspersky permission to use one’s official Dropbox account.
Kaspersky also furnishes users with the ability to select their own backup storage destination such as,
- Local backups
- Remote backups
- Remove drive backups
Genuine techies can even go so far to store their backups on a specific FTP server.
The default settings enable Kaspersky backups to run on-demand.
But users can change those settings and set a schedule for backing up their files and folders regularly.
The Kaspersky scheduler can handle monthly, weekly and daily backups.
In fact, it even allows users to back up every weekend day or every weekday.
How Do I Restore From A Backup?
It is a really simple process.
Users can restore all their folders and files.
They can also restore selected files.
Kaspersky can even restore earlier versions of a given file.
They can push the restored data to its original location.
Or if that doesn’t work for you, it can even restore files to a new location.
The official Kaspersky backup system is the same as we saw it last year.
In other words, it hasn’t gone through many changes.
Perhaps the reason is it doesn’t have many bells and whistles, to begin with.
So there is less room for change than other backup services.
Just like Kaspersky password manager, this backup service gets the job fairly well done.
But it can’t stand against some of the best dedicated online backup storage services available in the market today.
Other Tools Including Data Encryption
Kaspersky also has an encryption system.
This isn’t something unique because other security suites including,
- ESET Smart Security Premium
also happen to offer encryption systems.
Kaspersky’s creates those virtual disk drives that we usually call vaults.
Users can hold their sensitive files in these vaults.
When you open up a vault, it usually behaves the same way as any other drive would.
On the other hand, when you lock the vault, it is impossible to access the contents of the vault.
Kaspersky breaks away from the pack by focusing on user files that they want to protect in addition to the process of vault creation.
After the user has finished the first step, the user has to create a password as well.
Kaspersky uses that password to encrypt the vault.
The official application warns the user about the password.
Mainly that if the user forgets the password, he/she can’t get his/her files back.
But you can’t just choose any password you like.
The password must go beyond six characters.
And the password has to contain capital letters.
That is in addition to the requirement of having small letters and numbers in your password.
Kaspersky helps users in ensuring that their password is strong enough by rating password strength.
The process continues while the user types out his/her password.
It then goes ahead to check off all the requirements that the user has met.
There is one final step as well.
And perhaps it is the smartest step of them all.
Kaspersky asks the users to take the unencrypted originals of their sensitive folders and files and then put them through the shredder.
That way, even if one uses forensic recovery tools on the machine, the sensitive files can’t come back to life.
The default settings ensure that the shredder overwrites the data area of the file with zeros.
Then it does the same with random bills.
This is, for most users, sufficient.
But for users who are obsessed with scrubbing their data really hard, Kaspersky has the file shredder app that they can open.
Once open, users can select from more than half-a-dozen algorithms to do the shredding.
Our research shows that most of these algorithms are military-approved.
Before we end the feature section of our Kaspersky Total Security review, there is one more tool that counts as bonus tool which we would like to talk about.
And it is a tool that Kaspersky does not include in the company’s entry-level suite.
If you don’t dig for it, you can’t find it.
The first thing you have to do to find this tool is to click the button that says More Tools.
You can find this button on the app’s main window.
Then click the link which tells you something like “show 6 more”.
After that, click the option that says Unused Data Cleaner.
As the name suggests, this tool is handy when you want to scan for temp files.
It also scans for,
- Cache files
- Other types of data that the user does not need any more
After scanning it organizes its actions into additional, recommended and strongly recommended.
By default, all actions that fall into the first two categories are checked.
Users who have sufficient technical know-how can go ahead and tweak the default settings.
If the user clicks the button that says Next, the Data Cleaner makes all the unnecessary data go boom.
Kaspersky Total Security: Complete Coverage At A Price
What’s the real value of any given security mega-suite?
Well, we can tell you that it lies somewhere in the number of features that the security suite offers beyond what corresponding entry-level suite offers.
In Kaspersky Total Security case, it is true that the company’s entry-level suite Kaspersky Internet Security does offer a large number of security features which are very effective.
It also comes with cross-platform support and security.
Kaspersky Total Security comes with features that are greater in number but they don’t really measure up well.
Kaspersky Total Security comes with the parental control component.
And as we have mentioned it is excellent.
But again, we don’t know how many people would want such a feature.
There is the backup component as well.
It doesn’t include things such as online hosting for the user’s archives.
You have to provide that service yourself.
The other significant feature of Kaspersky Total Security is the password manager.
And it is, when compared to LastPass and 1Password, broken.
In fact, it has remained broken for the better part of a full year.
This is also something that we have pointed out before.
The real troubling part is that Kaspersky Total Security technical support team doesn’t really know that this fault is present in the company’s password manager.
And how can we not mention the price?
The price is too much when we compare it to what other security suites are offering.
You look at McAfee LiveSafe and you’ll see a security suite offering protection for all of the user’s devices in the user’s household.
It also comes with cross-platform multi-device support.
And it is our best recommendation.
There is also Symantec Norton Security Premium.
This security suite gives users an award-winning protection.
And it offers that for up to 10 user devices.
Moreover, it comes with 25GB of hosted storage for the user’s online backups.
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