I know many of you hear us geeky types talk about the importance of internet security and may roll your eyes, but it really is very important. I also know that it can get very complicated to figure out what programs you need, which ones are the best ones to use, and how you actually use it. On many of my computers I use Norton 360 and am very pleased with it overall, however I was given the chance to try out Kaspersky Internet Security 2011 by Family Review Network and wanted to give it a try because I have been hearing wonderful things about it from TheOnlineMom.com and I respect her opinions. It’s also National Cyber Security Awareness month!

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While Kaspersky does have a stand-alone anti-virus product, I strongly encourage all of you to use a suite product (regardless of brand). A suite not only will have your much needed anti-virus protection, but it will also help guard you against identity theft, malware programs, software vulnerability exploits, and much more. I find that the suite products are easier for most folks to use also since it will all be in one format and it is designed to all work together.

kaspersky boxNow about Kaspersky Internet Security 2011: There was nothing overly difficult about installing the product. As always though, if you are currently using another anti-virus and/or security suite you need to fully uninstall the old before installing the new one. These programs do not play nicely with each other – that is across the board, not a Kaspersky thing. I would say the installation of Kaspersky was a bit simpler than Norton 360 even – just fewer steps and questions. The programs are a bit slow on startup of your computer, but nothing I can’t deal with. After getting up and running though it isn’t sucking down a lot of system resources and continually slowing down my system – that is an issue with many security suites so I was glad Kaspersky had passed the test on this one. (I’m saving you all the geek mumbo-jumbo of actual numbers – the gist is it works well). While I’m not a “desktop gadget” person actually, many are and this has one for you to use. You can easily see your status and you can quickly drag and drop any file you want it to scan onto the gadget – that is a very user friendly way to approach scanning. The suite does contain parental controls that block content you don’t want your kids to see, keeps kids from sharing things like phone numbers, account numbers, street address, etc. You also have the ability to set time limits for the kids (or yourself). Another nice feature is the Safe Run which lets you run programs you aren’t sure of or websites, etc. in an even more secure way. The reason is so that you can use them but those programs don’t have the ability to change your computer settings or get to your other data at all. I know that for Taylor this is really helpful. He is really into trying out various utility tools on his computers, but some of them he isn’t quite so sure about yet and this will save him a lot of headaches.

Overall a definite thumbs up for Kaspersky Internet Security 2011. The price is good as well – it is just $79.95 for a 1 year license that is good on up to 3 PCs. You can visit Kaspersky.com for more details, like Kaspersky on Facebook, or follow @Kaspersky on Twitter as well.

I also wanted to share with you these great tips from Kaspersky & TheOnlineMom – read these, do these, share these!

10 cyber safety tips

The Giveaway: One lucky reader will win Kaspersky Internet Security 2011 which you can install on 3 different computers!

Required Entry: Leave a comment telling me which of the 10 tips above was new to you OR which  one of these tips do you know that a friend is NOT doing and needs to know? Winners notified by mail only, so make sure I have a way of accessing your email address when you comment.

Extra Entries: The following are all extra things you can do for more entries. Leave an additional comment for each thing you do to earn extra entries.

  • Visit Kaspersky.com and tell me what feature of Internet Security 2011 (from the feature chart on their site) you would find most helpful?
  • Subscribe via email to my feed and then leave a comment letting me know you have done so. If you are already a subscriber, let me know that in the comment instead. Subscribe to Robyn’s Online World by Email
  • Follow @RobynsWorld & @Kaspersky on Twitter and send a tweet about the giveaway. You can do this one time per day. Leave a direct link to your tweet (instructions here) in your comment for an extra entry for each tweet. Here is a tweet you can use (or make your own):
    Tweet ThisWin Kaspersky Internet Security 2011 and protect up to 3 PCs in your home – from @Kaspersky and @RobynsWorld http://bit.ly/bWNYrl
  • Share my giveaway on your own blog. Please don’t copy and paste my entire post though. Leave a comment with a direct link to the post on your blog
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Rules: Only one of each entry method listed per person/family/household. No entering on behalf of others, using extra identities or others identities, no automated program entries, etc. If I catch you cheating you will be banned from this and all of my future giveaways! This giveaway is only open to those in the USA and CANADA, ages 18+. All entries must be received by 11:59 pm Central Time on Thursday, October 28, 2010. I will pick a winner and email them and they have 48 hours to claim the prize. If no response, I will pick a new winner. Good luck!

Disclosure: I received a free copy of the program to use for review from Kaspersky. The opinions are strictly my own. Kaspersky is also providing the giveaway prize.
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