F-Secure Internet Security

Company
F-Secure GmbH
Version
2014
Devices supported
Computer
Operating system
Windows 7
Windows 8
Windows Vista
Windows XP
Price *
34.95 €
Language of interface
chinese, czech, danish, dutch, english, estonian, french, german, greek, hungarian, italian, japanese, norwegian, polish, portuguese, romanian, russian, slovanian, spanish, suomi, swedish, turkish
Test date
SIP Bench III, 3rd test cycle, Summer 2014

*Prices might change according to the latest company offers

EFFECTIVENESS

The overall effectiveness score is good on adult content and very weak on other harmful content.
There is no major difference in effectiveness between teenagers and children.
There is no major difference in effectiveness between web and web 2.0.
There is no major difference in effectiveness among the different languages.
Effectiveness score with adult content filtering for users up to 12 year old: 3.0
Effectiveness score with other harmful content filtering for users up to 12 year old: 0.0
Effectiveness score with adult content filtering for users 13 years and older: 3.0
Effectiveness score with other harmful content filtering for users 13 years and older: 0.0
Effectiveness score for users up to 12 year old: 1.5 out of 4 points
Effectiveness score for users 13 years and older: 1.5 out of 4 points


USABILITY

Installation of the tool: The installation process is well comprehensible. The installer does not provide advanced options, except for the choice of language. A loading indicator shows the progress of the installation process. The overall design is appealing.
Configuration of the tool: The tool is embedded in a security suite, but only the parental control features were subject of this test. The configuration process is generally comprehensible and easy to learn, but context sensitive explanations are missing at some points, especially with regard to the filtering categories. The process is mostly consistent and generally meets users' expectations. There are barely any options to individualize or influence the process. The overall design is functional.
Usage of the tool: The tool provides a redirect to the start page when a website has been blocked, but these are mainly addressed to parents and not to children. The alert message cannot be customized, but it is generally adequate. The reporting function is not available.

Usability of the installation process: 3.1
Usability of the configuration process: 2.9
Usability of the usage of the product: 3.0


Overall score for usability: 2.9 out of 4 points


FUNCTIONALITY

The Parental Control tool is part of an all-in-one security suite. On the Parental Control side F-Secure provides the possible to create a filtering profile for each windows account. Social Networks can be blocked by the function safe profile. Safe Search is available for the most important search engines. The parents can choose to block or allow selected categories. Furthermore the user can indicate, block and allow specific URLs. The parents can choose time-limit for children’s usage of the web.


SECURITY

The low rate results from the possibility for the user to reach a blocked website through translation sites.
Overall score for security: 1 out of 4 points


DETAILED FUNCTIONALITY

Area of needFunctionalitySpecific issuesAssessment
Management Management of User profiles Create several profiles Yes
Remote Management Manage on various devices No
Monitoring Remote access to monitoring No
Filtering Customisation Topics Customisation of Filtering Topics Yes
URLs White List Restrict Browsing to White List Yes
Default White List No
Modification OR Creation Yes
URLs Black List Creation of User's own Black List Yes
Keywords Keywords Default Black List No
Default White List No
Creation of a User's Black List No
Creation of a User's White List No
Time Time Limit Settings Set a specific time frame or web access duration Yes
Blocking Message Type Ask for unblocking by parents No
Redirect to safe resources Yes
Usage Restriction Web Block Access Yes
Monitor Access No
Safe search Availability Yes
Social Networks Block Access Yes
Monitor Usage No
Personal data Provision Block No
Streaming Block Access No
Monitor Access No
P2P Block the application No
Monitor Downloads No
Skype Block chat No
Block video chat No
Monitor No
Prevent new Contact No
Windows Life Messenger Block chat No
Block video chat No
Monitor No
Prevent new Contact No
Email Block email client and/or webmail access No

DETAILED USABILITY FINDINGS


Yes / No
I: installation in 3 steps or lessNo
I: choice of installation for beginners or advanced usersNo

C: different degrees of strength for the filteringNo
C: different content criteria for the filteringYes
C: option to transfer filter configurations between target usersNo
C: option to transfer filter configurations between devicesNo
C: overall comprehensible configurationYes
C: overall conformity with user expectationsYes
C: overall easy to learnYes

U: alert message in a child friendly languageYes
U: option to customise the reaction in case of blockingNo
U: overall easily operable and comprehensible reportingYes

DETAILED SECURITY FINDINGS

The Tool prevents the user from by-passing the filter by:Yes / No
Using the IP address instead of the URLYes
Using an alternative browserYes
Changing time and date settings*Yes
Disabling or uninstalling the software without a password*Yes
Closing the filtering tool trough the Task ManagerYes
Using a proxy instead of a direct connection to the InternetYes
Accessing the web-pages through the Google CacheNo
Reaching a website through translation sitesNo
Renaming a blocked applicationn/a
Using Safe ModeNo
Filtering Content personalised by userNo
Filtering Content evolving through timeNo
Filtering Multimedia contentNo
Filtering outbound contentNo


Funded by
Logo: EUEuropean Commission


Partners:
Cybion Online Business Intelligence

Stiftung Digitale Chancen

coordinated by:
Innova - Technology Transfer and Valorisation



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