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F-Secure Internet Security

F-Secure GmbH
Devices supported
Operating system
Windows 7
Windows 8
Windows Vista
Windows XP
Price *
34.95 €
Language of interface
danish, dutch, english, french, italian, norwegian, portuguese, spanish, suomi, swedish
Test date
SIP Bench III, 1st test cycle, Summer 2013

*Prices might change according to the latest company offers


The overall effectiveness score is weak 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


Installation of the tool: The installation process is well comprehensible. The installer does not provide advanced options and cannot be influenced with regard to kind or amount of information, except for the language. The process is consistent, but it does not fully meet users' expectations, e.g. there is no remaining time displayed. The overall design is based on the operating system only.
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 individualise or influence the process. The overall design could be optimized at some points.
Usage of the tool: The tool provides a few options to react, when a website has been blocked, but these are mainly addressed to parents and not to children. The alert message cannot be customised, but it is generally adequate. The reporting is slightly incomprehensible, especially with regard to symbols for the filter categories.

Usability of the installation process: 2.3
Usability of the configuration process: 2.5
Usability of the usage of the product: 2.1

Overall score for usability: 2.4 out of 4 points


The Parental Control tool is part of an all-in-one security suite: Protection against viruses, spyware, and other internet threats that can harm users’ PC.
On the Parental Control side F-Secure provides the possible to create a filtering profile for each windows user.
Social Networks can be blocked and Save Search is available.
The parent can indicate specific URLs to be blocked (creation of a black list) or allowed (creation of a white list) by the filter despites the selected categories to be blocked/al lowed.
The parents can time-limit the children’s usage of the web.
Streaming can be blocked by blacklisting the specific sites, but there is not a specific category to be blocked.


The tool resisted to the main hacking attempts to by-pass it.
Overall score for security: 1 out of 4 points


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 No
Usage Restriction Web Block Access Yes
Monitor Access Yes
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


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 learnNo

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


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

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