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F-Secure Internet Security

F-Secure GmbH
Devices supported
Operating system
Windows 10
Windows 7
Windows 8
Windows Vista
Windows XP
Price *
49.90 €
Language of interface
bulgarian, chinese, czech, danish, dutch, english, estonian, french, german, greek, hungarian, italian, japanese, latvian, norwegian, polish, portuguese, romanian, russian, slovanian, spanish, suomi, swedish, turkish
Test date
SIP Bench III, 4th test cycle, Summer 2016

*Prices might change according to the latest company offers


Effectiveness score for users up to 12 year old: 2.2 out of 4 points
Effectiveness score for users 13 years and older: 2.2 out of 4 points


Installation of the tool: The tool is embedded in a security suite, but only the parental control features were subject of this test. The installation is quick and easy to understand. The user is guided by online help and context-sensitive explanations. A loading indicator shows the progress of the installation process. Browser extensions need to be installed separately and require a device reboot.
Configuration of the tool: The configuration process is in general 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 is functional.
Usage of the tool: The tool provides a redirect to safe search page when a website has been blocked and also offers the possibility to ask for unblocking. The reporting function is very basic.

Usability of the installation process: 3.0
Usability of the configuration process: 2.7
Usability of the usage of the product: 2.4

Overall score for usability: 2.7 out of 4 points


The F-Secure Internet Security is part of an all-in-one security suite. On the Parental Control side F-Secure provides the possibility to create a filtering profile for each Windows account. Content can be blocked via categories. Furthermore, the user can indicate, block and allow specific URLs. Safe Search is available for the most important search engines. Parents can specify time frames for children’s usage of the web.


Access to harmful content throught Google translate, and web cache sites.
Uninstalled without asking credentials or pin.
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 Yes
Creation of a User's White List Yes
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 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


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

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 languageNo
U: option to customise the reaction in case of blockingNo
U: overall easily operable and comprehensible reportingNo


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*No
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 applicationYes
Using Safe ModeYes
Filtering Content personalised by usern/a
Filtering Content evolving through timen/a
Filtering Multimedia contentn/a
Filtering outbound contentn/a

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