Kaspersky is one of the world’s best-known antivirus companies, trusted by millions of people. But from 2015, there were questions about Kaspersky’s data collection practices.
Western media outlets claimed that Kaspersky had replaced staff members with Russian government employees, and that Russian hackers had used Kaspersky to steal US intelligence data. A few years ago, US government departments even banned the use of Kaspersky’s software on staff computers.
The scandal hurt Kaspersky badly. The company denies all these allegations, and it has taken steps to improve its transparency — for example, by moving large parts of its network out of Russia.
So the question many people are asking is:
- Is Kaspersky safe to use?
Here’s the answer:
- Yes, but…
In terms of malware and virus protection, Kaspersky is one of the strongest out there. It comes with some nice extra features, and it’s really easy to use. But before you use this product, there are a few important things you should know about Kaspersky’s “Cloud Protection” feature.
I’ve given Kaspersky a fair and in-depth review, focusing on how well it protects against malware, what extra features it offers, and how Kaspersky uses your data. Here’s what I found.
Kaspersky Antivirus Security Features
- Kaspersky Anti-Virus is a basic antivirus product for Windows. It offers real-time and on-demand protection against all types of malware, including viruses, spyware, and ransomware.
- Kaspersky Internet Security adds support for Mac and mobile, plus extra protection against cybercrime such as phishing scams and credit card theft.
- Kaspersky Total Security is Kaspersky’s top-of-the-range plan. It includes bonus features such as a password manager and parental controls.