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what is the best security suite?

Avast Ultimate, AVG Internet Security, Avira Prime, Bitdefender Total Security, Eset Internet Security, F-Secure Safe, G Data Total Security, Kaspersky Total Security, McAfee Total Protection, Norton 360 Premium, Trend Micro Maximum Security These security suites pretend to defend better than Windows 10 your PC, but also your data, your digital life and your mobility, with more or less success.

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The years go by and there is no beginning of lull on the front of online threats. The more so as these are always quieter, sneaky and universal, affecting computers, smartphones, tablets and other connected objects.

The run-off will therefore have been marked by devastating ransomware campaigns affecting Windows, macOS and Android mobiles, but also by new risks such as the exploitation of personal information for political purposes or the infection of web pages by Bitcoin miners consuming all the power of our machines. to enrich the crypto wallets of cybercriminals

The best security suites in 2020

Like every year, we have long evaluated and compared the best security suites from the main publishers. Our data come from three evaluation laboratories: AV-TEST in Germany, AV-Comparatives in Austria and SE Labs in England. Each laboratory regularly tests the main antivirus products for their ability to detect and eradicate zero-day malware and other threats.

If Windows 10 has considerably increased its defensive arsenal at the same time, its protections remain essentially focused on the PC and its files. However, users are now longing for truly universal shields protecting their privacy, data, and online activities for all household members and for all the devices they use. This is the role and the interest of a security suite in 2020.

If you prefer to opt for a free antivirus, do not hesitate to consult our complete guide: Free antivirus: which is better?

Verdict:

This new edition of Kaspersky Total Security retains all the qualities of previous editions, but does not really correct any of the faults previously noted and does not bring radically new features. It therefore does not significantly change our general perception of the product and does not influence our overall ranking. Kaspersky's security suite remains an excellent choice, especially considering its ability to detect and eradicate threats.

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Number of devices Monthly subscription Anti-malware Firewall Parental control Central console Password management Backup VPN
10
No
Yes
Yes
PC, macOS, iOS, Android
Yes (web)
PC, macOS, iOS, Android
Yes (via Dropbox, 2 GB)
Limit (200 MB / day per device)

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Verdict:

Little different from the latest editions of Norton Security Premium, Norton 360 Premium remains one of the most user-friendly, efficient and family-friendly suites on the market. The editor continues to take care of his parental control as well as the mobile protections which move faster than the PC protection. A product that we highly recommend, whatever the user profile.

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Number of devices Monthly subscription Anti-malware Firewall Parental control Central console Password management Backup VPN
10
No
Yes
Yes (PC, Mac)
PC, macOS, iOS, Android
Yes (web)
PC, macOS, iOS, Android
Yes, in the cloud (75 GB)
Secure VPN (up to 10 PCs, Macs, smartphones or tablets)

Technical sheet
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Verdict:

Too expensive, the ESET Internet Security suite is not rich enough in functionalities to be well placed in front of a competition which multiplies the modules and displays more accessible prices. A Smart Premium version is available, with among other things the management and storage of passwords, but it is even more expensive! His fans still appreciate the advanced settings and the total control offered over all detected incidents. And they are right. Fast and effective, protection can be recommended with eyes closed, especially those with small PCs with limited memory and sluggish processors. A good atypical product, but too expensive.

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Number of devices Monthly subscription Anti-malware Firewall Parental control Central console Password management Backup VPN
5
No
Yes
Yes
PC
No
No
No
No

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Verdict:

Very complete, the Bitdefender Total Security suite remains a safe value and one of the best offers on the market. The last edition remains in conformity with the previous one with the same qualities and the few rare same defects. Certain defenses have been strengthened, in particular to better fight against ransomware, protect iOS devices and protect your Wi-Fi connections. And its quality / price ratio should win your support.

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Number of devices Monthly subscription Anti-malware Firewall Parental control Central console Password management Backup VPN
10
No
Yes
Yes
PC, macOS, iOS, Android
Yes (web)
Yes (PC)
No
Limit (200 MB / day)

Technical sheet
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The 10 Golden Rules of Internet Security

Verdict:

By launching its Prime lt 2017 offer, Avira was the first publisher to offer its security suite as a real service that we pay every month (9.95 euros per month for 5 devices) and that we can interrupt at any time. The suite offers an excellent level of protection and many modules which unfortunately lack a bit of unity. But this new 2020 formula, truly multi-device, does not remain less effective and very attractive

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Number of devices Monthly subscription Anti-malware Firewall Parental control Central console Password management Backup VPN
5
Yes (9.95 euros per month for 5 devices)
Yes
No
No
Yes
PC, iOS, Android
No
Yes (500 MB / month)

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Verdict:

Avast has made AVG its low cost brand. Suddenly, this AVG Internet Security is also effective defense but much more accessible than the Premium Security offer from Avast while offering an annual subscription that covers 10 devices (PC, Mac, Android). AVG Internet Security proves to be a solid and well-placed offer in terms of value for money. The level of its anti-phishing defense remains to improve, however, and we regret the absence of any parental control.

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Number of devices Monthly subscription Anti-malware Firewall Parental control Central console Password management Backup VPN
10
No
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
No
No
No

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Verdict:

Friendly and full of good ideas, Trend Micro Maximum Security is a suite recommended for nophytes and all those who, having a fairly wise activity on the Internet, are looking for a simple, practical, discreet and clever tool. We like the originality of certain shields like the anti-ransomware or the scanner of your confidentiality. A good product, friendly and original.

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Number of devices Monthly subscription Anti-malware Firewall Parental control Central console Password management Backup VPN
5
No
Yes
No
Yes
No
PC, macOS, iOS, Android
No
No

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Verdict:

In 2020, we expect a suite to protect the whole home and the whole family, not just a PC. Avast is just beginning to understand this, with a Premium Security offer finally available in multi-device edition, unlike its Ultimate offer, which always limits a PC. Its offer is much too oriented on the defense of a Windows computer, which it also does very well. If we welcome the fully integrated approach, with VPN and efficient optimization, this Avast Premium Security appears to us to be poorly positioned with an unreasonable price compared to the competition.

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Number of devices Monthly subscription Anti-malware Firewall Parental control Central console Password management Backup VPN
10
No
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
PC, macOS, iOS, Android
No
No

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Verdict:

F-Secure Safe is a multiplatform security suite that seeks to protect PC, Mac and Android and iOS mobile devices. Sober and pleasant to use, the suite is very effective in protecting the PC, but offers too little for the asking price. A Total version offering among other things a VPN is available, but an even higher price.

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Number of devices Monthly subscription Anti-malware Firewall Parental control Central console Password management Backup VPN
5
No
Yes
No
PC, iOS, Android
Yes
No
No
No

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Verdict:

McAfee is a security suite that has been undergoing major transformation in recent years. After having given more consistency to its user interface in 2018, it has finally (almost) aligned its direct competitors in terms of pricing, at least the first year. However, it still has to improve the efficiency of its detection engine. We also regret the absence of certain functionalities (VPN, Backup).

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Number of devices Monthly subscription Anti-malware Firewall Parental control Central console Password management Backup VPN
10
No
Yes
Yes
PC, iOS, Android
Yes (web)
PC, macOS, iOS, Android
No
No

Technical sheet
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Verdict:

Serious, with an attractive vintage side, the G Data suite does not meet our vision of protecting the home from what a security suite should be in 2020. Its PC defenses are solid but its scanning has lost its effectiveness. His approach to security remains rigorous while remaining user-friendly. In short, G Data Total Security is a good product to protect the PC, but less to protect the home. And its price / quality ratio is suffering from competition that has become much rougher.

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Number of devices Monthly subscription Anti-malware Firewall Parental control Central console Password management Backup VPN
5
No
Yes
Yes
PC, Android
No
Yes, on PC
Yes (via Dropbox or Google Drive)
No

Technical sheet
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