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F-Secure Review

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Jun 05, 2019
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F-Secure small business internet security software consistently outperforms the competition. In fact,  F-Secure repeatedly achieves near-perfect scores for malware detection from third-party testing agencies. The F-Secure Business Suite includes modules to secure networks, including gateway, email and server protection. Although F-Secure offers other products that protect different types of endpoints, this solution is not intended to protect Apple products or a mobile workforce.

F-Secure

F-Secure

The Best Internet Security and Antivirus Software of 2019

The Verdict

Since this solution does not support Macs or mobile phones, it is most suitable as an on-premise security solution. F-Secure provides exceptional, no-frills internet security and is an excellent choice for protecting Windows and Linux workstations and servers.

To protect all the endpoints in your network, the F-Secure Business Suite Includes:
• Client Security
• Antivirus for Workstations
• Linux Security Client Edition
• Server Security
• Linux Server Security
• Internet Gatekeeper for Linux
• Email and Server Security
• Policy Manager

In terms of malware detection, F-Secure earns nearly perfect scores from third-party testers. In fact, in AV-Test's August and October 2012 round of tests, F-Secure products earned 6 out of 6 for malware detection. F-Secure earned equally high protection scores in the latest AV-Comparatives test series. The software's client security includes web protection, email scanning, anti-rootkit tools, device protection, antispyware and virus scanning. When laptops connect to the network, they are safely quarantined from the network until they are proven secure. Workstation antivirus security licenses are light and include antivirus, antispyware and a host-based intrusion prevention system (HIPS). Server versions guard Windows, Citrix, Microsoft Exchange and Linux servers.

In most third-party tests, F-Secure is shown to use fewer system resources than most security software. This makes it ideal for those who need to protect older machines, such as those still running Windows XP or machines with limited RAM. In addition, F-Secure is suitable for those looking for a subtle, unobtrusive security solution that does not interfere with workflow.

 

 

F-Secure Business Suite is relatively simple to install. However, since it protects numerous components including servers and gatekeepers it would be best installed by someone familiar with your network and security needs. After the product is installed and running, most admins should have an easy time managing it.

 

 

The central control manager for this suite is the Policy Manager, which manages security licenses, policies, reports and compliance issues. This manager can run on a Windows or Linux PC or server. You can configure the software to automatically update new security definitions via the update server and agent, utilizing few resources. You can also manually install updates from a disc or from the F-Secure website. This security solution even has a web-based reporting tool that can generate network-wide reports. In performance tests, F-Secure often used fewer resources than average, making it an apt choice for those who manage a wide range of PCs.

To protect from deliberate or unintentional data loss, admins can lock down file transfers and control how devices such as USB drives are allowed to interact with the network. Managers can also limit which files can be attached and shared via email. F-Secure can encrypt files for safe file transfers. This version does not provide a tool for erasing the drives of lost or stolen laptops, however, so if you use F-Secure to protect laptops, you need to encrypt and password protect all sensitive files to prevent data loss.

If you primarily require internet security with some data loss protection, F-Secure will perform well for you. If you need to enforce strict compliance regulations (such as those for storing medical or legal records), or if you need to secure a mobile workforce, you may want to consider another business security product. In terms of antimalware detection, F-Secure is one of the best, and it uses fewer resources than most security products to protect networks, which makes it a suitable choice for most small companies.

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F-Secure

F-Secure

The Best Internet Security and Antivirus Software of 2019

The Verdict

Since this solution does not support Macs or mobile phones, it is most suitable as an on-premise security solution. F-Secure provides exceptional, no-frills internet security and is an excellent choice for protecting Windows and Linux workstations and servers.

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