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Top 3 Best Antivirus Software for Family

Updated on July 20, 2015
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I grew up in Vietnam and studied economics. I worked at an security firm from 2011 to the present and I enjoy technology and computers.

Choosing an antivirus software for your family is different from choosing an antivirus software for your computer, phone or tablet. You need to protect different devices. For example, you need the managing features for computer, internet management and especially features to control when the children use the computer.

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The antivirus software for family must meet these following criteria:

  • It is a software of the reputable security company in the world.
  • The software must be appreciated by many reputable organizations over the years.
  • It is easy to buy the license.
  • A single copyright for multiple devices.This will help you save the cost and easy to manage copyright
  • Antivirus software can be used on PC, Mac OS, Smartphone and Tablet.
  • Easy to connect and manage between devices
  • Provide the device management, managing features to control when children use computers and the internet.

From these criteria above, we choose three best antivirus software to introduce to readers.

1. Norton Security with Backup

Norton Security is a replacement for Norton Antivirus, Norton Internet Security and Norton 360. Norton Security can be installed on Windows, Mac, Adroid, iOS. Therefore, it is a perfect software to protect your family.


Norton Security is divided into 3 categories:

  1. Norton Security for One Device: Protection for 1 device
  2. Norton Security: Protection for 5 devices
  3. Backup with Norton Security: Protection for 10 devices

Norton Security with Backup is a version with full features, it includes Norton Family Premier. However, you have to buy up to 10 devices. If you only have 5 or 7 device, you can use Norton Security and Norton Family Premier.

Norton Security on Wikipedia

Norton Security, developed by Symantec Corporation, is a computer program that provides malware prevention and removal during subscription period and used signatures and heuristics to identify viruses. Other features included in the product are a personal firewall, email spam filtering, and phishing protection.

Features comparison

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2. Kaspersky Internet Security Multi Device & Kaspersky Total Security Multi Device

Since 2014, Kaspersky has launched the Kaspersky Internet Security Multi Device (KIS MD) and Kaspersky Total Security Multi Device.

What is Multi Device?

Multi Device is not a version of Kaspersky. It is simply a license package which you can use for various devices such as MacBook, PC, smartphone (Android OS only).

For example, Kaspersky Internet Security Multi Device 5 Device can be used to activate the 5 PC or 1 MacBook + 2PC + 2 smartphones, in any combination . As long as you do not exceed the number of devices which prescribed by copyright.

Therefore, Kaspersky Internet Security Multi Device is a copyright package which can activate many versions of Kaspersky Internet Security, Kaspersky Internet Security for Mac and Kaspersky Internet Security for Android. And Kaspersky Total Security Multi Device can be used for Kaspersky Total, Kaspersky for Mac, Kaspersky for Android and Kaspersky Password Manager.

Compared with Kaspersky Internet Security, Kaspersky Total Security provides better protection for your computer by having additional features to protect your password and your data.

Protection for iOS and Windows Phone

Kaspersky does not have a version to protect perfectly for iOS or Windows Phone. You may install and use Kaspersky Password Manager free and Safe Browser for iOS, Safe Browser for Windows Phone operating system. However, the protection for two operating systems is negligible.

Kaspersky Lab company on Wikipedia

Kaspersky Lab is an international software security group operating in almost 200 countries and territories worldwide. The company is headquartered in Moscow, Russia, with its holding company registered in the United Kingdom. Kaspersky Lab currently employs over 2,850 qualified specialists. It has 31 representative territory offices in 30 countries and its products and technologies provide service for over 300 million users and over 250,000 corporate clients worldwide.

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3. Trend Micro Maximum Security & Trend Micro Premium Security

Trend Micro Maximum Security & Trend Micro Premium Security is protected versions for multiple devices such as PC, MacBook, tablet, smartphone (iOS, Android).

There is not much difference between Trend Micro Maximum Security and Trend Micro Premium Security. Trend Micro Maximum Security can be used for up to 3 devices, with 5 GB online data backup for free. Trend Micro Premium Security can be used for up to 5 devices, with 25 GB of online data backup.

Compared with Kaspersky, Trend Micro provides better protection for iOS and Windows Phone. You can use Trend Micro Mobile Security for iPhone, iPad (Free and Premium). With the Windows Phone operating system, you can install Trend Micro Safe Mobile Workforce (free).

Trend Micro Company on Wikipedia

Trend Micro Inc. (TYO: 4704) is a global security software company founded in Los Angeles, California with global headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, and regional headquarters in Asia, Europe and the Americas. The company develops security software for servers, cloud computing environments, and small business.

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Operating System Compatibility

OS
Norton Security
Kaspersky Multi Device
Trend Micro Maximum
 
License: 1, 5, 10 devices
License: 3, 5 devices
License: 1, 3, 5 devices
Windows
Yes
Yes
Yes
Mac
Yes
Yes
Yes
Android
Yes
Yes
Yes
iOS
Yes
Mini tool
Yes
Windows Phone
No
Mini tool
Mini tool
Kindle Fire OS
No
No
Yes

Should I choose Norton, Kaspersky or Trend Micro?

Norton, Kaspersky or Trend Micro are great protective solutions for your family. You do not need to worry about your choice! Just base on the number of devices you are using, the costs and requirements of software features and make the best decision.

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