F-Safe Secure is an attention-grabbing safety program. Within the quick time that I’ve been utilizing it, I get the distinct feeling that its goal is to do its job and get out of your method. Since I’ve set it up, I can’t recall one pop-up alert telling me a couple of safety scan, a USB drive linked to my system—nothing.
A window did seem every single day reminding me that my trial would expire in “X” variety of days, however that’s not one thing you’d see every single day as a paying buyer.
This reluctance on F-Safe’s half to barge in with notifications is a part of an total extra subdued strategy to safety, it appears to me. Once you first open F-Safe Secure it isn’t overflowing with options, or choices.
The first dashboard window will get a bit of cutesy by borrowing your PC wallpaper to point out a bit of icon of a PC with a inexperienced verify mark on it. It additionally has a fast at-a-glance standing for every of F-Safe’s foremost parts: virus safety, searching safety, and up-to-date security measures. This view additionally has a button to provoke a virus scan and the Settings possibility.
F-Safe makes use of a left rail to navigate the remainder of the appliance. There’s a Household Guidelines part the place you may see any closing dates, bedtimes, or content material filtering you’ve arrange. All of those options are arrange through F-Safe’s net interface as an alternative of contained in the app itself.
F-Safe does this since Household Guidelines apply to not solely the present PC, but additionally any Android and iOS gadgets the place F-Safe is put in. Nonetheless, it might be simpler for customers if this characteristic was on the desktop program itself after which synced to the cloud behind the scenes.
The following part is Instruments, which is the place you’ll discover choices to run extra detailed or particular scans, view quarantined information, specify information (similar to delicate docs) that ought to by no means be scanned, a historical past log, and the power to submit potential samples of malware on to F-Safe.
That’s just about it for F-Safe Secure’s desktop program. There are two further options that stretch to your net browser. The primary, which can also be frequent in a lot of different safety suites, similar to Bullguard, reveals a inexperienced verify mark subsequent to protected hyperlinks in your search outcomes on Google and Bing.
The second characteristic is Banking safety, and this one I discovered to be problematic. Banking safety is a typical characteristic in safety suites to be sure that no different packages or web sites can intervene together with your banking session. It’s generally enabled manually by launching a specialised browser provided by the safety firm, or by clicking a launch button within the desktop program.
F-Safe takes the strategy of enabling the characteristic by default, which is annoying however in all probability a fantastic selection to guard common customers. The issue is that Banking safety shuts down every part else. If you must verify obtained financial institution transfers with invoices contained on one other web site, for instance, you gained’t have the ability to.
I generally use Google as a fast and straightforward calculator whereas banking to determine how a lot cash I have to shuttle between my accounts. However with Banking safety enabled I couldn’t do this. It was annoying and irritating. Safety is not any good if it will get in the best way of your workflow, since you’ll simply flip it off, like I did. I’m not the one one both, as a seek for “F-Safe flip off banking safety” produced a whole lot of related hits.
F-Safe has a spread of pricing for Secure relying on what number of gadgets you need to cowl. For 3 gadgets it’ll value you $70 per 12 months, for 5 it’s $90, and to cowl seven you must fork over $110. These system numbers embrace PCs and cell gadgets. You probably have a household of 4, every with their very own PC and smartphone (eight gadgets), you’d must pay effectively over $100 for protection. That’s fairly dear contemplating that the $100 vary generally offers you the power to cowl 10 gadgets.
F-Safe carried out very extremely by way of menace detection when examined by A-V Test in late 2017. F-Safe Secure scored 100 % detection in zero-day, net, and e mail threats towards 185 samples. It additionally obtained 100 % within the common outdated malware detection check towards 10,684 samples.
Over at AV-Comparatives, F-Safe Secure scored 99.9 % detection within the group’s real-world safety check towards 1,780 samples throughout checks carried out between July and November 2017. Within the malware-protection check F-Safe Secure rated a 99.93 % on-line safety charge, a 98.9 % on-line detection charge, and a small dip to 98.6 % for its offline detection charge. F-Safe Secure additionally obtained 22 false alarms on this check, which is kind of excessive.
As for our in-house efficiency checks, F-Safe Secure noticed a small however noticeable drop within the PCMark eight work convetional check. Our check PC scored 2,440 with none antivirus put in, and with F-Safe operating after a full disk scan that quantity dropped to 2,385. You in all probability wouldn’t discover a efficiency drop beneath common circumstances besides perhaps beneath heavy workloads on a mid-level machine.
Within the Handbrake check, our check PC encoded a three.8GB MP4 file to Handbrake’s Android pill preset in 1 hour, 14 minutes, and 14 seconds. With F-Safe Secure put in that quantity went as much as 1 hour, 37 minutes, and 36 seconds. That’s an enormous distinction and offers me pause about how a lot efficiency can be hampered throughout media-intensive actions.
F-Safe Secure is a high-performing antivirus suite in terms of safety, and its efficiency marks are okay however could possibly be higher. F-Safe’s pricing is a bit of larger than we’ve seen elsewhere principally as a result of their $110 pricing covers simply seven gadgets as an alternative of the extra frequent 10 gadgets. Nonetheless, F-Safe is a superb selection for most individuals aside from perhaps that odd duck who’s doing media-heavy chores on a mid-range PC.