4 security suites that protect all your devices

McAfee, Symantec, Trend Micro and Webroot offer protection for all your devices plus Web-based management.

By Preston Gralla, Computerworld |  Security, McAfee, Symantec

There is a robust set of tools for blocking spam phone calls and text messages. You can enter the numbers you want to block by typing them in manually, selecting them from your contacts or selecting them from your call log or SMS log.

When someone from your blocked list calls you, the call is sent directly to your voicemail, so you aren't bothered by it. When someone from the blocked list sends a text, it simply doesn't get to you. You can review logs of all blocked calls and SMS messages. And you can easily unblock calls.

A Web protection feature blocks phishing sites and sites known to harbor malware. You can override the block, although the override lasts for only 30 minutes. The block works only with the built-in Android browser, not with third-party browsers such as Dolphin.

Bottom line

It's hard to argue with an all-in-one suite that offers such a full set of security tools. Both the computer-based protection and mobile-based protection of Norton One are stellar, and pack pretty much every security feature you might ask for. Extra features such as Norton Insight and Startup Manager made Norton One stand out even more.

Norton One falls down where most others in this roundup do -- the Web interface. At this point, the Web interface is little more than an easy way to install software and see which of your devices are protected. If you're looking for a fully featured Web dashboard for helping manage security on all of your devices, Webroot SecureAnywhere Complete is a better bet.

Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security

$53.00 OSes protected: Windows, OS X, Android, iOS, Symbian No. of devices protected: Three computers (PCs and/or Macs) and an unlimited number of mobile devices

As with the other suites reviewed here, Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security 2012 offers a host of tools that pretty much covers everything you might want, including malware protection, a firewall, parental controls and quite a few extras. It protects Windows-based PCs and Macs, along with Android, iOS and Symbian devices.

Web interface

Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security: Web interfaceClick to view larger image.

The software falls short when it comes to having an all-in-one dashboard for managing your protection on all of your devices. From your Trend Micro account on the Web, you'll be able to see what software is installed on each device and install the software on other devices, but nothing beyond that.

Windows protection


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