7 all-in-one security suites: Anti-malware for all your devices

We examine how the major security suites compare in terms of features, ease of use and which devices they actually protect.

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Let's face it: No matter what device you use, you're in danger. Security threats and malware lurk on Windows PCs, Macs, and Android and iOS devices. If you use more than one device -- like most of us do -- that makes it even more difficult and expensive to be vigilant and keep yourself safe.

That's where all-in-one security suites come in. They protect not just a single device, but multiple ones, and offer comprehensive security for a far lower price than if you had to buy software individually for each of your devices.

All of the suites reviewed here protect Windows, Macs and Android devices. A few add iOS security as well. Most offer some kind of Web-based dashboard for installing and managing the software on each individual device.

Note that this isn't an evaluation of how well these products actually protect against malware -- for that, it's best to check out a report from a lab such as AV-TEST, which recently rated a variety of applications for how they protect Windows 8.1 systems and Android devices.

Instead, I've looked at each suite's usability and what features it offers outside of traditional anti-malware protection. I've included quick snapshots of the strengths and weaknesses of the product for each operating system -- Windows, OS X, iOS and Android -- and evaluate the Web dashboard that some of the suites offer to help you manage the security of all your devices.

In this roundup, I've reviewed seven all-in-one protection suites:

For even more details, check the in-depth tables that give a more comprehensive rundown on the features each offers.

7 security suites - Price comparisons

Pricing plans/1 yr. No. devices per user
Bitdefender $99.95 for 3 users; $129.95 for 5 users Unlimited
Kaspersky $79.95 5 devices
McAfee $79.99 Unlimited
Norton $69.99 5 devices
Panda $69.99 for 1 Windows PC; $79.99 for 3 PCs; $119.99 for 5 PCs; $219.99 for 10 PCs Includes 1 Mac and unlimited iOS/Android devices
Trend Micro $44.95 3 devices
Webroot $51.99 5 devices
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