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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Conclusions

So which security suite is right for you? That all depends on your individual needs.

Norton 360 Multi Device stands out as the best suite for all-around protection. Its modules are the best and most comprehensive, with many extras, such as very good Windows tune-up tools.

In addition, it's the only one that offers anti-theft features for iOS as well as Windows PCs, Macs and Android devices. Because it protects up to five devices, it's a good deal as well.

If you're a fan of Web dashboards, consider Webroot SecureAnywhere Complete, because its dashboard is exemplary, as are most of its protection tools. Its iOS protection, though, falls short -- so if that's important to you, you won't want this suite.

Finally, if you don't have an iOS gadget that needs protection, but you have more than five devices, McAfee LiveSafe might be your best bet. Windows, OS X and Android security are solid, and for $79.99 per year you can protect as many devices as you want.

Features comparisons

7 security suites - OS coverage

Bitdefender Kaspersky McAfee Norton Panda Trend Micro Webroot
Windows X X X X X X X
OS X X X X X X X X
Android X X X X X X X
iOS X X X X

7 security suites - protection for Windows devices

Bitdefender Kaspersky McAfee Norton Panda Trend Micro Webroot
Remote wipe/anti-theft X X X X
Tune-up X X X X X
Email protection X X X X X X
Anti-phishing X X X X X X X
Identity protection X X X X X X X
Firewall X X X X X X
Suspicious websites/links flagging X X X X X X X
Backup/restore X X X X X X
Parental controls X X X X X X
Rescue disk X X X
Social network protection X X X X X X X
Anti-malware X X X X X X X

7 security suites - protection for OS X devices

Bitdefender Kaspersky McAfee Norton Panda Trend Micro Webroot
Remote wipe/anti-theft X
Tune-up
Email protection X X
Anti-phishing X X X X X X
Identity protection X X X
Firewall X X X
Suspicious websites/links flagging X X X X X X
Backup/restore X
Parental controls X X X
Social network protection X X
Rescue disk
Anti-malware X X X X X X X

7 security suites - protection for Android devices

Bitdefender Kaspersky McAfee Norton Panda Trend Micro Webroot
Anti-malware X X X X X X X
Remote wipe X X X X X X X
Remote lock X X X X X X X
Remote tracking X X X X X X X
Malicious website protection X X X X X X X

7 security suites - protection for iOS devices

Bitdefender Kaspersky McAfee Norton Panda Trend Micro Webroot
Anti-malware
Remote wipe X
Remote lock X
Remote tracking X
Malicious website protection X X X

This article, 7 all-in-one security suites: Anti-malware for all your devices, was originally published at Computerworld.com.

Preston Gralla is a contributing editor for Computerworld.com and the author of more than 45 books, including Windows 8 Hacks (O'Reilly, 2012). See more by Preston Gralla on Computerworld.com.

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