Kaspersky 2016 adds Private Browsing, Change Control
The suites now have a “Change Control” system which warns you of attempts to modify your browser home or search pages, install addons or change settings, and allows you to allow or block them.
A “Private Browsing” feature works with Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer to reduce the chance of websites tracking your browser activities, search history and device location.
Elsewhere, Safe Mode has been improved by reducing the need for plugins, and there are assorted enhancements for the firewall, Trusted Applications mode, Safe Money, and remote management via your “My Kaspersky” account. The packages run on anything from Windows XP through to 10.
As before, the protection comes in three tiers. Kaspersky Anti-Virus ($59.99) has the core antivirus engine and basic web protection; Kaspersky Internet Security (also $59.99 right now) adds a firewall, wifi monitoring, application control, change control, antispam, private browsing, the “Safe Money” secure browser, and more; and Total Security ($69.99) adds password management and sync, encryption, secure and online backups, a file shredder, PC cleanup tools and more.
It’s a solid feature set, and the independent testing labs still regularly place Kaspersky products at or close to the top of their tests. AV-Comparatives’ latest Real-World Protection Test has Kaspersky in third place, very marginally behind Panda and Bitdefender.