If you’re looking to save money and have no-fuss security, it’s hard to compare to the suite that comes built into Windows 10 and 11. It’s also known as Windows Security or Microsoft Defender, and it combines security against viruses with devices monitoring, a firewall, kid protection (you can limit what your children can access online), and other features.
It also comes with a password management tool along with an anti-phishing tool as well as other features. Its firewall checks all connections, both inbound and outbound and even Wi-Fi networks. It also has a menu that allows you to review the details of suspicious connections.
In our tests it did a decent job in blocking most malicious downloads and phishing sites. Its reputation-based system of security utilizes a massive database to assign websites and apps reputation scores. Software with low scores are immediately blocked. It also provides protection against exploits. This protects against attacks that attempt to alter the settings of your computer.
Although it’s good overall, it’s not quite as effective as the malware detection rates of standalone competitors such as Norton or Bitdefender. It does have a password manager, however it does not have other useful tools such as an optimizer for your PC or VPN. Its customer support options are extensive, though it has a huge community with detailed FAQs and forums, and a variety of ways to get in contact with a tech expert via live chat or email.