Review: Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security

By Mike Wheeler

 

Some people pay lip service to security software, which can be to their detriment when it comes to being a victim of cybercriminal activity – whether it be via a phishing site, malware or a Trojan

 

By Mike Wheeler

 

Some people pay lip service to security software, which can be to their detriment when it comes to being a victim of cybercriminal activity – whether it be via a phishing site, malware or a Trojan. Part of the reason people are blasé is, because by its very nature, a virus is not a tangible item, so people tend to put updating their security software on the back burner. It is this attitude, which, as any victim of such an attack knows, can cause irreparable damage to a hard drive and the files stored upon it.

 

Along with Norton and Kaspersky, Trend Micro are one of the premium players in the security software market – a place where one vendor is always trying to out-do the other in the security stakes. Trend’s Titanium Maximum Security is its high-end product, so we thought we’d take it for a test drive.

 

There are a couple of things outside of stopping malicious attacks that I want in my security software – ease of set up and the ability to allow me to call the shots.

 

First the set up. It’s a matter of downloading a copy from the disc provided to your hard drive. In my case my PC doesn’t have a disc drive, so I borrowed a friend’s computer and copied over the program to a USB stick. When you run the .exe file the first thing it will do is ask if it can remove your old version of security software, which it will do automatically once you give it the go ahead. It will then tell you to restart your computer, so make sure you have closed and saved any documents you have open. Once the computer is restarted you are up and running you hit the executable file button again and follow the prompts.

 

One thing that has been annoying in the past is that some security software programs are not only hard to navigate but they run the program at awkward times and slow down your computer. With Titanium Maximum Security there are a number few settings you can play with including the ability to set the time during the week when the program will go through the motions of checking for malware etc. The best part is that it will not slow down the computer while doing so. If it finds any viruses it will notify you and delete them from your hard drive when requested. It will also give you a list of dodgy websites that you might have visited and gives you a choice if you want them accepted as being okay.

 

For parents there is the choice of parental controls. Once again, easy to set up and keeps some of the legal, but inappropriate content, away from young prying eyes. It is just a case of following prompts and you decide what boundaries you wish to set.

 

And as an added bonus, the company says it is constantly updating information in the cloud gathered through its Smart Protection Network. If there is a new web threat detected via the cloud, this is pushed out immediately to all their customers and blocked.

 

Finally, it also has social networking protection, and will look for net nasties when you visit popular sites like Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter.

 

Overall, this security software ticks all the boxes – stops threats, doesn’t slow your PC while you’re working, and also has a more than reasonable RRP that will cover up to five devices including your smartphone. The biggest bonus for us though was how easy it was to set up and use. Even the most avowed Luddite will not have any problems loading and using this program.

 

Pros: Easy set up; easy to navigate; parental guidelines; can set time for scan; doesn’t slow down computer when running; good pricing
Cons: Would be nice if license ran for two years not one

 

RRP
$129.95 for five licences

 

4.8 Shacks Out of 5

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