If you’re looking to find a simple low-cost security option, the suite integrated into Windows 10 or 11 is a great option. It’s also known as Windows Security or Microsoft Defender and it includes antivirus protection and a firewall, device monitoring, kid protection (you can limit what your children can do online) as well as other features.
It also comes with a password manager as well as an anti-phishing tool and other features. Its firewall will monitor all connections, both outbound and outbound including Wi-Fi networks. It also has a sophisticated menu that lets you access specific information about suspicious connections, which is a a welcome touch.
In our tests it did a decent job at blocking most websites that are phishing and downloading dangerous files. Its reputation-based protection system uses an extensive database on the internet to assign websites and apps reputation scores. Programs with low scores are automatically blocked. It also provides protection against exploits. This protects against attacks that try to alter the settings of your computer.
It’s pretty good in general however, it doesn’t offer the malware detection rates that standalone competitors such as Norton and Bitdefender have. While it does come with the password manager, it does not include other useful features like the PC optimizer or VPN. The support options for customers are extensive, however it has a huge community with extensive FAQs and forums, and a variety of ways to get in contact with a tech support specialist via live chat or email.