Do you need Internet security software? If you already have an effective firewall and security features in your operating system and browser, you may just need antivirus software.
Do you want protection for your mobile devices? Some Internet security programs come with apps for Android (and iOS in some instances) tablets and smartphones.
Are you a Mac user? Many Internet security software programs run only on Windows. Check carefully for Mac operating systems capability.
Are parental controls important? Most security software comes with some form of parental control, from being able to block your children's access to the Internet to monitoring their Facebook use.
Are you active on social media? To varying degrees, several of the Internet software programs we reviewed have features to protect you on the most popular online social networks, primarily Facebook.
"Shop around" is always good advice, but especially with Internet security suites. Prices swing wildly all over the map: We found budget runner-up Norton Internet Security (2014) downloading for $80 at Norton's website and $27 at Amazon.com -- on the same day. Also watch for rebates, which are sometimes offered only for products purchased from a specific store or website, and those rotate fairly quickly. Finally, as noted above, watch the license when price shopping -- particularly how many computers the software can be installed on.