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) mobile devices.
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. For more robust controls, stand-alone software is a better alternative. See our separate report on parental control software.
Are you active on social media? To varying degrees, many of the Internet software programs reviewed have features to protect you on the most popular online social networks, primarily Facebook.