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Trend Micro Titanium Internet Security 2011
VERSION:  Windows 7 / Vista / XP, 1-3 Users

PRICE:  $69.95

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Rating: Fair      

Information Below:  Review, Screenshots, System Requirements


Review of Titanium Internet Security 2011:


    By Jay Andrew Allen

Titanium The last time Trend Micro made headlines, it was for its heavy-handed patent lawsuit against Barracuda Networks. Since then, the Japanese company has continued doing what it's done since 1988: producing a slate of virus protection packages for home and business networks. Unfortunately, as we discovered during our recent investigation of Trend Micro Titanium Internet Security, patent infringement is the least of the company's problems.


1) Features & Ease of Use:  5.5/15

Dashboard: The Trend Microsoft Titanium Internet Security Dashboard is bare compared to some of its competitors. A Security Summary displays the computer's current security state. A link provides fast access to enabling Parental Controls. A set of controls along the bottom of the Dashboard make it easy to launch a virus scan, configure settings, or generate a virus activity report. And a Tools button provides fast access to two prominent TIS features, Parental Controls (again?) and Data Theft Protection.

Trend Micro 2011 Dashboard:

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Features:
There's a reason the Titanium Dashboard is so minimalistic: the program has few features! Parental Controls and Data Theft are the only notable non-automated features included in the application.

The Parental Controls feature is quite good. After selecting the users for whom they want to restrict access, parents can choose to limit their children's Internet access through options spread across four categories. Parents can prevent their children from accessing both forbidden content, as well as questionable technologies (e.g., peer-to-peer file sharing networks). An age drop-down provides a reasonable set of defaults for each category: e.g., teens can access content tagged "Gay/Lesbian" or "Sex Education", but not content tagged "Erotic/Mature" or "Pornography". Parents can even limit the hours their kids can access the network.

Data Theft is an interesting feature that exists in most applications, but is implemented a little different in Trend Micro. Other platforms attempt to secure personal data by raising a red flag whenever anything resembling a credit card or phone number appears to be going over the wire. Titanium Internet Security lets users set certain strings of sensitive information - such as specific telephone numbers, or the last four digits of a credit card - and examines all outgoing traffic streams for those specific substrings. Any attempt to send these strings over the network - in a Web form or an instant message, for example - will be blocked; Trend Micro displays a warning prompt when this happens, and gives users the ability either to grant a one-time exception, or turn off Data Theft protection entirely for up to 30 minutes.

And that's all she wrote in terms of Titanium Internet Security's feature set. A rather poor showing, for a product that retails for $69.95 US.

Firewall:
TIS is perhaps the only Internet Security product we've reviewed this year that doesn't ship with a firewall. The product does contain a feature called "Firewall Booster" that supposedly "enhances" the protection provided by Windows Firewall, but it's not enabled by default. Most of TIS's competitors include their own firewall components, accompanied by a simple control (such as a slider or dropdown) that allows users to adjust the strictness of their firewall.


2) Virus Scanner:  2/5

Scan Types: Trend Micro Titanium Internet Security supports three basic scan types: Full, Quick, and Custom. We couldn't tell from the online help if TIS protects against common intrusion technologies such as rootkits.

Titanium Virus Scanner:

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Speed: TIS's virus scanning speeds fall between poor and atrocious. In our initial scan speed tests on our reference computer*, the application slugged through our 1GB test file matrix in 38.9 seconds, or 26.3 MB per second. This places it in the middle of the pack when compared to its peers. Sadly, in our subsequent scan speed tests (which measures the speeds achieved across 10 separate scans), TIS managed a mere 25.2 MB per second. Most anti-virus applications get faster with subsequent scans, as they used the knowledge gained from prior scans to improve performance. TIS not only didn't improve, it got slightly worse. (See Scan Speed Comparison)

Updates: TIS falls near the bottom of the pack in terms of virus definition updates with a mere 2 updates per day. (See Updates Per Day Comparison)

*Reference Computer:  Windows 7 Home Premium running on a Toshiba Pentium Dual-Core T4200 (64 bit), with 3GB of RAM and a 210GB hard drive.



3) Performance Testing:  5/10


Memory Use: Trend Micro 2011 uses 54 MB of system memory. #14 ranked program of the 15 Internet Security programs we tested.

Reboot Time: Titanium added 7.4 seconds to our test computer's reboot time. #1 ranked program.

Installation Size: Titanium Internet Security 2011 requires 402.3 MB of hard-drive space for installation. #6 ranked program.

Initial Scan Speed: Titanium Internet Security scans files the first time at a speed of 26.3 MB/s. #7 ranked program.

Subsequent Scan Speed: Titanium performs subsequent scans at a speed of 25.2 MB/s. #12 ranked program.

Initial Application Launch: Trend Micro 2011 added 0.979s to launch a web browser for the first time after a reboot. #11 ranked program.

Subsequent Application Launch: Titanium added 0.421s on average for subsequent web browser launches. #11 ranked program.

File Conversion Time: Titanium added 0.41s on average to convert a MP3 file to four other file types. #6 ranked program.

System Impact Score: The "System Impact Score" is a cumulative score tallied from the above 8 software tests (15 points given for a #1 rating, while 1 point is given for 15th place for each test). Trend Micro Titanium Internet Security 2011 scored a total of 60 out of 120 points when compared to the other Internet Security programs tested. This placed Titanium as the #9 ranked overall program we tested this year - well behind performance leaders Norton Internet Security and ESET Smart Security.

View above Internet Security Performance Tests.



4) Effectiveness: (Virus/Malware Detection) 7/15

Trend's Effectiveness Score - 7 out of 15

5) Help & Support:  3.5/5

»On-Screen Assistance: Most of the inline text explaining advanced features such as Parental Controls and Data Theft protection was clear and abundant.

»Help Manual: The online help manual is a little thin, and doesn't differentiate between Trend Micro's various products. The company provides a few online tutorials for new users, but these are rather skimpy.

»Online Support: Trend Micro provides plenty of assistance options, including online troubleshooters and FAQ lists, a problem submission form, online chat, and a toll-free hotline open during business hours. Trend Micro's online chat functionality is available 22 hours a day during the week (everyone apparently takes a snack break between 9pm and 11pm US Pacific time), and available during standard business hours on weekends.

»Quick Support Links:

     • Online Manual
     • Support Home Page
     • Support Contact Page


CONCLUSION:

We were disappointed that Trend Micro Titanium Internet Security was so feature-poor, as the features that Trend Micro did include were well implemented. If the product had fast scan times and high virus accuracy ratings, we may be able to forgive its paucity of features. Sadly, TIS ranks 9 out of 15 in overall performance, and has a miserable virus accuracy rating, which leaves us little to recommend.


Overall Rating: Average    (Total Score: 23 / 50 = 2.5 Stars)

*Installation Time:  2 minutes and 57 seconds (excluding time for updates)

Misc Info:

    • Version Tested:
3.0.1303
    • Release Date:
    • Review Date:
    • Last Updated:
June 27, 2011
    • Previous Version:
Trend Micro Internet Security 2010
    • Other Titanium Software:
Trend Micro Titanium AntiVirus 2011


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Titanium Internet Security 2011 Screenshots

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Trend Micro Titanium Internet Security 2011 System Requirements:



Operating Systems:

    • Windows 7 Editions with Service Pack 1 or higher
    • Windows Vista Editions with Service Pack 1 or higher
    • Windows XP Editions with Service Pack 3 or higher (32 bit editions)

Minimum Requirements:

    • Memory: 256 MB min/512 MB recommended of RAM for Win XP, 512 MB/1GB for Vista, 1 GB for Win 7
    • Processor: 450 MHz for Windows XP (800 MHz recommended), 1 GHz for Windows 7 and Vista
    • Installation Size: 500 MB of hard-drive space


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