Installation & Setup
Installation of CA Internet Security Suite 2007 was relatively simple. Like other products in this category, the installation starts by requiring you to enter the license key and select where on your computer you would like to install the software to. CA Internet Security Suite 2007 then allows you to select the check boxes to choose antivirus, antispyware, personal firewall, and/or antispam for the products you want to install.
This is the first sign that CA Internet Security Suite 2007 is not as tightly integrated as some of the competing products. Essentially, this suite is four CA products roughly bundled behind a single installation and interface. CA has joined in the new trend of allowing the software to be installed on up to three PC’s using the one license. By default, CA Internet Security Suite 2007 is not designed for Windows Vista, but CA does have an update available for free to make it Vista-compatible.
At the end of the installation, you are required to complete the registration page, including your physical and email address. This information is used for CA, but also for Mobile Lifeline, the provider of the insurance included with the software.
When CA Internet Security Suite 2007 launches for the first time, it will detect your network adapters and display an alert message box asking the user to determine how the firewall should treat it. The available options are Safe Zone; meaning it is trusted and has fewer restrictions on the traffic, or Restricted; meaning that there is potential for malicious traffic and the firewall should guard this connection more closely.
The insurance idea sounds nice, but it is more marketing hype than anything. The net result to the user is that there are additional EULA’s to accept regarding the third-party providers of the insurance. Registration is required, including personal information that you may not want to share with third-parties.
The initial detection of the network adapters by the firewall may be a bit confusing for an average user. My network adapter was identified as “Intel 21140-Based PCI Fast Ethernet Adapter (Generic)." Many users will see that as just a bunch of gibberish and won’t really know if they should trust the adapter or assign it to the Restricted zone. Aside from a brief note explaining that devices in the Safe zone can access each other’s shared folders and printers, no help or guidance is provided to assist users in assigning the adapter to the appropriate security zone.