Webroot Internet Security Essentials 2011 extends the vendor’s Antivirus with Spy Sweeper software with a firewall, online backup as well as privacy protection. Here we discuss these additional protection features and recommend you check out our article Antivirus with Spy Sweeper to find all about the antivirus and anti-spyware capabilities included in Internet Security Essentials.
The Firewall, found in the PC security menu of Webroot Internet Security Essentials 2011, consists of a process monitor (off by default), application filtering, and a location manager with recommended settings turned on automatically.
We also recommend leaving on the default setting of filtering all inbound and outbound traffic, but you can allow all or block all network traffic if there’s such a need on the top of the firewall configuration menu.
To make use of Webroot’s online backup you must first create and verify an account. Then you will be able to select the files and folders you want to backup to the Webroot servers. Included with Webroot Internet Security Essentials are 2 GB online disk space. More capacity, up to 100 GB, can be purchased for an additional fee. When you have completed the selection for online backup files click Next, then Finish. The software will then upload your data as background task.
After the initial save your local data and the online back synchronize when you are logged in with your online backup account. You can view and manage your online backup data with standard web browsers. Also included in Webroot’s backup menu is Magic Briefcase, a synchronization tool for files and documents you need on various computers (running Webroot’s Internet Security suite).
Also included with Webroot Internet Security Essentials is System Cleaner, a set of tools to improve overall system performance by defragmenting your hard disk and freeing up disk space by deleting unnecessary files. Running System Cleaner menu will wipe out your Internet tracks at the same time.
The Privacy Protection component of the software consists of the three items Anti-Spam, Anti-Pishing and Secure Browsing. If you have an email client such as Outlook installed on your PC the spam filters will handle the junk mail, whereas the pishing defense will check emails and web site links for legitimacy, to prevent you from giving out sensitive information to bogus websites. Secure Browsing also protects you from script execution when visiting websites. On top of that there is an URL scanner which tells you about the safety of websites before you go there.
Please see the two samples when using Google with Secure Browsing turned on below: