Panda Security is one of the world's best-known antivirus manufacturers and has a great reputation. The company's products offer you several exceptional features that help you protect your PC and devices, preserve your privacy and even optimize the performance of your devices.
Panda is also available for the most popular operating systems, making it an excellent choice when you're looking to protect multiple devices in your home. If you're looking for strong security and excellent features to go with it, Panda is a top choice for you.
When it comes to security and protection, Panda ranks among the best in the industry according to most major testing labs, and the company consistently ranks among the best in lab tests. Panda's antivirus tools detected all malware attacks, even those it didn't know about before, in the tests. If I had one small area in which Panda could improve its tools, it would be the number of false positives it reports (files that the antivirus thinks are infected, but aren't really), with a much higher number than its competitors. Despite this, I still prefer to be more protected than less, and some false positives are annoying, but not enough to lower the company's score.
New Dome Suites Offer Better Protection
Recently, the company updated its product lines with its new Dome Suites, which offer increased protection and provide more tools to protect you from the many dangers of the web. Panda Dome's security starts with an antivirus scanner that offers complete protection and fast results when it detects a potential threat. The company's scanners check for standard problems - viruses, Trojans and worms - as well as malware and ransom software, which quickly become a major problem if you're on the web.
In addition, Dome scans any USB device that you plug into your computer, such as a USB stick or external hard drive. Even if you know where they come from, these devices are plugged into many computers, some of which are unprotected. If you're not careful, even reliable sources can introduce a virus into your PC. The best thing is that Panda Dome doesn't wait for you to ask it to run a scan. The program constantly scans for threats and reacts instantly if it finds something on your PC.
You choose your scans
Another advantage of Panda's new Dome tools is that you can choose the scans you want to run. When you choose to run a new scan, you can choose between a full scan, a custom scan or a Critical Scan. The first one will check all the files and folders on your computer, and the second one will only check the folders you specify. I was very curious about the Critical Scan that only goes through the places on your PC where malware and viruses (such as your temporary files and cookies) normally hide. I found it very useful because it allowed me to reduce the duration of my scan and focus exactly on the places I thought were most at risk.
Protect your Wi-Fi network from attackers
Instead of targeting individual computers, many hackers choose to attack your network. This gives them access to all your devices and can be even more dangerous than an ordinary attack. Panda Dome includes a Wi-Fi protection tool that locks your network against prying eyes or potential attacks. When you activate the Wi-Fi protection tool, you can monitor every connection to your home network, and you can easily approve or block their access with a single click. Wi-Fi protection also allows you to know when you are connecting to a public network whose protection standards are less strict than yours, so you can check the activity of others and make better decisions about connecting to the network or finding your Internet access elsewhere.
A powerful personal firewall
Other antivirus products I've tested recently have disappointed me by bypassing the firewall function, so I was happy to see that Panda includes a powerful personal firewall. When you install an antivirus, a firewall can help it do its job better by also limiting who and what can enter your computer from the Internet.
Panda's personal firewall is fully customizable, so you can choose exactly how much data you want to let in and how much you want to keep out. Most importantly, the firewall always works in the background, so you can stay safe even if you don't realize that attackers are trying to penetrate your defenses.
Surf the web safely and anonymously
Even with powerful protection of your identity, the safest way to surf the web remains the VPN, which can hide your real location and encrypt your data so that no one can spy on you. I was impressed to see that Panda includes its free VPN (which gives you 150 megabytes of bandwidth per day) in its three main Dome packs. Although it doesn't include some of the tools offered by the full VPN suites, Panda's free VPN is a great way to add more security to your PC and your privacy when surfing the web.
Protect your children online
For many families, one of the biggest concerns about the Internet is the ease with which children can access sites and places online that are not necessarily safe for them. These include websites with adult content, graphic violence, as well as places where they can be contacted by people you would prefer them to avoid. Panda Dome's Parental Control allows you to decide which websites your children can and cannot visit thanks to an easy-to-use whitelist, and you can even use a filter to prevent search results from leading them astray. To make sure your children don't go anywhere they're not supposed to, you can also monitor filters and web activity from your children's devices on the Parental Control screen.
Defend your privacy with robust tools
In addition to preventing malware from entering your computer, one of the main tasks of an antivirus program is to protect your privacy when you are surfing the web. Panda Dome has a complete suite of tools that defend your privacy, including Wi-Fi protection and the company's VPN, in addition to several notable features. One of my favorites is the virtual keyboard that you can use to log on to websites and enter your password. This may seem minor, but key logging - where a hacker can monitor the keys you press on your keyboard to steal your password and data - is an increasingly common attack, and can be catastrophic if you are not careful. In addition, the company's Data Shield protects your files from ransom demands by letting you choose which files to protect and giving you
Protect your devices from thieves
Smartphones and mobile devices contain more personal information than ever before, so I'm glad that an antivirus company is helping to protect mine from thieves and hackers. One of the best features is the ability to track your devices in real time, so you can tell if any of them have been stolen. If your device is lost or stolen, you can easily protect your data by locking your phone and remotely deleting all the data you want. Even better, the anti-theft technology provided by Panda even allows you to take a picture of the culprit when they fail to unlock your device three times, allowing you to locate your device and help the police solve the crime.
Ease of use
More than just having it installed on your computer, an antivirus works best when you can easily manage all its functionalities. Panda Security's Dome packages all offer a quick and easy installation that you can do with a simple click when you've finished downloading the products you've chosen. I was also pleased to see that the amount of information Panda needs for users who buy its products is very minimal.
I was also pleased to see that the company's rebranding also extends to its already simple user interface, instead of the simple and simplistic interface that its old range had. Now, when you open Panda Dome, the main screen shows you all the features and tools you have and tells you whether they are active or not. You can find more specific settings and features by clicking on each icon. Overall, I found that the new design makes it much easier to find everything you need.
If you find yourself with a problem you can't solve, or even with questions about the features of your antivirus, Panda gives you several ways to find the answers you need. If you can easily answer your questions without the help of a support agent, you can take advantage of Panda's many resources on its website. These include practical guides, tutorials and general articles on the most common user problems. If you need more personalized support, you can contact the company by email, live chat, phone and even social media.
I've found that Panda is very good at responding quickly, and all my wait times through all channels have been minimal. I've also noticed that the support team is highly qualified and able to answer all my questions easily. If you don't want to wait for a support agent, you can also visit the Panda Security forum, where you can get answers and share notes with other users and members of the company's technical support team.
Panda Security comes in three large packages, each one offering a slightly different set of features. If you're only looking for basic antivirus services and don't need any additional features, you can choose the Essential package, which includes antivirus and firewall as well as some privacy protection tools. If you're more concerned about privacy, the Advanced package includes Parental Control, application lock and a very useful call blocker.
Finally, Dome Complete adds the other privacy features (data protection and password manager), as well as many other mobile tools available. Overall, the higher-level products (Advanced and Complete) offer more value if you are interested in additional features and specific privacy protections. However, if you are simply looking for a way to protect your computer in depth, the Essential security plan remains an excellent solution.