We last looked at Webroot SecureAnywhere just over a year ago and at that time it had some significant issues which forced us to rate the program down. We’ve decided to take another look at the Internet Security solution for Mac OSX and give it another test – particularly in those areas that let it down previously.
Our previous review can be seen here but when reading it please do remember it is over a year old now. Indeed I shall update the header of that review to point back here to be sure 🙂
Is An Internet Security Solution Required on Mac?
The short answer to this is a resounding YES if you’re connected to the internet. That’s the short answer. The longer answer is a maybe – but probably. If you’re an IT kind of person you may get away with no internet security / anti-malware solution – but if you’re an average user it can be extremely difficult trying to work out which software is legitimate and which websites won’t cause your beloved Mac any harm. Google does its best to help shield you from dodgy sites but that only helps if Google is the search engine upon which you stumbled across said dodgy site.
Malware exists for the Mac, plain and simple. It’s harder to get infected than on the PC, but that’s changing. So, if your Mac is connected to the internet (and you’re reading this so I’m assuming it is) you should definitely consider the need for some kind of malware protection.
Is Webroot SecureAnywhere Intrusive?
In a word, no. I installed SecureAnywhere in the same was as before, onto a fresh install of OSX Mavericks. Initially it ran a scan which took around 17 minutes to complete – which consisted of a scan of my 250GB SSD drive and 500GB 5400rpm spinning drive which contains my downloads, documents and Parallels drives. I suspect the lion’s share of time was spent on the spinning disk since it’s the slowest and biggest. But, while the scan was happening the Mac remained completely usable – part of that could be because SSD doesn’t have the seek problems that rotating platters do.
SecureAnywhere just sits in the background normally and ticks away, checking out your system while you work. The only time I saw anything from it was when I downloaded a virus (deliberately in this case!) and after a few seconds it popped up to tell me it had discovered a problem. It then gave me the option of removing it, which I took it up on.
Have They Fixed The Issues?
It certainly appears as though the issues highlighted in our previous review have been resolved. My Mac hasn’t crashed as a result of installing Webroot this time and the fans haven’t kicked in during the whole time I’m using it – despite Webroot running in the background. This was one of the major problems with the version we reviewed previously so it’s good to see that’s not an issue any more. The other issue we have previously was that the software was preventing access to a legitimate site I had to use for work – this doesn’t appear to be the case this time either.
So, in short, it looks like they’ve fixed up the previous problems we had.
What Other Features Does Webroot SecureAnywhere come with?
The software comes with a few extra features including Backup and Sync which provides you with 25Gigabytes of online storage for your photos and music. This seems a little pointless these days since both Apple and Google provide similar options for your phone and both are accessible from the Mac quite easily – although Webroot does provide offerings for Windows too. Nonetheless this is a space that’s quite heavily competitive these days and Dropbox are probably still the market leader here so it seems a little pointless.
SecureAnywhere also comes with a password manager – this feature can be quite useful since everyone who uses a computer these days probably logs into, on average, around 100 websites over the course of their interactions online. Remembering 100 different passwords is almost impossible and writing them down (or choosing easy to remember passwords) is insecure. So using a password manager is a good idea and if you don’t yet have one, starting with Webroot’s offering probably isn’t a bad idea.
The application also claims to protect your Android or iPhone mobile device too although we haven’t looked into this in any way.
This version of Webroot SecureAnywhere seems to have solved all the previous issues we had with it, so on that basis, if you’re in need of an internet security solution, this one is probably as good as any for the Mac.
Further information, including a free trial, is available at http://www.webroot.com/us/en
If you are using, or have used Webroot SecureAnywhere and have any additional feedback for us please leave a comment and please rate the product for yourself below.
Positives: Unobtrusive, doesn’t slow mac down noticeably
Negatives: Additional features can be a bit of a sideshow (online storage for example)
Price: $59.99USD per year
Trial Available: Yes, 14 day