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ESET Internet Security 2021 Review
Review By @ 05:17pm 15/10/21

Product: ESET Internet Security
Type: Security Software
Price: $59.95 AUD (1 Year, 1 Device)
Link: eset.com/au/home/internet-security/

When it comes to protecting your PC, antivirus software has been a thing since, well, software was sold in oversized boxes filled with floppy disks. Also it’s the one thing we all still refer to as software.

ESET is a company that is well aware of this, it’s work in the field dates back to 1992. Fast forward to today and PC security is essentially internet security. An off-the-grid and offline PC in 2021 is basically a safe-space. Go online though, and you’re susceptible to malware, identity theft, and cookies doing the opposite thing of being delicious. As a place where we socialise, play games, shop, bank, click on ‘forgot password’ links, PC protection software needs to do more than a single thing.

ESET Internet Security naturally features antivirus tools for scanning, monitoring, and repair, which has been part of ESET’s bread and butter for some time. It also monitors network access, provides tools for safe online transaction stuff like banking, and a mode that optimises PCs for gaming by disabling background tasks. All of this is great, but what sets ESET Internet Security apart from the other options out there is that it’s simple and powerful interface is also efficient. And takes up very little resources. It’s fast to the point where you won’t be able to gauge any real difference after installing it.

Cost, Setup, Features




As with all security software ESET Internet Security offers up an annual license for a single device for $59.95 AUD. It’s a pretty straightforward setup in terms of managing licenses from a single portal of smartphone app (ESET Internet Security also supports Android and macOS protection) though being limited to a single device feels a bit restricted considering that tech heavy users will usually be running more than one on a day-to-day basis. Setup is simple and smooth and thanks to the speed and low resource nature of the main application, it’s quick too.


What sets ESET Internet Security apart from the other options out there is that it’s simple and powerful interface is also efficient. And takes up very little resources.



In terms of features ESET Internet Security is stacked. For basic computer protections you’ve got real-time file and app protection, device control for when you connect something to your PC or laptop, webcam protection so only trusted apps can access it, and a dedicated Gamer Mode (more on that one in a bit).

ESET also offers quick access to see all devices connected to your home network in addition to taking over Firewall duties from Windows 10. It also adds protection from random network attacks, botnets, and the ability to outright blacklist IP addresses. All of this is enabled by default and happens in the background alongside internet stuff like keeping track of malicious websites, emails, spam, and phishing attempts. There’s even the option to run your browser with additional security for when you’re banking and Parental Controls which are also super handy when you’re not the only person using a device.

What makes all of this great is that not only has ESET Internet Security been highly rated by all security measurement checks it manages to do all of this whilst using up very little system resources. The application is fast to access when needed and even if you’re doing a deep scan your PC will run great.

Good to Game




Being quick and using up little to no system resources automatically makes ESET Internet Security perfect for a desktop gaming rig or a gaming laptop. The dedicated Gamer Mode is simply icing on the cake and the sort of thing that goes beyond pretending to boost your PC’s performance with a giant button that doesn’t really do all that much.

Here scheduled background tasks and pop-ups of all sorts are blocked, the same goes for any update trying to run in the background. CPU usage is decreased giving more hardware grunt to whatever game you’re firing up. It’s great and when enabled on a desktop rig we noticed a slight increase in performance, with no interruptions.


In terms of features ESET Internet Security is stacked. For basic computer protections you’ve got real-time file and app protection, device control for when you connect something to your PC or laptop, webcam protection so only trusted apps can access it, and a dedicated Gamer Mode.



On the gaming front, and any application front, there’s that whole thing of pop-ups to allow network access for that first time you fire something up -- which is all part of the process these days. But ESET’s implementation does feel a tad dated with having to add so many exceptions. It can be annoying but we’re not sure if there’s an alternative way for security software to go all nightclub bouncer and ask “Yo, is this a friend of yours? I don’t see them on the list”.

In the end, if you’re looking for a feature-packed and robust bit of security software for your rig or laptop ESET Internet Security is definitely something to consider. It’s efficient and accurate whilst taking up very little system resources and always runs fast. The Gamer Mode works great and outside of being limited to a single device per license the only real downside is the lack of a VPN solution for more secure browsing. That, and the android mascot on the cover reminded us of the 2004 Will Smith starring sci-fi film I, Robot. Not sure we needed a reminder that that was a thing that happened.
What we liked
Fast and efficient, takes up very few resources
Accurate antivirus and extensive protection
Secure browsing
Gamer Mode disables background tasks and frees up some memory and the CPU
What we didn't like
Firewall feels a tad dated in adding exceptions
No VPN
One license is limited to a single device
We gave it:
8.5
OUT OF 10