- Simple interface
- Solid parental controls
- Useful included utilities
- Not as proactive as competing suites
- Anti-spam support lacking
- Large installation file
By Charles P. Jefferies
Trend Micro recently rolled out its Titanium line of products; today we take a look at the top-end Titanium Maximum Security 2011 suite.
Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security 2011 is a full security suite designed for multi-user households. It has an MSRP of $79.99 and covers three PCs for one year; compare this to the company’s basic AntiSpyware+AntiVirus, which is $39.99 and covers only one PC.
Maximum Security offers a number of extra features to compensate for the price hike. In addition to antivirus and antispyware protection, it also includes the following:
- Windows Firewall optimization
- Parental controls
- System performance tuner
- Secure file erase utility
I find it interesting that an individual firewall component is not included — rather, Maximum Security simply “optimizes” Windows’ built-in firewall. I will test how well that works in this review.
Download & Installation
Maximum Security is a 105MB download, which is large but average for a full security suite. The install was straightforward; it took four minutes to complete and did not require a restart. Once installed, the program automatically updated.
Trend Micro has a small and simplistic interface. A large icon at the top left indicates overall security status — green means good to go. The middle section shows the status of four program components, which can be expanded by clicking the arrow; below that are clickable buttons for tools, a system scanner, settings, and a security report.
The tools section is also simplistic in nature. Clicking on any of the icons launches a wizard to help you set up the component.
Maximum Security has relatively few configuration options next to competitors; for the majority of people this will not be a problem. Poking around in the settings revealed that the “Firewall booster” was not turned on by default. As it stands, Trend Micro relies on Windows’ built-in firewall instead of including its own. With Firewall booster turned on, protection is supposedly increased.
Overall, the program interface is quite novice in nature. Its usability is satisfactory and most users will likely not have a problem navigating around.