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Panda Security 2016 Review: Cloud-Based Malware Protection

By: Dennis Z
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This international company provides multi-device protection for anyone from home users to huge enterprises.

Their scalable solutions, impressive test scores and expert 24/7 premium support option don't leave anything to be desired.


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I went ahead and did all the research to sum up the important information for you in my Panda Security review.

Panda Gold Protection 2016 Interface

User Interface of Panda Gold Protection 2016

This review of Panda Security 2016 will cover all the products Panda offers and their differences, features, benefits, drawbacks, devices and OS, requirements and last but not least:

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Pros and Cons

Pros:
  • Top-tier malware protection
  • Excellent built-in firewall
  • Low price and high value for money
Cons:
  • Impairs PC performance during installation of applications
  • Not all features are available on Mac

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Background of Panda Security

Panda Security, initially known as Panda Software, was founded in Spain in 1990, and in '95 began expanding internationally after becoming a local industry leader and today this company has offices in the USA, UK, Germany, France, Austria, Belgium, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, China, Hong Kong, Japan and scores of other countries.

Since 2009, Panda is focused on providing cloud-based malware protection, and excels at doing so.

After all, this company is a pioneer in all matters of cloud-based security.

Today Panda boasts 30 million customers across the world with security software available in over 20 languages.

Panda Security Products and Bundles

Like all the best antivirus software companies, Panda offers multiple solutions, each being suitable to specific needs.

Panda Gold Protection 2016

This is by far the best value plan out of all of those described below because Panda Gold Protection offers all of their features and then some!

To be more specific, in addition to the lower-tier product (Global Protection), the Gold Protection 2016 plan offers you several important things:

Important note for Mac owners: Even if you purchase multiple licenses at once, you only get one Mac license, and the rest of the licenses can be used on any other devices.

Why?

My guess is that it's to dissuade small businesses from purchasing the Home version of Panda's cloud-based malware protection.


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Feature Comparison of Panda Security Plans

Panda Global Protection 2016

This plan provides a significant improvement over the "less-featury" Panda Internet Security by providing several utilities in addition to cloud-based virus protection.

The additional features Windows users will enjoy with Panda Global Protection are:

If you're a Mac owner though, the biggest perk this plan has over Internet Security is a smart watch control option which allows you to reach your phone to manage anti-theft features of your smartphone, and even to activate a remote selfie.


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Panda Internet Security 2016

This plan contains the essential Panda Antivirus Pro features and some additional crucial options.

For example, if you're a mac owner this is the most basic package you can purchase - the basic Antivirus Pro plan doesn't provide protection for Mac, but this one does.

For Windows users, you will receive an option for parental control, an online data shield and backup management.


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Panda Antivirus Pro 2016

Panda's cloud-based malware protection technology is an award-winning piece of technology, praised by authoritative security organizations such as AV-Test and VirusBulletin.

This plan offers the basic Windows antivirus (remember: Mac isn't covered by this plan), and superb Wi-Fi protection for your home network.

Furthermore, with Panda Antivirus Pro, your mobile devices will enjoy anti-theft protection and location services.

In addition to all of that you get Panda's standard technical support guarantee. More on that later in this Panda Security review.


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Panda Antivirus for Mac 2016

I'll just mention this because it's an actual product, but be advised that it retails at $69.99 and it's included in the Internet Security 2016 plan above, which is cheaper and offers more features.

So it's better for you to get Panda Internet Security or one of the more advanced plans.

Panda Mobile Security 2016

This plan provides great protection for your android device including tracking, controlling and locking your device remotely in case it was stolen.

You can get it separately for $4.89 or as part of your Internet Security plan.

Panda Security for Business

Depending on the size of your business, Panda Security offers these options.

Panda Security for Small Business

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Licenses cost $30 per device, and you can get up to 25 of them.


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Panda Security for Enterprise

As a cloud-based security provider, Panda has excellent tools and offers for big businesses.

Aside from offering all-round endpoint protection for all of your company's devices, Panda also offers centralized remote control, protection and management that covers all the endpoints, and a Gatedefender feature which enhances your company's network security.

Your business can enjoy email and web protection for all of your employees, regardless of their location - so if they're working remotely, your company's devices are still secured.

Strong, Simple and User-Friendly

Panda's Windows 10 themed user interface provides intuitive control over the safety of your computer and other devices.

The first screenshot on this page demonstrates this point very well - you can access every feature with a single click and perform all the required actions from one slick interface.

Independent Testing Scores

Panda Security's home edition was tested by AV-Test and returned brilliant results!

For Windows, Panda Antivirus 2016 received a perfect score of 6/6 for protection, successfully identifying 100% of 0-day malware attacks and 99.9% of prevalent malware.

Both of these test results are way above industry average and award Panda bragging rights for being one of the best cloud-based malware protection providers on the market.

Performance testing show that Panda Antivirus 2016 is on par with the industry or slightly below average in terms of burdening your system in your day-to-day computer usage. The exceptions in this test were the significant slowing down of the machine during app installations and file copying locally and within a local network. These results scored Panda only 4/6 points in the test.

It's not a huge compromise for top-class malware protection, but it's also worth to bear in mind that leading antivirus software like Norton Security performs much better without compromising on quality malware protection.

In terms of false positives, Panda Antivirus was better than the average with a very low rate of false positives, and it was awarded 5.5/6 points by AV-Test.

Panda Antivirus for Mac performed on par with industry leaders like BitDefender in terms of performance but not as well in terms of detection rates.

Devices and System Requirements

Panda has a version for any device, even a smart watch, as long as your system has the following (pretty basic) requirements.

The Panda Security 2016 software will work on any Windows from XP and onward, on computers with an internet connection, 256 MB of RAM, 240 MB of available disk space, and an active internet connection.

For Android, if you have version 2.3 or later, you're good.

As for Mac, you will need Mac OSx 10.6 or a later version, a minimum of a Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 200 MB of free disk space, and once again - an internet connection.

Additional Features and Tools

Panda offers a free Safe Web add-on which is essentially a sand box for your browser, and additional tools to clean up your browser by removing unnecessary and vulnerable plugins.

Another neat tool which Panda offers for free is the creation of a portable cleanup device (an ISO image or a USB) to disinfect your machine when it seems it's already too late and your PC won't boot up.

Alternatively, if your computer was compromised but it's still active, you can always use their free Cloud Cleaner to disinfect your PC directly without using any additional tools.

Customer Support

Panda Security offers premium 24/7 customer support including remote access by an expert to your machine, PC tune up and virus removal by the same expert.

You're only entitled to these features if you purchase the Gold Protection plan.

There's also a basic package for those customers who purchased a lesser subscription:

Basic phone support is provided 10/5, meaning Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm EST. You can also contact Panda via email and expect a response within 24 hours.

In addition to live support, panda provides the disinfection tools I mentioned above and a small FAQ section about their products. They are also active on social media - mainly on Twitter and Facebook.

My opinion?

When you have 30 million customers you can do better in terms of an online knowledge base.

Certifications and Awards

Panda won countless awards by the biggest independent reviewers like AV-Comparatives and AV-Test since 2010 when it became the first cloud-based malware protection service.

Value for Money

Panda provides excellent value for money to both home and business subscribers, especially with the exclusive antivirus discount I'm offering you.

My Conclusion

When you combine free self-service disinfection tools, expert security assistance, top notch cloud-based protection software and cross-device coverage, you get Panda Security 2016: a fierce beast that will protect your computer fearlessly.

Even if that means that your files will be copied a bit slower, you would be right to give Panda a try.

It's a very good antivirus software.


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By Dennis Z

Privacy fanatic & online marketing guru

A millennial privacy freak who wouldn’t normally even put his first name anywhere, not to mention his last name or his photo. Having learned basic programming at the advanced age of 11, computers have always been a part of his life in every aspect.

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Panda Security is a pioneer in the field of cloud-based security, steadily introducing new and innovative malware protection tools since 2009. Panda's antivirus engine and endpoint security tools are used by 30 million users worldwide: home users, small business owners, and enterprise clients entrust Panda Security with the protection of their devices and data.

Panda Security
Date published:April 13, 2017
8 / 10 stars

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