Panda Global Protection 2015 is the latest extension of Panda's strong all-round security suite, with protection for Windows, Mac, Android and iPhone.
The customisable Windows 8-style interface gives easy access to the suite's core features: antivirus, firewall, identity protection, spam filter, parental controls, virtual keyboard, online backup, file encryption and shredding.
Protection is enhanced this time with the new "XMT Smart Engineering engine", which has seen Panda regularly placed at or near the top in independent testing.
There are plenty of new and enhanced features. Parental Controls report on what your kids are doing online, and block access to the sites and site categories of your choice. A Data Shield alerts you when unknown applications try to access confidential documents. And a simple PC Tuneup module wipes junk files and your web histories (for IE, Chrome and Firefox), defragmenting your hard drive when it's done to maximize performance.
Built-in wifi protection now detects and highlights intruders. Cloud-based detection helps to reduce the program's demands on your resources, and so any performance impact is kept to a minimum.
Installation proved quick and easy for us, and the suite ran smoothly and without issue. We tested the package for compatibility, too, installing it alongside Norton Internet Security 2014, and there were no problems at all.
Keep in mind that Panda Global Protection 2015 also protects Android and Mac (just one of each by default, though you can pay to upgrade the licence and cover more). These don't offer the same level of functionality - the Mac client is antivirus-only - but the Android app does include location, remote lock and wiping tools, and on balance they're a definite plus.
Panda Global Protection 2015 is an excellent suite which offers accurate antivirus and several userful new features, while also being more lightweight and faster than before.