March 11, 2024 | Text: Markus Selinger | Awards
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AV-TEST Award 2023 for F-Secure

It’s award season again! With its AV-TEST Awards 2023, the AV-TEST Institute is honoring the vendors of security products for consumer users and corporate users for the thirteenth time. Throughout the year 2023, the renowned institute examined a multitude of products on Windows, MacOS and Android platforms in its labs and awarded its highly coveted test certificates for excellent performance. Only the products that constantly proved their worth by consistently achieving top values throughout all tests are now being presented with one or even several of the sought-after AV-TEST Awards 2023 as a trophy to honor their success. The AV-TEST Institute is looking forward to not only presenting its awards but also celebrating its 20th anniversary. The 2023 Award in the test category of Best Usability for Consumer Users under Windows goes to F-Secure.

AV-TEST Award 2023

for F-Secure


The AV-TEST Award – valuable confirmation of consistent IT security

Vendors, companies and users all expect a test structure that is constantly transparent and understandable, and AV-TEST fulfils every aspect of these expectations. All of the products tested at the AV-TEST Institute are subjected to a clearly defined test structure. The results of the tests are clearly documented, valid and authoritative. In the entire year 2023, the institute examined and evaluated security products at regular intervals in the test areas of Protection, Performance and Usability, using Windows, Mac and Android platforms. As an additional series of tests, the Advanced Threat Protection tests identify the special defensive capabilities of products, for example their ability to fend off ransomware or data stealers, in extremely detailed individual examinations.

All products that meet AV-TEST’s high criteria are awarded a certificate for tested security against IT threats. Products with achievements clearly above the industry standard when tested under Windows are additionally rewarded with the “TOP PRODUCT” label. At the end of 2023, all of the values recorded and labels awarded were combined to determine the winners of the AV-TEST Awards.

2024 is a special year for AV-TEST, marking the company’s 20th anniversary and its thirteenth award ceremony. At this year’s ceremony, 33 strong awards are being presented to 14 different vendors. Over the past twenty years, AV-TEST has conducted thousands of highly professional tests in its laboratories and published an abundance of expert reports. These have, in turn, provided IT security specialists and IT publications with a reliable source of information time and time again. Throughout the twenty years of the AV-TEST Institute to date, many vendors have also used the test certificates and awards presented by the company as evidence of their trustworthy status among retailers, traders and buyers.

AV-TEST Award for F-Secure – outstanding IT security

Consumer users don't always have it easy when it comes to protecting a Windows PC. On the one hand, they are happy if the protection software functions silently as a bodyguard in the background. On the other hand, pandemonium breaks out if the protection software sounds an alarm although the user is only using a popular program and carrying out an innocuous operation. Nothing has actually happened – it was false alarm! The lab also thoroughly examines this scenario in its Windows protection tests, awarding test scores accordingly.

For the best results in the Windows test involving friend-foe detection, in the test category of usability, F-Secure Total, formerly SAFE, receives the Best Usability Award for Consumer Users under Windows for its achievement.

“It is a distinct pleasure for us to present this award to F-Secure. Because over the past few years, the category of false positives was not exactly the vendor's strongest suit. But the ambition towards program improvement and the ongoing tests have now borne fruit. With the Best Usability Award for Consumer Users under Windows, F-Secure is receiving recognition for its hard work", states Maik Morgenstern, CEO of AV-TEST.

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