Bitdefender To­tal Se­cu­rity

POW­ER­FUL PRO­TEC­TION AND LOTS OF FEA­TURES, BUT PRO­TEC­TION LAGS BE­HIND THIS YEAR’S LEAD­ERS

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This year, Bitdefender To­tal Se­cu­rity put in a good show­ing, with a to­tal ac­cu­racy rat­ing of 96%, putting it in the same league as AVG An­tiVirus Free. Drilling down into the re­sults re­veals the full pic­ture be­hind this qual­ity score.

Bitdefender man­aged a pro­tec­tion ac­cu­racy rat­ing of 91%. It blocked 94 threats, de­fended against ve fur­ther threats and al­lowed a sin­gle bit of mal­ware through. That makes the over­all pro­tec­tion bet­ter than AVG, which also let one bit of mal­ware through, but only man­aged a com­plete block on 85 bits of dam­ag­ing soft­ware.

PACK­AGE DEAL

Bitdefender has sev­eral pack­ages avail­able. In­ter­net Se­cu­rity costs $59.99 and sup­ports up to three Win­dows PCs, but has the most ba­sic pro­tec­tion. Pay an ex­tra ten dol­lars and you get Bitdefender To­tal Se­cu­rity, which we think is the best-value prod­uct. Here, you get sup­port for up to ve de­vices (An­droid, macOS and Win­dows), and more ad­vanced pro­tec­tion. At the top end is the Fam­ily Pack, which costs $79.99. This gives you un­lim­ited de­vices, so could be good for large house­holds.

The clean in­ter­face makes it easy to ac­cess all of Bitdefender To­tal Se­cu­rity’s fea­tures. With the Vul­ner­a­bil­ity Scan, you get a quick se­cu­rity health-check, with Bitdefender look­ing for crit­i­cal Win­dows and ap­pli­ca­tion up­dates, check­ing your Win­dows ac­count’s pass­word se­cu­rity, and even scan­ning your router to make sure that it’s not weak. This scan works well and gives you a quick over­view, high­light­ing the sim­ple things that you can change.

Re­mem­ber, hack­ers usu­ally go for the eas­i­est route in, so xing the sim­ple is­sues can re­ally boost your se­cu­rity. Think of it this way: if you had the world’s most ex­pen­sive lock put on your front door, but rou­tinely left your win­dows open, your house would soon be robbed.

There’s also a built-in VPN, al­though you only get 200MB of data per day, which isn’t go­ing to go very far. You can buy a sub­scrip­tion in­stead, but you’re prob­a­bly bet­ter off go­ing with a ded­i­cated VPN ser­vice in­stead.

Ran­somware pro­tec­tion is pre­sented as a sim­ple on/off switch, with Bitdefender look­ing for sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity and pro­tect­ing your les. How­ever, you can boost pro­tec­tion with Safe Files, which lets you set the fold­ers that you want to pro­tect from cor­rup­tion and harm­ful ma­nip­u­la­tion. By de­fault, your Doc­u­ments, Pho­tos and Video fold­ers are kept safe, with un­trusted ap­pli­ca­tions pre­vented from mak­ing any changes.

Un­der Pri­vacy, there’s the SafePay op­tion, which res up a hard­ened browser, so you can pay safely with­out wor­ry­ing about your de­tails be­ing stolen. Bitdefender will warn you when you come across fraud­u­lent pages.

STOP THIEF

Phys­i­cal se­cu­rity is taken care of with the Anti-theft mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem. It tracks your de­vice’s lo­ca­tion, based on its in­ter­net con­nec­tion. So a stolen com­puter that’s con­nected to a for­eign net­work should dial home and let you know where it is.

Startup and OneClick Op­ti­miz­ers are there to help boost your PC’s per­for­mance. These aren’t the kinds of tools that we use of­ten, and we pre­fer a man­ual cleanup to re­ally get our PC back to its best shape. Like­wise, the Disk Cleanup tool could be use­ful, but you can get free tools that show you this, such as the ex­cel­lent WinDirS­tat.

Se­cu­rity soft­ware can get in the way of everyday tasks, so Bitdefender To­tal Se­cu­rity has mul­ti­ple pro les that let you choose what you want to stop, such as back­ground tasks, Win­dows up­dates and popup mes­sages. Pro les are there for work, lms and games, and you can set a list of ap­pli­ca­tions for each that trig­gers each mode.

With this level of pro­tec­tion, ex­ist­ing Bitdefender users can rest easy know­ing that their com­put­ers are safe. How­ever, if you’re com­ing up for renewal or want to move up to paid­for soft­ware from free pro­tec­tion, Kaspersky Se­cu­rity Cloud is a bet­ter choice.

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