Bitdefender Total Security 2018 (5-Devices) (1-Year Subscription) - Android|Mac|Windows|iOS [Digital]

Keep files and passwords safe with Bitdefender Total Security 2018 software. It offers increased privacy with web browsing, so your information is protected from potential hackers, and it delivers multilayered ransomware defense for sensitive documents. Bitdefender Total Security 2018 software has game, movie and work modes, so it won’t interrupt you during an entertainment session.
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    • Bitdefender Total Security 2018 (5-Devices) (1-Year Subscription)

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    91% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (99 out of 109)

    Product Details


    • Publisher: Bitdefender
    • Release Date: 09/24/2017
    • Cloud Based Software: No
    • Subscription: Yes
    • Parental Controls: Yes

    Features


    Complete protection for Windows, Mac OS, iOS, and Android

    Unbeatable malware detection

    Better privacy with Webcam Protection

    Multilayered ransomware protection to keep your files safe

    Optimized speed and cross-platform performance

    Comprehensive support 24/7



    Customer rating

    4.6
    91%
    would recommend to a friend

    Pros

    Cons

    • The best part of this highly capable suite is that it takes up a small storage footprint and its real-time agent isn't hogging precious system resources.GadgetGuy1981
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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Fantasic, low impact security suite, across Window

      Posted
      blah
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      I am coming from being a loyal user of Kaspersky Internet Security of many years. After recent news reports, in the United States, and also in the United Kingdom, I decided to move away from Kaspersky, and moved on to try Bitdefender. As much as I liked Kaspersky, I like Bitdefender Total Security even more. Bitdefender seems to run on Windows 10 at least, as less of a system resource. I love how bitdefender works across not just your PC, but also forces you to make an online account, keeps track of your 5 licences, up to 5 total in my package, for Windows, Mac, Android, or iOS. As of date, I have it installed on both two PCs, and 1 android phone. The Android version runs really well too. Much better than the Android AVAST Security which also slowed my phone down. Bitdefender updated virus and threats on a daily basis. I also find that it blocks malicious website all the time. The one thing I wish it did in regards to malicious websites, which I have not seen, is be able to allow certain websites, or IP addresses that it flags as malicious, on an individual basis. The website defense is either “ON” or “OFF” and I have not yet found a way to allow certain URLs, or IP addresses to an “allow” list like MalwareBytes Anti-Malware, and Kaspersky Internet Security allow you to. If they added this, it would be even better! You can whitelist certain kinds of programs, like games, on the Windows portion, so you are not bogging your system down while playing games. Many other security suites do this, and I am very happy they do it as well. There is also a “SafeFile” feature which is great, for cordon off files from potential ransomware attacks. It protects your main documents folders in windows, but you can add more. Not sure if this would work or not in a real world scenario, but hey it is great to know it is there! There are so many features I could be here for days writing about them, but one really useful one, was it will scan your system, and even home network, for potential security issues, advise you what to do about them as well. For example, I always keep my Windows 10 system up to date, but BitDefender recently advised me I somehow missed a Windows Malicious software update from several months ago, told me about it, and had an option to update it. If you have kids, they also have a Parental Advisor which can block objectionable material and also how much time they spend on the internet. It cannot however block specific programs from running. Getting started you need to first make an online web account. You can then track all your installations thru their web interface, and do certain kinds of actions remotely too. The Windows and Android versions also, if you set it up, will track your missing laptop or android phone. I have yet to try this feature, but for me, the anrdoid version of this would be most valuable. Once you designate a secondary phone # in your account, you can do things like wipe your phone if you think someone has gotten your phone and you are afraid of them accessing your phone, and apps, etc. Overall, this is incredibly well thought out software!! Big THUMBS UP!!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Peace of mind for Mac or PC people.

      Posted
      Trobadour
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      The installation of Bitdefender was quick and easy. I just had to go to the website in the installation card and the instructions on the card itself were accurate and simple to follow. On a 140 Mbps download speed, it took a little under 30 seconds to download the client. After the client downloaded the software, Bitdefender installed itself onto my PC and informed me that I needed an update for it. The update did take about 3 minutes, but after that it was up and running. The key feature of security software is that it can defend up to 5 devices for 1 price and can all be managed remotely with the mobile app, including both Android and iOS. The performance this software is superb! The installation was quick on my first device, a Windows 10 PC. After the installation was done, the options to add further devices was presented to me. I chose the Mac option and a field box appeared to enter my email address that I could open in a mac to directly download the necessary files to secure my Mac. The process, again, was quick and easy. From there, I installed the app on my iOS and was able to see both of my previously installed devices plus had the option to install parental security on the mobile phone. The software meets my expectations. With the app, I have a peace of mind knowing that I can keep track of my devices from anywhere that I am. I often leave my computers at home on because I have them working in the background with large video files that take time to export or upload. With the app, I can monitor my home devices remotely. I appreciate that Bitdefender Total Security didn’t make me buy different softwares for my Mac and my PC. All with one code, I can protect any 5 devices of my choice. The price for peace of mind is more than affordable and worth the value. As a gamer, I appreciate the fact that it comes with game mode so that it doesn’t interrupt the installation or function of my games. When in work mode, any software that I install or am using continues functioning as it should. It even installs extensions to protect you while live-browsing the net in case you go into a website that could prove disastrous to you. I highly recommend this product for people who are interested in protecting multiple devices regardless of whether you want total control (which it gives you) or don’t understand how it may protect you, as there is an autopilot mode that, after installation, doesn’t require you to have much input and it will do most of the heavy lifting in the background for you.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Fast. Low CPU usage. Great AV/Malware Detection.

      Posted
      NYY0420A
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      I have used an assortment of antivirus security suites over my lifetime from the likes of Avast, Norton, AVG, Webroot, McAfee and Bitdefender. We are now living in an age where mobile security is just as important as desktop, server or laptop protection. More and more sensitive information is being accessed on our smart phones and tablets as we move forward and total security solutions are becoming more vital. Bitdefender Total Security 2018 does a wonderful job tackling on this challenge. Installation on my desktop, Android tablet and iOS devices was a breeze. The user interface has a very clean but sleek looking design; it's intuitive and incredibly simple to navigate. Updating the software is so easy with the option appearing at the front page instead of having to painfully search for it in my past experiences with other brand suites. All settings can be accessed via the left hand side toolbar icons. Whether it's contacting the support team, notifications, Optimizer tools or Privacy settings, they can easily be found and the upper left hand corner drop down option details what each icon represents for first timers. Performance wise this product is simply great overall. This is my first time using the Auto Pilot feature with Bitdefender products and it works great. It takes the hassle away from manually updating the program, continuously scans in the background, provides firewall and privacy protection as well. The application itself seems take an unnoticeable hit on system resources while running in the background. That is a huge plus for me as my experience with most security suites entailed noticeable slowdown in system performance while running silently and especially when scanning. I have no such issues with Bitdefender so far. Scans are fast compared to the competition. This welcoming pleasant experience is the same for my Samsung Galaxy Tablet and iPhones. Minimal resource impact and lightning fast performance. The mobile side allows for wiping and locating of mobile devices which is definitely a plus. Safepay is a solid feature for better banking or credit payment protection. App, File and Web protection have worked very well so far. Bitdefender has safely warned and steered me away from suspicious files and websites better than ever before. Bitdefender Total Security 2018 is an excellent product for desktop computers and mobile devices alike. It's attractive and intuitive interface is great for experienced users but especially for beginners or first timers. I have always been frustrated with security suites with all these features and options that you have to struggle or dig deeper to find. No frustration here. Minimal system resource impact and fast scans! Highly recommended security solution!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      powerful, easy-to-use virus protection

      Posted
      TECHBEENGOOD
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      Bitdefender Total Security 2018: . . . There are pirates and highwaymen and kidnappers . . . wait . . wrong century. Now it’s viruses, ransomware, adware or other malware. I prefer to witness these woes from behind a wall and not as a victim. Despite owning a Mac, with Apple’s own built-in protection, our computers are not immune from every threat. And the risk is only increasing. With so much bait out there on social networks, on blogs, via links to seemingly innocent sites, it’s inevitable that I’ll find myself at the wrong site. And, I’ve got family members who are not at all sophisticated with tech. Bitdefender Total Security is a highly regarded, trustworthy antivirus software that I’m quite satisfied with. Installation: Bitdefender was as easy as any other software to install. You’ll need to set up a Bitdefender account. There are extra steps associated with managing my mobile phones and tablets. But, the instructions are clear and the process runs without a hitch. Bitdefender builds security into the installs, requiring activation codes to change anything on your computer or phone. This enables one of Bitdefender’s neat security tricks: it can track, lock, or wipe your phone from the Bitdefender “CENTRAL” account you have established. Uninstalling looks to be equally easy, a simple selection on your account page. [Compare this to the nightmarish behavior of some of the competition, which notoriously acts like malware.] Operations: It’s hard to review a product that disappears into the background. Bitdefender is always working if you’ve set it on AutoPilot. You just can’t tell until something requires your attention. It is installed up on your Finder Bar, where you can find it for special scanning tasks or configuring preferences. While I continued to do my usual activities, which includes listening to music, web browsing in multiple windows, collecting email, I set Bitdefender to scan my Apple TimeCapsule over my network. I would have forgotten that was going on, but I left that window open, too. [Installation and activity for this review was accomplished on my MacBook Pro i7 3.5Ghz using my HD + 4K multi-screen setup.] My CPU Activity Monitor Utility indicates that Bitdefender uses 1% of my laptop computer’s processing power. Activity Monitor, itself, uses 2X that fraction when it operates! The memory burden is the same as my Dock, 60mb. As you might imagine, I’m not very concerned about CPU or memory overhead demands. Nothing seemed to be working slower. I’ve had Bitdefender on my iPhone, too, for long enough to realize I don’t know it’s sitting behind the scenes, watching for threats. That’s how I like it; do you job, no need to attract my attention. Bitdefender is slightly more visible on your browser header, looking like a single TRAFFICLIGHT. There, it reminds you that your site visits are being tested for known threats. For some added detail about tracking elements hidden on those sites, “click” on the TRAFFICLIGHT icon. Opening the Preferences of the desktop application illustrates my favorite feature of Bitdefender: there are descriptions on items that might be ambiguous, everything makes sense, and most everything else is intuitive for naive computer users. Bitdefender shows it doesn’t have to be complicated. I’ve become especially attentive about user friendliness as I grow old with technology. I’m not very tolerant if products are in any way aggravating. Not a problem with Bitdefender. It’s a powerful, easy-to-use virus protection solution, and it adds significantly to my confidence as I wander around the Internet. Be careful folks.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Solid security for devices and computers

      Posted
      JustBeingHonest
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      This is my first time using Bitdefender and I have to say, I really like it. No longer do I see the computer struggling to run the program because it takes too much ram. My computer runs smoothly and the program is very intuitive, with an easy to use interface even for the novice security program users. Online, you can access Bitdefender CENTRAL which is basically a dashboard that lets you see all the devices you are protecting. Historically, I read that Bitdefender has been one of the highest rated security programs and I can see why. What you get for this year subscription is the protection of 5 devices, with tailored protection. On the computer, you get: Quick scan, vulnerability scan, app protection, file protection, and web protection, anti virus, firewall, antispam, and protected folders. Additionally: Password manager, file encryption, webcam protection, parental advisor, and data protection with file shredder. Disk cleanup, anti-theft, start-up optimizer, and oneclick optimizer. It has its own web browser for highly secured and protected connections. On mobile: In addition to all above, it protects the browsers, and also has a cool feature that will snap a photo if a wrong password is input. The anti-theft will let a designated user wipe the phone remotely or lock it if it gets stolen. Also scans all apps and provides real time protection. Another neat feature that I don't use but probably will tinker with, is parental advisor. It allows a parent to see how much time your child is spending online, and where. It tracks the child's interests and social behavior to help ensure safety. My children are still too little for this, but I can see this being SUPER useful for parents with children that have online or mobile phone access. Overall, a solid security system that is worth its protection if you have multiple valuable devices, and valuable data.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Easy to use

      Posted
      SgtRock
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      I've used a multitude of anti-virus software over the years and have never had any major issues (knock on wood). One of the problems with testing a product like this is you assume it's working (no viruses) until you discover it's not (viruses). I've had this installed for about two weeks over 4 different computers and so far, so good (with a little knock on wood, of course). In looking at major website reviews bitdefender is always near the top, but one thing all programs of this type seem to have in common is no software can block everything. They're usually graded on percentages and what happens when you visit known malware sites (which you should only do if you're a professional). I would never recommend having just one form of protection. I typically use the free malwarebytes program (at a minimum) along with any antivirus software. At this point so far bitdefender hasn't let anything through. It also says it has "ransomware" protection, but I honestly couldn't tell you how that differs from any other virus. Bitdefender is VERY easy to use and install, with only one small hiccup--like most programs of this type it will have you uninstall any other anti-virus software you have installed. The easiest part is when you have a multi-device account you can log in at any time, from any computer, and immediately install it on that device. You can check your system status at any time, run scans whenever you want, or just set it to "auto-pilot" and not worry about it again. For me the "game" mode has been the most vital, as I play a lot of online games and it's a hassle when a program won't let you connect, or tries to run while you're playing and slows down the action. I've had no troubles in game mode at all. I haven't tried "movie' mode, but I have tried "work" mode and have seen no issues there either. There are a couple of nice things this software adds that you can't typically find in free anti-software programs. The system clean-up is good, and the optimizer tools all seem very good (particularly the start-up optimizer, which improved my older laptop boot-time by half). The best part of this software is it's simplicity, and the fact that you can see your system status from anywhere when you log into your account. For easy to use and effective anti-virus software this a very good program.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Don't go without some protection

      Posted
      DavidJr
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      I wouldn’t go without at least a minimum anti-virus/malware software on any internet connected device and BitDefender does cover the basics of that for Windows, Android and Mac devices. This package allows for one purchase to be linked to multiple devices and with that allows you to use Anti-theft features from their website for your mobile devices. The Anti-Theft features are nice, but at the same time already a feature provided through most Google and all iCloud linked devices. However, Bitdefender, once set, allows you to use SMS text commands from a trusted phone number to perform location, lock, and wipe. For the PC one feature I felt is missing is firewall control. I had no option to control what specifically was communicating to the internet and when it did it, like a different product that would notify me of each communication until I trusted the program. On Android devices the Privacy Advisor does notify you if an application has permissions to access sensitive data, such as location and browsing history. However, the only option to help you restrict those application is to uninstall them. Additional features include VPN, which is powered by HotSpot Shield and limited unless you get a premium subscription. Applock allows you to require additional authentication to access specific apps, so for instance if you let someone use your phone, they would need an additional PIN to get into your locked apps, like email. Reports are basic numbers and gives a privacy rating based on what permissions applications have. Account Privacy is good for anyone that has not already checked through a free service to see if your emails have been compromised through a site breach. However, the down side to this is that once you configure it for your account, it is now displayed on every device that you have linked to Bitdefender. For instance, I have it set on my PC and cell phone, then set it up on my daughters iPhone. Now she can see that my email was compromised through multiple dating sites that she does not need to know my account was once registered to. As for the iPhone, Bitdefender is essentially useless and though I can’t prove it, I think it corrupted my phone. It requires additional permission, requires downloading of certificates and all kinds of things that you never typically do for an iPhone application only for it to allow you to use the Anti-Theft features, which iCloud already does, and the account privacy as mentioned above. Overall, I wouldn’t go out of my way to get Bitdefeneder over other security suites. However, when it is offered with the purchases of Best Buy products I wouldn’t turn it down and go without some sort of protection.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      impressive PC product, mobile not so much

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      Bappy
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      I have been using BitDefender 2018 Total Security on a few machines, one a virtual Windows 8.1, two Windows 10 and an Android tablet. For the most part the product has worked seamlessly except the Android version seems to have some glitches, navigation within a local TV news app where navigation no longer functions the same, and web video playback seems to stutter and buffer. I’ll know more with additional use, but so far it seems to be destined for an uninstall. This review will center around the PC version which seems to be pretty light on system resources and does not appear to have any real impact on a PC. The interface is much like others and you can access many of the functions from the main panel, with menu options along the left side of the application interface. The program took a long time to install, with much of it taken up by a prescan of your system. Once installed it takes a while to download updated virus definitions, subsequently the update process seems to be quicker. The real-time protection seems to perform well, with not much of a performance hit. System scans are not as quick as I have seen with other virus protection products. There is a password manager included, along with a file shredder. I have not yet had to explore some of the other configuration options, including application access or the firewall. This is a good thing as you can let the autopilot function do its thing, which basically lets you run the product with the default options. I do like that with this product includes a startup optimizer, which allows you to configure which programs run at startup, unlike other security products it does not require you to logout and login as an administrator when implementing these settings, it will just prompt you for elevated credentials. The Disk Cleanup utility is a little confusing, not sure how it operates as it does not appear to do the usual web browser and temp file cleanup as other security programs do. Again this will require more reading of the documentation to determine how this function operates. Autopilot mode seems to be a good option for most users as it takes away the need to get your hands dirty with configuration options. Overall I am happy with BitDefender 2018 Total Security and have yet ran into any infection issues. Pros: - fast realtime protection, minimal performance impact - nice interface - includes Mac, IOS and Android versions Cons: - not the fastest system scans - mobile versions not as impressive - installation could be quicker

      I would recommend this to a friend



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