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!!