Bitdefender is a company known for their anti-malware products and one of their most selling products across the category is their Internet Security suite that is updated every year, bringing better features and security features to the program. The new version i.e. Bitdefender Internet Security 2019 has some really amazing features for Windows and in this article, we will be looking at everything that this security suite has to offer.
What is Bitdefender Internet Security 2019?
Bitdefender Internet Security 2019 is a suite of tools that focus mainly on three things. One is Protection, another is Performance and the third is Privacy. Simplifying the program into three different things doesn’t really do justice to the program since it comes with a lot of different sub-tools including protection from ransomware and even if you get affected with ransomware, your PC and the data will be safe thanks to this security program.
Bitdefender Internet Security 2019 – Features
As mentioned above, we will be segregating the features that are provided with Bitdefender Internet Security 2019 into three main parts.
- Protection: Which is responsible for keeping your computer malware free.
- Performance: Which makes sure that your computer is always in its top performing state. This is taken care of by the program by adapting to the system resources that are available.
- Privacy: This includes Bitdefender VPN, Social Network Protection, a Password Manager and more.
Let us take a deeper look at some of the most important features that Bitdefender Internet Security 2019 has to offer and we will end the review by reading my personal take on the security suite and if it is better than the Windows Defender security suite already available on Windows 10.
As soon as you launch Bitdefender Internet Security 2019, you will be greeted by the program’s main user interface and the dashboard. This will look similar to the image embedded above. As you can see, it has a bunch of important shortcuts to sub-features of the suite. You can also add a custom quick action using the Add a Quick Action button which will let you add something that you might use frequently on the dashboard.
The dashboard will be used to show tips, status updates about your security setup and more. You can consider the dashboard as the homepage of the security suite that will help you get started with the program.
As you can see in the image above, the Protection section mainly consists of all the anti-malware and anti-ransomware related features that help you stay protected. I am sure all of us know the main purpose of a security program which basically boils down to malware detection and protection.
This is handled by Bitdefender Internet Security 2019 using the Antivirus and Antispam section which will help you scan your computer’s files and processes for malware. You can choose to do a Quick Scan which will let you scan the programs running while scanning and the processes that are running in the background. This works exceptionally well because most of the lower level malware run in the background processes on Windows and a Quick Scan will do a quick search for malware running in the background. This is helpful in figuring out keyloggers, backdoor trojans and more.
Rescue Environment will reboot your computer in a recuse mode that will help you rescue a computer and its data when a computer is heavily affected by a malware. Clicking on this option will reboot your computer as mentioned, but it does so by rebooting your computer in a Linux based environment which makes it possible for you to rescue everything since malware for Windows don’t work on Linux unless they’re based on a script that is supported on both platforms.
The Quarantine Section will let you separate the infected files or the malware separate from the rest of the files on the computer. This section will place the infected files in an environment where they won’t be able to affect the computer and will be completely crippled so they cannot do any harm. The Quarantine section is also helpful when, in rare cases, Bitdefender IS 2019 detects false alarms and from there, you can set it as an exception so that Bitdefender doesn’t intrude the next time you run the program.
The Vulnerability Scan will scan your computer for pending updates for drivers and weak passwords along with Windows updates and if it finds anything that is worth informing, like a weak WiFi password, you will be prompted to take action against it and to make changes so that your network isn’t vulnerable to attacks.
The Bitdefender Firewall checks for applications that require network access and then it uses a pre-defined list or behavior based blocking or allowing preventing malware from abusing your network and sending out information that might prove harmful for you when leaked. You can manually check for the list of allowed applications and processes and then disable the network access in order to block the network access. This will work independently and will work by replacing the default Windows firewall providing you with easier to use options.
Antispam will monitor your local email client like Microsoft Outlook, Thunderbird etc. and it will filter out spam from your inbox automatically. You can add exceptions based on email IDs and domain names which makes it very easy to use and prevents you from getting into trouble due to a spam email.
Online Threat Prevention
This is where Bitdefender’s Internet Security tag works and it helps you prevent online attacks on your computer and your accounts. As you can see in the image above, the program comes with Search Advisor, Phishing protection, Encrypted web scan and more features that can be turned on and off depending on your usage.
Advanced Threat Defense
The Advanced Threat Defense will scan your computer for programs that might be hiding under a legit useful software but are actually doing something malicious on your computer. This is great because default programs like Windows Defender do not have the capability to detect such programs and with Bitdefender’s huge list of features and program recognition, this makes your computer less vulnerable from attacks when even a legit program gets infected.
Privacy Features – Password Manager, Webcam Protection, VPN, Safepay & more
Bitdefender Internet Security 2019 is also loaded with great privacy features that include a Password Manager to help you manage different passwords for different websites. This works in association with major browsers like Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox using an extension named Bitdefender Wallet.
VPN, on the other hand, masks your real IP address and hides your identity and location from websites and internet services. Bitdefender is using Hotspot Shield which is a great VPN if not the best. It would have been a great option to integrate another VPN into this of our choice. Keep in mind that the VPN isn’t included in the cost of the main security suite and you have to pay extra for the VPN subscription.
Webcam Protection will handle the webcam access and will show you a log of the apps that requested webcam access and at what time. This is a very nice feature to have since exploits in browsers can lead to unauthorized webcam access ultimately compromising with your own privacy.
Safepay, as the name suggests will make sure that the banking and card information that you enter while shopping online isn’t leaked or captured by malicious programs. A lot of people suffer huge losses every year due to their financial information leaking but having Safepay will keep the information safe, thereby making your online transactions exponentially safer.
Performance & Utilities
Bitdefender also includes a bunch of utilities that you can use in order to maintain your computer and these utilities include things like Battery Mode which will help you extend the battery life of your computer if you have Bitdefender installed on your laptop. Other modes include Game, Movie and Work modes and they work exactly as their name suggests.
My personal take on Bitdefender Internet Security 2019
I moved from Windows Defender to Bitdefender Internet Security 2019 due to some major reasons which were, search protection, Safepay, privacy features that the Windows Defender suite clearly lacks. With Bitdefender, I also have the ability to deep scan programs that aren’t detected as infected or malicious which helps a lot because I use the internet mainly for my work. The included password manager is also a great thing to have since it makes logging into websites and remembering passwords very simple.
The Bitdefender Internet Security 2019 also doesn’t burn a hole in your pocket. It is priced at $79.99 but as of writing this review, the security suite is being offered at 50% off which makes the effective price to be $39.98. This does not include the cost of the VPN and if you include Bitdefender VPN into the deal, you add an extra $39.99 which makes the price $79.99 which is the original price of Bitdefender Internet Security 2019 but with the advantage of having VPN protection.
Also keep in mind that the prices mentioned above are for a license that works on three different computers so you can either buy it for your own computer, or you can group buy it with your friends to make it an even sweeter deal. In the same way, license for 5 computers and 10 computers boils down to $84.99 and $89.99 which is an amazing price for a security suite of this caliber.