It adds a layer of security against outside threats, and if you want to be extra cautious, you can call up Bitdefender’s virtual keyboard to protect yourself from keyloggers.
As with most AV programs, Bitdefender has different pricing options based on the number of PCs and year of coverage your purchase.
As with last year’s version, Bitdefender Internet Security 2017 includes a Safepay option for conducting online transactions.
In AV-Test.org’s latest evaluation, Bitdefender detected every single threat, including 164 zero-day malware samples and over 22,000 widespread and prevalent malware discovered in the past four weeks.
It did pick up a few false positives (3 out of more than 1.2 million samples used), but not enough to ding Bitdefender’s Usability score.
One reason we like Kaspersky because it consistently performs among the best AV programs, both in terms of identifying and blocking malware, and having a minimal impact on system performance.
That’s not to say it’s perfect—we recall one particularly annoying incident where Kaspersky had let a potentially unwanted program (PUP) lock our mouse cursor in a box.
Among the additional grab bag of goodies is a file shredder that overwrites deleted files so they’re near impossible to restore, the ability to create encrypted folders to keep sensitive files from prying eyes, password syncing among multiple devices, and PC clean-up tools, to name just a few.
You can find free alternatives to all of these, but having them all in one place is convenient.Honorable Mention Comes with handy utilities Additional subscription options for multiple PCs - PUP protection could be better As much as we like Bitdefender, there are other capable security suites out there.Kaspersky Internet Security is one of them, and in this instance, we recommended paying the upcharge for Kaspersky Total Security, a more fleshed out package with some handy utilities instead of just fluff.When it finds a third-party program that’s out of date, it gives a detailed report on the number of vulnerabilities and specific security threats it poses, and also provides a link to grab the newest version. Bitdefender Internet Security isn’t overflowing with features, but the ones it includes trend more towards helpful than fluff.Also, there are some new goodies in the 2017 edition.It did pick up a few false positives, but not enough to ding Bitdefender’s Usability score.