TopTenREVIEWS - Gold Award - Awarded for excellence in design, usability and feature set

Bitdefender Internet Security is always aware and on guard. Bitdefender protects hundreds of millions of users worldwide from known and unknown internet assailants. The TopTenREVIEWS Gold Award winner for internet security suites is an effective weapon against the evils of hackerdom. Bitdefender can protect you and your family from invisible attacks from all angles – from the internet, email, social media, USB drives, network-connected devices and chat conversations.

After running Bitdefender Internet Security through its paces, we must concur with a statement from Bitdefender's Chief Technology Officer: "We've given the home user product range a striking overhaul, offering sleek, silent defense from today's e-threats," said Bogdan Dumitru, Bitdefender CTO. "The new interface is very easy to use, and the addition of the optional Autopilot feature will meet the demands of those users looking for a hassle-free security experience."

The Bitdefender brand logo, the Dacian Dragon-Wolf, declares graphic hostility toward hackers who attack goodness. Half wolf and half dragon, the Dacian Wolf inspired confidence among ancient troops that carried it into battle by striking fear into enemies. Bitdefender's mantra is simple – Awake – meaning that it strives to be relentlessly aware and ready for battle. We find the brand avatar and mantra to be appropriate to the spirit of Bitdefender. If you arm yourself with Bitdefender, you can have confidence in the multiple ways that it protects you. Moreover, when hackers attempt to breach your defenses and encounter a Bitdefender guardian at your gates, they will lose confidence and move on to more vulnerable victims.

Performance
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9.7/10
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Malware detection is one of the most important aspects of robust internet security suites. Bitdefender’s protection is superior. The software consistently receives awards and certifications from third-party security testers. It demonstrates above-average malware detection rates. One of the reasons Bitdefender is so effective is that it scans all PC communications, both incoming and outgoing. The scans run in real time to stop threats before they infiltrate.

German-based AV-Test is one of the most respected third-party test labs. AV-Test has given top scores to the Bitdefender internet security suite for protection. Bitdefender applies three levels of defense against malware. The first level is to check for known virus signatures that Bitdefender has already collected in the cloud and for which there is a known cure. The second level is to detect unknown threats and isolate them in a virtualized environment. Once it has them corralled, the software monitors whether the suspected files attempt to modify certain files, communicate with sensitive areas or produce files that are associated with known viruses. If the virus behaves well in the virtual environment, Bitdefender allows it to operate normally. If it demonstrates suspicious behavior, the application either deletes it or sends it to quarantine. The third level of defense, called Active Virus Control, watches each specific process that is running on the PC. It then checks for any actions that resemble malware. Active Virus Control is different from technologies that monitor executable files when they start. It monitors processes continuously.

The Bitdefender Internet Security suite features a two-way firewall. The versatile firewall will automatically adjust its settings to fit your location. An integrated Wi-Fi monitor protects your computer from unwanted attempts to access your network. A disabled firewall will not do you much good, yet it is common practice for gamers to turn off firewall settings to access and run computer games. With Bitdefender’s gamer mode, there’s no need to disable then remember to re-enable the firewall. You will stay protected while you’re gaming. In addition, the gamer mode stops any interference while you’re in full screen mode for videos or presentations.

Features
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The Bitdefender Internet Security suite provides an exhaustive list of easy-to-use, helpful security tools for protecting your identity, your children and your PC. When you use a search engine, Bitdefender gives each URL a security rank. The website filter uses specific category definitions to block suspicious sites. You can also restrict, enable and monitor your child’s internet activity. You can configure the parental filters to block or allow websites, IM contacts and emails that contain flagged words or phrases. In addition, you can limit internet and application access to specific times or just give a time allotment to each child. With the parental controls and monitoring tools, it’s easy for parents to maintain control.

This security suite can quickly run full system scans, and you can schedule scans as well. Scans do not interfere while you are using your computer; scheduled scans only run when your system is idle. The Scan Dispatcher tool will only trigger a system scan when the PC resource usage falls below a set point. It also has a vulnerability scanner that checks for outdated software and needed Windows updates.

Consistent with its multi-layered approach to defenses, Bitdefender includes a free credit monitoring service for customers in the United States. The service provides you with real-time alerts if any changes appear on your credit reports.

Help & Support
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Bitdefender has an impressive support system with easy-to-access professional assistance and helpful resources. You can find answers to questions online. If you can’t find the information you need it’s easy to call (24/7), email or chat online. The vendor's blog contains interesting posts on relevant security topics. There is also a fascinating security news feed on the web site to educate visitors to security topics and emerging threats.

Bitdefender Internet Security Summary:
9.8/10

This internet security suite is streamlined and powerful. The product looks good and is a pleasure to use. Independent lab tests confirm that it is effective. The Bitdefender Internet Security suite keeps your computer clean and secure without sacrificing performance. It doesn't bother you to make decisions if you opt out of the decision-making process and set it to autopilot mode.

The Dacian Dragon-Wolf that serves as Bitdefender's logo is a fitting symbol for the sleek, formidable protection the software offers. Bitdefender detects malware attempting to infiltrate your system and dispatches it to the big malware graveyard in the sky. With social network protection, active virus control and unequaled security, Bitdefender Internet Security is the best protection available.

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Bitdefender Internet Security 2014

Pros
Bitdefender has an impressive high-scoring test history. It protects privacy on Facebook and Twitter.

Cons
This internet security suite does not include file shredding or file encryption.

The Verdict
: 9.78/10

Bitdefender is constantly aware and ready to combat threats.

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