Bitdefender is the first security company to release the new 2013 product line to consumers. Bitdefender’s consumer product line consists of Antivirus Plus, Internet Security, and Total Security. Out of the three, Total Security offers the most protection as it contains all the features of Antivirus Plus and Internet Security version of their products, plus an anti-spam module, parental control, anti-theft, file backup and tune-up tools. One of the most prominent features of Bitdefender Total Security 2013 is Windows 8 support, making it the first ever security suite to officially support Windows 8.
Before going into the review, here is what you need to run Bitdefender Total Security 2013.
- Microsoft Windows XP SP3 (32 bit) , Vista (SP2), Windows 7 (SP1), Windows 8
- 800MHz processor or better
- 1 GB RAM or more
- 1.8 GB free hard drive space (at least 800 MB on the system drive)
INSTALLATION / SETUP
Bitdefender Total Security currently offers a small online setup that downloads the latest installation files from the internet. The best part about the online installer is that it scans your computer while downloading installation files. The installation process is streamlined for quick and easy installation. If you want, you can configure the installation directory, internet proxy settings and toggle P2P update. Enabling P2P update allows sharing of updates with other Bitdefender users.
Once the installation is complete, it displays a new network connection prompt with the option to set your network as home or public. After you have selected your preferred settings, you will be greeted with a Get Started option.
Selecting Get Started leads users to a setup-by-setup wizard to quickly setup Bitdefender. This is a great addition for inexperienced users who are not familiar with the settings and features of Bitdefender.
The first step provides users the choice to register the program with a license key or evaluate the program free for 90 days. Then users can manage how Bitdefender behaves and handles threats with the Autoplay and Automatic game mode settings. On enabling, Autoplay Bitdefender performs the recommended action without notifying the user. Automatic game mode on the other hand suppresses alerts during gaming or full screen operations.
After the appropriate behavior settings have been selected, the wizard offers users to disable modules that the user may not need for operation. For instance, if you do not use email clients you will not require the anti-spam module. In our test system, Bitdefender did not find any email clients and turned off the anti-spam module by default.
Bitdefender has decided to stay with same dark interface with some minor modifications here and there. A ring on the top shows the current security status of the suite with green for secure, yellow for problems that require attention and red for high security risks. Next to the security status rings, are events, settings and autopilot mode button. Events that require attention are marked with a Facebook style red notification.
On start, the interface displays the four default components Antivirus, Anti-spam, Privacy, and Firewall. To access all the modules you have to use the right/left slider. Other modules on the interface include Safebox, Update, Safego, and File Encryption.The interface is capable of rearranging the modules according to your preference. The module overview button lists all the modules and allows you to rearrange modules by simple dragging the icons.
The major functions of each component are listed on them to provide quick access. For instance, you can use the Scan Now option of the Antivirus module to perform a quick scan, custom scan, vulnerability scan and system scan.
NEW / IMPROVED FEATUES:
Bitdefender Total Security is highly packed with features but the suite is light as feather. A quick scan took around 2 minutes to complete. However, you must note that performance is highly dependent on the type of hardware you use.
The suite features a powerful antivirus engine, two-way firewall, anti-spam, identity theft, social networking protection, enhanced parental controls, browsing tools and an improved safebox that supports file sharing and synchronization.
One of the key new features included in this year’s edition is Safepay, a secure browser that protects your transaction while you are banking or shopping online. Safepay can be launched directly using the desktop shortcut or can be set to launch automatically when you visit banking/shopping web sites. Safepay provides a completely isolated environment with secure connection and a virtual keyboard for entering credentials. It protects you from malicious activities including screen recording, keystroke logging, and phishing attacks.
Bitdefender has provided us with five one-year single user licenses of Bitdefender Total Security 2013, which has a retail value of $65 (per license). Interested users can participate in the giveaway by logging into the Rafflecopter widget below.
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