Bitdefender Total Security 2019: Review
Bitdefender has now updated its security solution to 2019 version. Bitdefender Total Security 2019 is the new top of the line protection suite. Total Security 2019 is a multi-device license just like the previous year's protection. Hence it allows you to select the platform of your choice. Now you can get Bitdefender 2019 protection on Windows, Android, iOS, and Mac. Also, not to forget, the convenience of managing one subscription with Bitdefender Central Account which makes it really easy to use, activate and reinstall Bitdefender product anytime if necessary.
Bitdefender Total Security 2019 Review Summary
Bitdefender Total Security 2019$88.95
Support Response Time5.0/10
- Modern & Clean Interface
- Minimal Performance Impact
- Fail Proof Malware Module
- Central Account Provides Good Control
- Firewall adds per app permission
- No official offline Installer
- OneClick Optimizer is not automated
- Parental Advisor needs more detailing
- 2nd level support takes nearly 48 hours to respond
- No significant changes from 2018 version
Bitdefender Total Security 2018 Protection Includes:
- Total Security 2018: Compatible with Windows 7, 8 and Windows 10
- Antivirus for Mac: Compatible with OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.5) and above
- Bitdefender Mobile Security: Compatible with Android 3.0 and up
- iOS Protection: Protects iOS privacy issues
Bitdefender Total Security 2019: New Features
In this article, we will focus on the Windows version, which is Bitdefender Total Security 2019. It seems that Bitdefender has been keeping Windows 10 at the center of its development focus since the last release. Although very little has changed in the new version, there are a few notable feature improvements underneath.
First of all, here are the new features on offer.
We will update this review as soon as Bitdefender adds or improves feature in any of its future updates.
Bitdefender Total Security 2019: Installation
Installation procedure for Bitdefender Total Security 2019 is exactly the same as it was in the 2018 version. The difference is just in color of the screen from black to white. Bitdefender has adopted white theme in 2019 version.
Bitdefender Central Account is the one place to add a license, download the application and also manage the protection for all devices. We will discuss features of Central Account a bit later.
As mentioned in above section Bitdefender 2019 installation window has the same interface as before. It displays the size of file download left and the speed with which the download is happening. This information is always helpful. In our tests, Installations went smooth.
Just like the 2018 version, there are no offline setup files officially available this time. You can get the Web Installer from Bitdefender Central account. However, in past, we have also provided the Bitdefender 2018 Offline Installer links. In the same way, we have already pulled up Bitdefender 2019 offline installers.
These links are from Bitdefender server and hence there is no need to worry.
Bitdefender Total Security 2019: Homescreen
As discussed earlier, Bitdefender 2019 has a new interface. The base design is the same as the previous version. However, you can see redesigned icons at the left menu panel which look much more sleek and modern.
The homescreen displays a lot of valuable information and provides easy navigation to the rest of the areas through a well-designed menu. When you click on any of these menu items, additional related details are shown on the app's main screen.
The good this about the 2019 version is that you can completely customize your homescreen. All you have to do is, hover the mouse on the module. You will see an edit button which will allow you to place any module you want from the available choices.
I feel that this interface is better than the 2018 version. It makes understanding the interface easy for first-time users. If you are a regular user you will need some getting used to.
Bitdefender Total Security 2019: Protection Modules
Practically there is no change in the major modules. Rather than adding new inclusions, it looks like Bitdefender is focusing on perfecting its existing features which is the right way to go and a much welcome approach. Given below are the modules available with Bitdefender Total Security 2019.
All the modules have tool-tips to give basic information about their function.
Bitdefender Total Security 2019: Antivirus
Antivirus module allows you to configure the way Bitdefender scans your system. You can also define its post infection-detection behavior. This is done by setting custom scan action. Options to set scan exclusion and quarantine item control are also available.
Furthermore, you can perform a Full System Scan and create custom scan schedules in this module.
Bitdefender Total Security 2019: Online Threat Prevention
This module allows you to configure browsing protection. It blocks known unsafe websites and you can configure it's behavior too by guiding Bitdefender on what to scan. Search Advisor, Scan SSL, Protection against Fraud and Phishing are some of the options that you can control in this module.
You also have the choice to whitelist websites that you know for sure are safe. The whitelist option is also useful to unblock a blocked website manually. Practice extreme caution while making these changes.
We have noticed that keeping the Web protection in full security sometimes tends to slow down web page loading. Besides, it can block some company internal websites too. A valid reason for that is that internal company websites often use custom SSL certificates. Hence, if you are facing these issues, just try to change the settings appropriately to unblock your company web pages or disable web protection for some time.
Bitdefender Total Security 2019: Vulnerability Review
This scan checks for old applications, weak passwords, and critical Windows and Wi-Fi network security. The only option you can tweak here is the criteria for which you do not want scan to run. Not only does it scans for vulnerability issues but also updates applications that are missing important updates and security patches.
Third party applications have the link to their respective download pages. Also, Bitdefender Total Security 2019 informs you about critical Windows updates.
Bitdefender Total Security 2019: Firewall Review
The firewall module protects you from network port scans and unauthorized network activity. Beside that, you can create your own rules to allow or block network access to your windows applications. You can also set Adapter Settings, and creating rules is most helpful in situations when Bitdefender is blocking your network devices like printers, scanners, etc.
Bitdefender Total Security 2019 has finally added more user control to the firewall. Now you can review network access to each application on the go.
Advanced home users prefer having more control over their network. Hence, per app network access request is very useful. A plus point over the previous version.
Bitdefender Total Security 2018: Antispam
Enabling antispam filters helps you to protect threats in your email client. Also, it uses cloud protection to detect email behavior. Hence, your desktop email client is safe. Bitdefender scans and blocks any suspicious email attachment.
Bitdefender Total Security 2019: Advanced Threat Defense
This module was made an integral part since Bitdefender 2018. It implements automatic behavioral analysis of application installed on your system. Now, as soon as Bitdefender detects any suspicious behavior it will proactively block the application and keep you safe.
You can add your trusted applications to whitelist and avoid any chance of inconvenience.
This is indeed a good move on their part.
Bitdefender Total Security 2019: Safe Files
All you have to in this section is add all your important file locations. Once you do this, Bitdefender keeps these files safe from any ransomware attacks. So even if a modern ransomware infects your system by bypassing Advanced Threat Defense, it won't be able to lock your files in any way. Bitdefender Total Security 2019 keeps your important files safe in this scenario.
I appreciate Bitdefender's improvements in this section. Not only can you lock important files but also allow only trusted apps access to those locked files. Hence, there will be no inconvenience in your day-to-day work. Bitdefender has in fact announced complete security against many known malware.
Bitdefender Total Security 2019: Privacy Module
This module allows you to control the privacy aspects of your digital interactions. The Tools that you have in this module are:
Bitdefender 2019 Webcam Protection Review
Webcam Protection was also included in Bitdefender 2018 version. It blocks applications from making unauthorized webcam access. You can let Bitdefender handle the decision of blocking apps from webcam access.
A good note here is that you get notified whenever any application tries to connect to the webcam. Hence, with this feature turned on, you can be assured that no one is watching you.
Bitdefender 2019 Safepay Review
Bitdefender Safepay provides hacker free browsing and protects your online payments. You can use Safepay to make secure transactions online. It eliminates the fear of keyloggers, phishing attempts, etc. Safepay gives you an isolated browser environment. Bitdefender Total Security 2018 has enhanced its Safepay experience. Hence, you get the same overall features with an improved security.
Bitdefender Wallet: Password Manager Review
Wallet module is a password manager application in Bitdefender Total Security 2019. It allows you to save website logins so that you don't have to remember each of them separately. It motivates the use of new and complicated passwords for each website.
With Bitdefender Wallet, you do not have to remember any of those passwords, just the one master password. Bitdefender Wallet assists logins in browsers with the help of a browser plugin.
You need to keep one master password to keep your Wallet safe. Create this master password with extreme caution and follow best password practices. Post unlocking wallet, you can access all your saved passwords. Also, you can select applications that can use your Bitdefender Wallet. Having a worry free transaction with auto form-filling is a great option to have.
If you are already using services like LastPass or Sticky Password then this wallet is of no use.
Bitdefender 2019 File Encryption Review
If you have sensitive files that needs protection from others, File Encryption tool is at your disposal. It is an easy and efficient tool. All you have to do is create a vault, place your files and encrypt it.
Bitdefender Created a virtual secure drive which is hidden when you password encrypt and lock it.
Bitdefender 2019 File Shredder: Data Protection
As the description says, you can securely delete sensitive files with this tool. This option also integrates with right-click context menu. Hence, you can right click on any file and permanently delete it.
Bitdefender VPN: Go Anonymous
Bitdefender added the VPN to their product line from the mid of 2018 version. By default it is not installed. However, you can easily install it by clicking on the VPN module. Once the installation is done, using it is straight forward.
The Free VPN allows only 200 MB of data every day. Also, you cannot select the server of your choice in the Free edition. To activate the VPN premium subscription you will have to buy a separate License Key and add it to your Bitdefender Central Account.
Bitdefender VPN Speed Tests
I made my tests on a stable internet connection with speed 200Mbps. The above four tests were made with VPN servers in US, UK, Australia & Canada. I must say that the speed received was impressive.
Bitdefender VPN Vs Dedicated VPNs [Functionality]
Comparing Bitdefender VPN with dedicated VPN solutions, I find that the features offered are not sufficient.
Bitdefender VPN only has a connect option. There is no option to select the connection protocol or change other settings which is available in any dedicated VPN solution. No availability of advanced features like kill switch when VPN connection drops.
Bitdefender VPN is not a Zero Log solution. Hence, if you are looking for a complete privacy VPN solution, this VPN is not for you.
Bitdefender Total Security 2019: Utilities Module
The tools present in this module help you to keep your system junk free. You have the following options in this module:
OneClick Optimizer cleans Garbage Windows files. It includes disk scan, registry scan, and privacy scan. These are temporary and leftover files that takes up disk space. Regular cleaning of these files keeps your Windows running smoothly.
To emphasize, be careful with Privacy cleanup. If you do not want to lose important browser bookmarks and saved passwords, check the available options properly before performing a complete cleanup.
allows you to manage Windows Startup applications. A significantly long list of startup entries can increase your system boot time and slow down booting. Hence you can use this module to disable unnecessary applications. Another handy option is to delay applications at start up. As a result, you will see visible boot speed improvements.
Startup Optimizer also includes community ratings. This is an additional guide for you to see what other people are allowing or disabling.
This module allows you to scan your drives for large files. You can then delete them depending on your requirement. This is a handy utility to find large and useless files.
Dedicated optimization software provides better complete & automated functionality over Bitdefender 2019 edition's optimizer.
Bitdefender Central Account 2019: On-the-Fly Controls
Bitdefender Central Account serves as the center point for all your actions with Bitdefender Total Security 2019 subscription. Central account allows you to add a subscription, get installer files, reinstall, manage number of devices, etc. Remote management allows you to have a regular check on devices remotely. Moreover, it is not necessary to have physical access to the device to be able to manage it.
You can perform all the required actions from the Central Account remotely. Of course, the devices needs to be online. Security and Optimization steps from Central Account include Quick Scan, System Scan, and Vulnerability Scan.
In optimization, we have System Optimizer and Startup Manager. The latter is a new addition to the Central account. It indeed proves to be very helpful. From design and visual aspect, they are just a treat. These features are already present in the desktop application, having an online control is just an added advantage.
There are two features you can exclusively access only from the Central account.
This module is of extreme importance to parents. We have seen a lot of queries about how good this module is. With Parental Advisor, the device placed under your supervision needs no extra physical configuration.
In addition, backend configuration means that no one can alter the rules set by you. This module lets you view some basic online activities with system application usage. You can block websites, applications, schedule restrictions and take many more actions if needed.
Bitdefender also sends you email reports of accessed blocked services.
With Anti-Theft you can locate lost devices if needed. Most of the time this location is calculated accurately. Anti-thief uses network data along with GPS to calculate the position of your devices. If device GPS is not accessible, the positioning may not be accurate. In the event of a mishap like an actual theft, there are certain aspects that you can control.
You can sound an alert, lock device and wipe sensitive data from your devices remotely. Also to keep in mind that these features will only work when the device has an available internet access.
If you are looking for an antivirus with the best configurable Parental Advisor, Have a look at Norton Security Premium.
Is Bitdefender Total Security 2019 worth Your Money?
Bitdefender Total Security has been on top of AV Test's rating list for a long time now. The latest AV Test result also rates Bitdefender as the top product. Moreover, protection against latest viruses has never been an issue with Bitdefender. It also has the lowest rate of false positive detection. Hence, the one thing that you can be sure of is a rock-solid protection. Bitdefender's AV Test reports for 2019 version are yet to come.
Irrespective of that, we can predict a high standard of protection as Bitdefender is using the same Security Engine as the previous version which secured a top position.
Bitdefender Total Security 2019 Pricing
Bitdefender Total Security 2019 is usually priced at 44.95 USD for a 5 Devices - 1 Year subscription. Total Security subscription gives you a choice of 3/5/10 devices with a validity period of 1/2/3 Years. If your requirement exceeds this specification, you can go for Bitdefender Family Pack 2018. There is not much of a difference between Total Security and Family Pack. The later just gives an Unlimited device subscription. Your can know more about unlimited subscription in our Bitdefender Family Pack review.
However, you can always get a Bitdefender Total Security 2019 discount coupon and grab the protection at a great deal. Considering the easy availability of Bitdefender discounts and the protection it provides, we can say Bitdefender provides the best value for money.
Bitdefender Installation & Support Review
Installing Bitdefender Total Security 2019 can get tricky at times. If it installs correctly, then there is nothing to worry. On the other hand, if there are problems, it can be a tad painful. After-sales support is slow. In our experience, we had to wait for nearly three days to get a simple response from the Bitdefender team. Bitdefender has a live chat option with relatively fast response time. However, it's just good enough for basic inquiries. Any technical issue is routed to level two support; it is addressed via email and is slow in most of the cases.
Not only us but also a lot of Bitdefender customers have faced the same issue with them. A simple google search will reveal all these stories. Therefore, a clean and smooth installation means you are in luck.
Bitdefender 2019 Windows Testing
For this Bitdefender Total Security 2019 review, we did a clean removal of the previous version. This step is a must. Do the same before your installation attempt. Once that was done, Bitdefender Total security 2019 Installation went smoothly for us. We faced no issues on our Windows 10, 64 Bit test machine. There were no signs of system slowdown except for the first-time system scan. We experienced some lags with video playback during the first manual Full System Scan. Once that was over, we never noticed a thing.
With some patience during installation and an attractive 30-Days Money Back Guarantee, you can go ahead and purchase Bitdefender Total Security 2019 now. Use the trial version before you decide to buy it. In this way, you can also test your system compatibility with Bitdefender Total Security 2019 before making a purchase decision.
If you have decided to purchase, do make a search on available discounts. Hence, making the most out of a good security product at the best price.
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