Bitdefender Total Security 2020: Review
Bitdefender Total Security 2020 version is out now. It is the new top of the line protection suite and a multi-device license. Hence, it allows you to select the platform of your choice. Now you can get Bitdefender 2020 protection on Windows, Android, iOS, and Mac. Also, not to forget, the convenience of managing one subscription with Bitdefender Central Account, which makes it easy to use, activate, and reinstall Bitdefender product anytime if necessary.
Bitdefender Total Security 2020 Review Summary
Bitdefender Total Security 2020$88.95
Support Response Time4.5/10
- Modern & Clean Interface
- Minimal Performance Impact
- Fail Proof Malware Protection Module
- Central Account Provides Good Control
- Firewall has per app permission
- Be Careful about Auto-Renewal
- OneClick Optimizer is not automated
- Parental Advisor needs more detailing
- 2nd level support takes nearly 48 hours to respond
- VPN with very basic functionality
Bitdefender Total Security 2020 Protection Includes:
- Total Security: 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 2020: New Features
In this review, I will focus on the Windows version, which is Bitdefender Total Security 2020. It seems that Bitdefender has been keeping Windows 10 at the center of its development focus since the last 2019 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.
I will update this review as soon as Bitdefender adds or improves features in any of its future updates.
Bitdefender Total Security 2020: Installation
Installation procedure for Bitdefender Total Security 2020 is the same as it was in the 2020 version. The difference is just a smoother animation. Bitdefender adopts the same theme as in the 2019 version.
Bitdefender Central Account is the one place to add a license, download the application, and also manage the protection for all devices. Let's discuss the Central Account features a bit later in this review.
As mentioned in the above section, Bitdefender 2020 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 2019 version, there are no offline setup files officially available this time. You can get the Web Installer from Bitdefender Central account. However, in the past, we have also provided the Bitdefender 2019 Offline Installer links. In the same way, we have already pulled up Bitdefender 2020 offline installers.
These links are from Bitdefender server, and hence, there is no need to worry.
Bitdefender Total Security 2020: Home screen
As discussed earlier, Bitdefender Total Security 2020 has the same UI. The base design is the same as the previous version.
The home screen displays much 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 appear on the app's main screen.
You can completely customize your home screen. All you have to do is, hover the mouse on the module. Once done, you see an edit button which allows you to place any module you want from the available choices.
The interface makes it easy for first-time users. If you are already using Bitdefender 2019 version then there is nothing new for you.
Bitdefender Total Security 2020: 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 2020.
All the modules have tool-tips to give basic information about their function.
Bitdefender Total Security 2020: Antivirus
Antivirus module allows you to configure the way Bitdefender scans your system. You can also define its post-infection-detection behavior. You can set the steps 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 2020: 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.
I have noticed that keeping the Web protection in full security sometimes tends to slow down web page loading. Besides, it can block some internal company websites as well. A valid reason for that is that internal company websites often use custom SSL certificates. Hence, if you are facing these issues, try to change the settings appropriately to unblock your company web pages or disable web protection for some time.
Bitdefender Total Security 2020: 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 2020 informs you about critical Windows updates.
Bitdefender Total Security 2020: Firewall Review
The firewall module protects you from network port scans and unauthorized network activity. Besides 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 2020 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 2020: 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 2020: Advanced Threat Defense
This module was made an integral part since Bitdefender 2018. It implements the automatic behavioral analysis of application installed on your system. Now, as soon as Bitdefender detects any suspicious behavior, it proactively blocks the application and keeps you safe.
You can add your trusted applications to whitelist and avoid any chance of inconvenience.
This feature is indeed a good move on their part.
Bitdefender Total Security 2020: Safe Files
All you have to do in this section is to add all your important file locations. Once you do this, Bitdefender keeps these files safe from any ransomware attacks. So even if 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 2020 keeps your essential files safe in this scenario.
I appreciate Bitdefender's improvements in this section. Not only can you lock essential files but also allow only trusted apps access to those locked files. Hence, there is no inconvenience in your day-to-day work. Bitdefender has announced complete security against much-known malware.
Bitdefender Total Security 2020: 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 2020 Webcam & Microphone Protection Review
Webcam Protection is present since 2018 version. You can let Bitdefender handle the decision of blocking apps from webcam access.
Microphone access protection is a new feature that is present in the 2020 version. With this feature active, you can allow microphone access only to apps that you trust.
A good note here is that you get notified whenever any application tries to connect to the webcam or the microphone. Hence, with this feature turned on, you can be assured that no one is watching or hearing you.
Bitdefender Browser Anti-Tracker
This privacy mode is a new addition. When you enable the Anti-Tracker module, it blocks data collection and browser tracking. Hence, no one can have your behavioral data for ads and other profiling.
Bitdefender also gives you the option to enaable or disable this feature on selected browsers.
Bitdefender 2020 Safepay Review
Bitdefender Safepay provides hacker free browsing and protects your online payments. Also, you can use it to make secure transactions online. It eliminates the fear of keyloggers, phishing attempts, etc. Moreover, Safepay gives you an isolated browser environment. Bitdefender Total Security 2020 has enhanced the experience. Hence, you get the same overall features with improved security.
Bitdefender Wallet: Password Manager Review
Wallet module is a password manager application in Bitdefender Total Security 2020. 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 an excellent option to have.
If you are already using services like LastPass or Sticky Password, then this Wallet is of no use.
Bitdefender 2020 File Encryption Review
If you have sensitive files that need 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 creates a virtual secure drive. It then hides the drive when you encrypt and lock it.
Bitdefender 2020 File Shredder: Data Protection
As the description says, you can securely delete sensitive files with this tool. This option also integrates with the right-click context menu. Hence, you can right-click on any file and permanently delete it.
Bitdefender VPN Review: Go Anonymous
Bitdefender added the VPN to their product line since the mid of 2018 version. By default, the VPN is not present in the necessary installation. However, you can easily install it by clicking on the VPN module. Once you finish the installation, 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 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 ISP speed 200Mbps. The above four tests are 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 are 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 2020: 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. Also, these are temporary and leftover files that take 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 essential browser bookmarks and saved passwords, check the available options properly before performing a complete cleanup.
It 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 startup. As a result, you 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. Hence, cleanup is a handy utility to find large and useless files.
Dedicated optimization software provides better complete & automated functionality over Bitdefender 2020 edition's optimizer.
Bitdefender Central Account 2020: On-the-Fly Controls
Bitdefender Central Account serves as the center point for all your actions with Bitdefender Total Security 2020 subscription. Also, the central account allows you to add a subscription, get installer files, reinstall, manage all the 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 need to be online. Security and Optimization steps from Central Account include Quick Scan, System Scan, and Vulnerability Scan.
In optimization, we have a 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 many queries about how good this module is. With Parental Advisor, the device placed under your supervision needs no extra physical configuration.
Besides, the 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 accurate. 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 only work when the device has 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 2020 worth Your Money?
Bitdefender Total Security has been on top of the 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 the latest viruses has never been an issue with Bitdefender. It also has the lowest rate of a false positive detection. Hence, the one thing that you can be sure of is rock-solid protection.
You can expect 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 2020 Pricing
Bitdefender Total Security 2020 is usually available 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 gives a larger device subscription. You can know more about unlimited subscription in our Bitdefender Family Pack review.
However, you can always get a Bitdefender Total Security 2020 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 2020 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 the relatively fast response time. However, it's just good enough for the necessary 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 reveals all these stories. Therefore, a clean and smooth installation means you are in luck.
Bitdefender 2020 Windows Testing
For this Bitdefender Total Security 2020 review, I did a clean removal of the previous version. This step is a must. Do the same before your installation attempt. Once complete, Bitdefender Total Security 2020 Installation went smoothly for me. I faced no issues on our Windows 10, 64 Bit test machine. Also, there were no signs of system slowdown except for the first-time system scan. However, I 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 2020 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 2020 before making a purchase decision.
If you have decided to purchase, search for available discounts. Hence, making the most out of the right security product at the best price.
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