Bitdefender Total Security 2021 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 2021 protection on Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android devices. Also, not to forget, the convenience of managing one subscription with Bitdefender Central Account, which makes it easy to use, activate, and reinstall Bitdefender products anytime if necessary.
Please note that Bitdefender has removed the product version from their official pages. Hence, the means to check the version is to check the build number on the application. The 2021 release is Build 25.
Bitdefender Total Security Review Summary
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
2nd level support takes nearly 48 hours to respond
VPN with very basic functionality
Parental Advisor needs more detailing
OneClick Optimizer is not automated
Supported Platforms: Windows, OSX, Android, iOS
Bitdefender Total Security Protection Includes:
Bitdefender Total Security: New Features
In this review, I will focus on the Windows version, which is Bitdefender Total Security 2021. It seems that Bitdefender has been keeping Windows 10 at the center of its development focus since its 2019 release. Although very little has changed in the new version, there are a few notable feature improvements underneath.
I will update this review when Bitdefender adds extra features or improves features in future updates.
Bitdefender Total Security: Installation
The installation procedure for Bitdefender Total Security 2021 is the same as in the 2020 version. The difference is just a smoother animation. Bitdefender adopts the same theme as in the 2020 version.
Bitdefender Central Account is the one place to add a license, download the application, and manage all devices' protection. Let's discuss the Central Account features a bit later in this review.
As mentioned in the above section, Bitdefender 2021 installation window has the same interface as before. It displays the size of the file download left and the speed with which the download is happening. This information is always helpful. In my tests, Installations went smoothly.
These links are from the Bitdefender server, and hence, there is no need to worry.
Bitdefender Total Security: Home screen
As discussed earlier, Bitdefender Total Security 2021 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 that allows you to place any module you want from the available choices.
Bitdefender Total Security: 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 2021.
- Real-Time Protection
- Online Threat Prevention
- Advanced Threat Defense
- Ransomware Remediation
All the modules have tool-tips to give basic information about their function.
Bitdefender Total Security: Antivirus
The 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 a 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: Online Threat Prevention
This module allows you to configure browsing protection. It blocks known unsafe websites, and you can configure its behavior 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 slows 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 face these issues, try to change the settings appropriately to unblock your company web pages or disable web protection.
Bitdefender Total Security: 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 you do not want the scan to run. Not only does it scans for vulnerability issues, but it 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 2021 informs you about critical Windows updates.
Bitdefender Total Security: 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 gives 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: Antispam
Enabling antispam filters helps you to protect against 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: Advanced Threat Defense
This module was made an integral part since Bitdefender 2018. It implements the automatic behavioral analysis of the 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 the whitelist and avoid any chance of inconvenience. This feature is indeed a good move on their part.
Bitdefender Total Security: Ransomware Remediation
Ransomware attacks are on the rise. Bitdefender introduced this module to block such ransomware attacks and to automatically restore or recover ransomware-encrypted files. It is recommended to keep this feature turned ON to prevent suspicious attacks.
In other words, if a ransomware attack hits you, this feature takes a backup of your sensitive files (documents, pictures, videos, or music) and ensures that they are safe and protected. Whenever a ransomware attack is detected, Bitdefender will immediately block all processes and start the remediation process. The user is also notified about it in the Notifications section.
You can add an exception or a list of excepted applications so that Bitdefender's Ransomware Remediation feature will not block them.
Bitdefender Total Security: 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 Safepay
- Password Manager
- Video & Audio Protection
- Parental Advisor
Bitdefender 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 2021 has enhanced the experience. Hence, you get the same overall features with improved security.
Bitdefender Wallet: Password Manager Review
The wallet module is a password manager application in Bitdefender Total Security 2021. 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 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 the best password practices. Post unlocking the 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 Browser Anti-Tracker
This privacy mode is present from the 2020 version. When you enable the Anti-Tracker browser extension, 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 enable or disable this feature on selected browsers.
Bitdefender VPN Review: Go Anonymous
Bitdefender added the VPN to its product line since the mid of the 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 straightforward.
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. However, if you need an unlimited VPN, you can check out Bitdefender Premium Security.
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 the 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 available settings in any dedicated VPN solution. There is no availability of advanced features like double VPN. However, in the new version, the kill switch is available. It is helpful when the 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.
As per Bitdefender support:
Yes, we have a log for each session: Date/time, start/stop a session, device ID, VPN connection ID, download/upload amount. (No personal details are saved such as browsing history or what files were downloaded).
Bitdefender Video & Audio Protection
The Video & Audio protection module has settings for protecting your Webcam and Microphone monitor. Webcam Protection has been present since the 2018 version. You can let Bitdefender handle the decision to block apps from webcam access.
The microphone protection feature was present in the 2020 version. With this feature active, you can allow microphone access only to apps that you trust.
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.
You can sound an alert, lock the device, and wipe sensitive data from your devices remotely. Also, keep in mind that these features only work when the device has available internet access.
If you are looking for antivirus software with the best configurable Parental Controls, have a look at Norton Security Premium.
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 Total Security 2021: 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
- Data Protection
OneClick Optimizer cleans Garbage Windows files. It includes a 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.
Dedicated optimization software provides better complete & automated functionality over Bitdefender 2021 edition's optimizer.
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 locate the device, show the last known IP address for this device, sound an alert, lock the device, and wipe sensitive data from your devices remotely. Also, keep in mind that these features only work when the device has available internet access.
Bitdefender Profiles automatically manages your system's resources based on your activity and the type of applications you use, to optimize system performance. Here are the five profiles that Bitdefender provides: Work Profile, Movie Profile, Game Profile, Public Wi-Fi Profile, and Battery Mode Profile.
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 Central Account 2021: On-the-Fly Controls
Bitdefender Central Account serves as the center point for all your actions with Bitdefender Total Security 2021 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.
With Optimizer, Bitdefender automatically improves the performance of your device. Clicking on the Start button will show you three areas you would want to optimize - Disk space, Registry keys, and Privacy data. Start optimizing the device by selecting the required areas.
These features are already present in the desktop application; having an online control is just an added advantage.
Is Bitdefender Total Security 2021 worth Your Money?
Bitdefender Total Security has been on top of the AV Test's rating list for a long time. 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 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 2021 Pricing
Bitdefender Total Security 2021 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. There is not much of a difference between Total Security and Family Pack. The latter gives a larger device subscription. You can know more about unlimited subscriptions in our Bitdefender Family Pack review.
However, you can always get a Bitdefender Coupon Codes and grab the protection at a great deal. Considering the easy availability of Bitdefender discounts and its protection, we can say Bitdefender provides the best value for the money.
Bitdefender Installation & Support Review
Installing Bitdefender Total Security 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. We had to wait for nearly three days to get a simple response from the Bitdefender team in our experience.
Bitdefender has a live chat option with a relatively fast response time. However, it's just good enough for the necessary inquiries. Their level two support for complicated issues handles the situation via email and is slow in most 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 2021 Windows Testing
For this Bitdefender Total Security 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 2021 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.
Should I buy Bitdefender Total Security?
With some patience during installation and an attractive 30-Days Money Back Guarantee, you can go ahead and purchase Bitdefender Total Security 2021 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 2021 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.
Bitdefender Total Security: Frequently Asked Questions
Is Bitdefender Total Security a good antivirus?
Yes. Bitdefender Total Security is a good antivirus considering all its useful features, and you get it at an affordable price. Read more on how good is Bitdefender.
Is Bitdefender Total Security better than Norton 360?
Both the products are good at detecting malware and cover advanced protection features. We compare their pricing plans, features, user interface, Independent lab tests, performance, and more in our detailed Bitdefender versus Norton comparison.
Did I miss out on any point in this Bitdefender Total Security 2021 review? Let us know in the comment section.
Sourojit is Executive Editor at Dealarious. Rumor says He is Computer Science Engineer; He neither accepts it nor denies it. Tech Explorer, Philosopher and a Storyteller.