Our first Review for Bitdefender Total Security 2019

Our first review for Bitdefender 2019. Hands on the New Bitdefender Total Security 2019.
Today I’m going to review the new version of Bitdefender security

After a year of working behind the scenes, Bitdefender is finally ready to show glimpses of their updated Total Security suite to the members of the closed beta test.

The very first thing you notice is the updated interface. It seems the saying “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” applies to this version of Bitdefender; since most of the changes made to the interface are aesthetic in nature. One new feature I really appreciate though, is the customizable Dashboard: the dashboard in Bitdefender 2018 was useful enough, but being able to add your own quick actions and status screens is incredibly valuable.

Other than that, the dashboard is mostly the same: the Autopilot, rightfully taking first place in the dashboard, will keep the antivirus from bothering you with pop-ups, while still handling your file and web security. With it turned on, you can be sure to have an optimal and safe experience. While “Quick Scan” does exactly what you expect: scans your computer’s most important folders for active threats and neutralizes them, if needed.


Just as before, if you prefer to have more control over your antivirus functionality, you can visit tabs other than Dashboard, for example, the “Protection” tab. In the antivirus section here, you can see the aforementioned quick scan, and the “System Scan”, which will take a closer look at your PC, checking the rest of your data. Of course, most of the antivirus functionality is customizable, for example, if you trust your local network, you can disable scanning network drives to improve your performance.

We can also see that the Vulnerability block is still present, and allows you to do a scan, which will check your setup for potential malware entry points like uninstalled security updates, or sometimes even a missing admin password. This block also offers you a Wi-Fi Security Advisor, which will check your wi-fi network for potential backdoors.

The “Online Threat Protection” block in Bitdefender Total Security 2019 uses Bitdefender’s cloud system to secure your web browsing experience. Sticking with the customizability feature set, Bitdefender allows you to put trusted websites in the whitelist, or enable and disable different features in the settings. Bitdefender can also scan your traffic for signs of malware, and block websites that masquerade as trustworthy in order to steal your sensitive data.

The Safe Files block is designed to protect you against malware encrypting your data and demanding ransom for your personal files: you can place sensitive data in specified folders which only applications you explicitly trust will be able to access – a really handy feature.

Switching over to the Privacy tab we can see Bitdefender’s password manager, which securely stores your usernames and passwords, and fills the forms automatically when you log in, so you don’t have to remember them.

The File Shredder feature present in this Data Protection section goes over the deleted data on your HDD and overwrites it with blank info, thus making it nearly impossible to recover the deleted files. This feature is irreplaceable for people whose line of work involves working with sensitive data.

Like before, Bitdefender offers their own VPN solution for its users. It’s great for making sure nobody can snoop in on your internet traffic, and for accessing georestricted content. Keep in mind though, that the VPN functionality included with your Bitdefender installation has a daily traffic limit and is meant as a demo.

Safepay is an extremely powerful feature that makes a return in Bitdefender 2019. Safepay is essentially a separate, protected browser window that’s meant for making secure online transactions – really handy.

The Parental Advisor feature set allows you to discreetly supervise your children’s online activities to keep them safe. Among features this block provides is filtering inappropriate content or controlling the amount of time your kids spend online. A timesaver for family households.

The “Utilities” section offers a number of features mostly revolving around your computer’s performance. For example, Startup Optimizer analyzes what application start with your Windows installation and can either disable these completely, or delay them - thus speeding up your startup time.

Overall, Bitdefender 2019 looks like a solid update so far. It’s a bit rough around the edges, but that’s what comes with beta software. Nonetheless, Bitdefender’s focus on easy to grasp interfaces with a lot of customizability under the hood still shines through. We’ll have to see what Bitdefender comes up with over the next month, when the official release is planned; but so far this seems like another great release from the Romanian developer.
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