Those who often use the computer for work, but not only, must be very careful about external threats that can loom over the web at any time. Especially Windows PC users. For this reason it is necessary to equip yourself with a good antivirus. Recently updated Bitdefender Internet Security 2018, a great antivirus we talked about in our previous article.
I was able to test the latest version of the antivirus and in this article I would like to share my thoughts with you.
Bitdefender Internet Security 2018 protects us from web threats
Over the last few years there have been many threats against those who surf the internet. Bitdefender Internet Security, unlike the Total Security version, an antivirus optimized for the management of threats hanging over the web.
The application comes with a user friendly graphical interface and is therefore easy to use even by less experienced users. The different functions offered are grouped into categories and can be accessed by navigating the convenient navigation bar on the left.
Thefunctions of protectionallow you to perform a quick scan or any vulnerabilities of our PC. The first option will scan the system for threats. The second one, instead, will check if critical system updates are installed. A critical update is a version of the operating system that has bugs, which allow potential attackers to access our data by exploiting these problems. Updates of installed apps, any unsafe passwords and vulnerabilities of the home Wi-Fi network will also be verified.
One of the Bitdefender Internet innovations is the ability to perform system-level scans. You can create custom scans and choose which folders or disks to scan. In addition, it is possible to program the scans created and execute periodically or when the PC is turned on.
If necessary, you can also change the scanning method or customize it according to your needs. It is also a functionRescue environment which can be used to remove the most harmful system infections.
Bitdefender Internet Security 2018 does not lack an antispam function, useful for filtering unwanted emails. Using this option, it is possible to create lists of friends or users to block, by directly entering the email address or a generic domain. It is also possible to automatically block emails containing the Asian or Cyrillic character.
To improve online security, the function ofWeb protectionscans all web traffic for malware. This feature is added to the Search Advisor, which detects potential malicious links. The application can scan SSL connections and also offers protection against online fraud and phishing.
Active protection is not lacking when browsing social networks. It scans all the links on the page, reporting the suspicious ones. In general, an excellent function, and comes with a whitelist that allows you to exclude some domains from the scan of threats.
The firewall integrated in Bitdefender Internet Security 2018 allows to block some applications from accessing the internet. You can set rules for all apps or create specific ones.
Bitdefender Internet Security 2018 can also scan the system for vulnerabilities. Furthermore there is a useful call functionWi-Fi Security Advisor which allows you to improve security while using wireless connections. This function is especially useful for checking the security of any public networks to which we connect.
To provide maximum security, the antivirus offers theDefense against advanced threats. It monitors the behavior of open applications. In case something suspicious is needed, the responsible application will be blocked and will not be able to perform malicious operations on the PC.
The last resource of the section dedicated tofunctions of protectionis calledSafe files. It allows you to create a list of secure folders which the applications will not be able to access. As a result, all sensitive information will remain protected from any unauthorized app.
In the privacy features you can find different options that allow you to protect your privacy when surfing online. For example, the function ofFile vaultallows you to encrypt your data and protect it from unauthorized access. To activate this feature simply select the folder to be protected, set the size of the "safe"And everything is ready.
In addition to file encryption, the functionSafepayallows us to protect our sensitive data when performing online transactions. This option starts a dedicated browser that protects our data for example when we make an online payment.
MoreoverSafepay integrates "wallet”Which has the function of a password manager, that is, of managing all our passwords. Thanks to this function, passwords, credit cards and other sensitive data can be stored in a completely secure and encrypted manner. In case of need, it is possible to fill in the fields automatically when shopping online or when accessing a website. To use this function in your browser you need to install a dedicated plugin.
Bitdefender Internet Security 2018 also offers a function ofParental advisor, which works like a parental control software. Thanks to this feature it is possible to monitor the activities of children when they use the PC to surf the internet. In addition, it is possible to block suspicious content when accessing the web.
If you are worried that some malicious user can access your PC's webcam, you will be happy to know that in the 2018 version of the antivirus a function ofWebcam protection. It allows you to create a list of trusted applications that can take control of the room. The result is that unauthorized applications will not be able to access the webcam, generally increasing system security. You can also decide to show a notification when an app starts using the camera.
Finally, the Bitdefender solution allows you to safely delete files without leaving any trace.
If you are not a security expert, you should know that Bitdefender Security 2018 offers a convenient featureAutopilot. Thanks to it, the application will implement all the decisions independently in the background. In this way, even the less experienced can enjoy maximum protection.
Certainly the solution of Bitdefender Internet Security 2018 one of the most complete and intuitive to use. If you are interested in trying all its features, you can download a free 30-day trial directly from the official website. If you want to buy a full license, the annual subscription for a device costs 49.99. While a subscription for 3 device currently discounted to 34.99 instead of 59.99. Those who need it, can purchase a license up to a maximum of 10 devices that can be associated with a single account.