BitDefender Internet Security 2013 (*Est. $25 for 3 PCs) remains one of the best-reviewed Internet security suites, earning high marks for malware protection as well as its features to protect financial transactions. Its excellent protection includes keeping you safe from attacks from the Internet, social media, email, network-connected devices and USB devices, though the software is sometimes a little slow during cleanup. Beginners can use its default Autopilot mode, while more advanced users can highly customize the settings.
Interface for all users. BitDefender Internet Security 2013 offers both a highly customizable installation process for experienced users, and an "autopilot" mode so novices don't have to worry about settings and options. Reviewers report that BitDefender Internet Security 2013's interface is straightforward and well laid out, so that beginner users can navigate it easily.
Experienced users can access advanced options and customizable settings. The software installs a widget on the desktop, rather than in your browser toolbar, to show your protection status and give shortcuts to some of the software's features, such as antivirus and firewall settings. Unlike most security software, BitDefender has three system status levels: green for secure, yellow for problems that need attention and red for immediate security risks.
Mobile device protection. MyBitDefender is a useful feature that lets you manage all your BitDefender services, apps and mobile Android devices from a single web portal. Those who conduct financial business online will appreciate the Safepay feature, which uses sandboxing technology to provide a safe space in which to conduct your transactions by closing off the rest of your operating system.
In addition, there is a virtual keyboard that defeats keyloggers who try to capture passwords, credit card details and other sensitive information. In social media protection, the Safego tool scans the links on your Facebook wall. In addition to setting up blocks to the Internet, parental controls include the ability to keep watch on your children's Facebook profile and their use of online messaging and web access.
Accurate, but not the fastest. Running BitDefender Internet Security 2013 will only marginally slow down your computer system, adding just 3.5 seconds to the startup time in PCWorld's test. However, several reviewers remark that the software can take a long time to clean up an infected system, and that scanning for viruses isn't the quickest. Although it may be a little slow, BitDefender Internet Security 2013 performs among the top of its class in malware protection, earning the highest rating in PCWorld's real-world attack and system cleanup tests. In the strict and thorough test conditions at AV-Test labs, BitDefender earns excellent ratings with effective anti-phishing abilities and accurate anti-spam protection. At Expert Reviews, BitDefender Internet Security 2013 is the only Internet security software to have a perfect score in the false positives testing, meaning that it didn't stop any valid emails while filtering out the malicious ones.
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Review Credibility: Excellent With 4.5 out of 5 stars, BitDefender Internet Security 2013 "remains one of the best high-end security suites around" according to reviewer Seth Rosenblatt. With a customizable installation and a painless uninstall process, this software gives you control over your security options.
Review: BitDefender Internet Security, Seth Rosenblatt, July 6, 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good Neil Rubenking identifies that BitDefender Internet Security 2013 includes everything found in BitDefender's highly reviewed Anti-Virus software, plus a no-hassle firewall, spam filter and cloud-based parental control. BitDefender Internet Security 2013 performed well in antivirus detection and cleanup tests, with effective protection from phishing. An additional feature is the remote management of the security software through the MyBitDefender portal.
Review: BitDefender Internet Security 2013, Neil J. Rubenking, Oct. 9, 2012
3. PC World
Review Credibility: Very Good PCWorld's reviewer calls BitDefender Internet Security 2013 "everything that you'd want" in a user-friendly program. The interface is attractively designed, but the installation process, taking you through six screens, is tedious. In PCWorld's real-world malware attack test and system cleanup test, BitDefender Internet Security 2013 came out on top, beating both Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 and Norton Internet Security (2013).
Review: Review: BitDefender Internet Security 2013: Excellent Protection, User-Friendly Interface, Sarah Jacobsson Purewal, Jan. 28, 2013
4. Laptop Magazine
Review Credibility: Good Calling BitDefender Internet Security 2013 "the best of internet security suites," the reviewer gives the software a perfect score. A downside of this software is that it doesn't have online backup, file shredding (permanent deletion) or file encryption.
Review: BitDefender Internet Security 2013 Review, Contributors to Laptop Magazine, July 9, 2012
Review Credibility: Good BitDefender Internet Security 2013 performs thoroughly but not quickly, according to Matthew Hanson of TechRadar.com. He reports that there's plenty of tools to keep your computer protected and likes the way that Safepay works to protect your online shopping and banking transactions.
Review: BitDefender Total Security 2013 Review, Matthew Hanson, Sept. 4, 2012
6. Expert Reviews
Review Credibility: Fair Kat Orphanides gives BitDefender Internet Security 2013 a perfect 5-star rating, with high percentages of detecting and stopping viruses, though not quite as accurate as Kaspersky Internet Security 2013. During installation, you can choose which security features to enable or disable; the spam filter is disabled by default. A highlighted parental control tool provides the ability to track your children's locations through their phones.
Review: BitDefender Internet Security 2013 Review, Kat Orphanides, Nov. 9, 2012
7. PC Pro
Review Credibility: Fair BitDefender Internet Security 2013 receives a perfect score from this British site's reviewer, with a perfect protection rate against both unknown and known malware threats. Graham-Smith doesn't like the interface very much, calling it "slightly convoluted." However, he does say that it "ticks every feature box, from anti-spam to parental controls."
Review: BitDefender Internet Security 2013 Review, Darien Graham-Smith, Feb. 6, 2013