There are many great security applications on the market, but if you’re looking to protect your Windows 10 PC from online threats, you might be interested in Bitdefender Internet Security 2020.
Bitdefender recently released the latest version of Internet Security software, and today we’re going to try it out and see what does it have to offer.
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Unlike Bitdefender Total Security 2020, Internet Security lacks certain features, but that doesn’t make it less useful in any way.
In fact, this application is optimized for Internet threats, so if you don’t need all advanced features from Total Security, this version will be perfect for you.
It is worth mentioning that Bitdefender Internet Security 2020 already won the Outstanding Product award from AV-Comparatives. Not only that, but this security solution got the Best Protection, Best Performance and Best Repair labels from AV-TEST.
If you want to learn more about it, keep on reading our in-depth review below.
Bitdefender Internet Security 2020 review
The application has a friendly and simple user interface that is welcoming to new users. All features are grouped into different categories, and you can access them easily from the menu on the left. In the Protection section there are a Quick Scan and Vulnerability Scan options.
The Quick Scan option will perform a brief scan of your system and find any potential threats. As for Vulnerability Scan, it can scan your system and check if you have critical Windows updates installed.
In addition, it will also check if your applications are up to date. This feature can also check for weak Windows account passwords and check your Wi-Fi network for vulnerabilities.
It’s worth mentioning that you can view brief information regarding blocked apps, detected threats and web attacks from the Protection section. As for additional features, Internet Security 2020 allows you to perform a system-wide scan.
Of course, you can create custom scans and choose which directories or drives you wish to scan. In addition, you can schedule your custom scan and set it to run periodically or at system startup. If needed, you can also change the scanning method or adjust it so it can better fit your needs.
There’s also a Rescue Environment feature that you can use to remove the most serious infections. It’s worth mentioning that antivirus feature supports exclusions and you can even set default actions for optical media, USB devices and network drives.
Bitdefender Internet Security also has an antispam feature that you can use to filter unwanted emails. Using this feature you can create friends or spammers list by adding an email address or domain name.
If needed, you can automatically block emails that contain Asian or Cyrillic characters.
To enhance your online security, there’s a Web Protection feature that scans your web traffic for malware. This feature comes with a Search Advisor that can detect potentially malicious links.
The application can scan SSL connections and it also offers protection against online frauds and phishing. There’s also a social network protection feature that will scan all links on social networks and warn you about malicious content.
Overall, this is a great feature, and it even comes with a whitelist option that lets you exclude certain URLs from scanning.
There’s also firewall feature available that you can use to prevent applications from accessing the Internet. You can set rules for all applications, or switch between Home and Public presets.
There is also a Paranoid mode that allows you on the fly control over application access. Speaking of advanced features, thanks to the Stealth mode you can make your device invisible in your network.
Bitdefender Internet Security can also scan your system for vulnerabilities, and there’s a useful Wi-Fi Security Advisor feature available. Thanks to this feature you can easily enhance your security while using wireless connections.
In order to provide you with maximum security, this application has Advanced Threat Defense feature. This feature uses behavioral detection to monitor active applications.
In case anything suspicious occurs, the responsible application will be blocked and prevented from causing any harm to the PC. As you can see, this feature is rather useful since it can easily detect any advanced threat.
This feature can sometimes cause false alarms, but you can easily prevent them thanks to the whitelist option.
There’s also Ransomware Protection feature with multi-layer protection. Thanks to this feature you can rest assured your files are safe from malicious encryption programs.
Another feature that can protect your files is Safe Files. This feature lets you create a list of secure folders that applications won’t be able to access. As a result, your sensitive information will remain protected from unauthorized changes and apps.
Of course, you can set a list of trusted applications and allow them to make changes to the protected directories. However, all other applications will be prevented from accessing the selected directories by default.
In the Privacy section, you can find many useful features that can help you protect your privacy online. For example, there’s a File Vault feature that allows you to encrypt your files and protect them from unauthorized access.
Simply select the directory that you want to turn into file vault, set the size of the vault and you’re good to go.
In addition to file encryption, there’s a Safepay feature that will protect your sensitive information during online transactions. This feature will start a new dedicated browser that will keep you safe during online payments and protect you from frauds.
Speaking of which, the application also has a Wallet feature that works as a password manager. Thanks to this feature, you can store your passwords, credit card information and other sensitive data in a secure vault.
If needed, you can automatically fill input fields during online purchases to make the process more straightforward. This feature is available in Safepay browser by default, but you can also enable it in third-party browsers thanks to the dedicated plug-in.
The application also has a Parental Advisor feature that works as a parental control software. Thanks to this feature you can supervise your children’s online activity with ease.
In addition, you can block harmful content and keep a close eye on time spent online. This feature works with Bitdefender Central so you can access it from any device or platform.
If you’re concerned that malicious users can access your camera, you’ll be happy to hear that Bitdefender Internet Security 2020 has a Webcam Protection feature. Thanks to this feature you can set a list of trusted applications that can access your webcam.
As a result, unknown third-party applications won’t be able to access your webcam without your knowledge. In addition, you can block all access to the webcam if you want to ensure maximum security.
If you want to keep a close eye on webcam usage, you can even get notifications when trusted apps connect to the webcam.
Another useful feature is File Shredder and thanks to it you can permanently delete your files. After using this feature, the deleted files won’t leave any trace on your PC.
The application also has an Activity section that allows you to see all recent events such as threats, attacks, and blocked applications. In addition, you can also view a detailed security report. There’s also a notifications section available that allows you to see critical notifications, warnings, and information. You can even filter the notifications in order to organize them better.
If you’re not a security expert, you’ll be pleased to hear that Bitdefender Internet Security 2018 comes with Autopilot feature. Thanks to this feature, the application will automatically make security decisions in the background, so you won’t even know that it’s running.
There’s also a Photon feature that allows Internet Security 2018 to adapt to your system configuration in order to achieve the best performance. Another notable feature is Cloud Integration that allows you to scan files in the cloud without affecting your system performance.
The application offers Game, Movie and Work profiles, and each of these profiles comes with different settings. You can switch between the profiles with a single click or you can customize each profile according to your needs.
There’s also a Battery Mode available that is perfect for laptops. Thanks to this feature your system settings will be optimized in order to reduce battery usage.
Bitdefender Internet Security 2020 offers great protection and performance which makes it one of the best antivirus tools on the market.
Unlike Bitdefender Total Security 2020, this version is missing some features such as Anti-Theft. Despite the lack of certain features, this is still an amazing antivirus software, and it’s available for a 30-day free trial.
As for licensing, you can install this application on up to 10 devices depending on your license.
Bitdefender Total Security 2020 is compatible with the following Windows versions:
- Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 (32-bit & 64-bit)
- • Windows 8 (32-bit & 64-bit)
- • Windows 8.1 (32-bit & 64-bit)
- • All Windows 10 versions (32-bit & 64-bit)
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in July 2017 and has been since updated to reflect the changes and improvements available in the latest version of Bitdefender Internet Security.