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.
Editor’s Note: This article continues on the next page.Editor's Note: This article was originally published in July 2017 and was revamped and updated in November 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.