Bitdefender originally focused on dedicated antivirus software and later decided to also offer a VPN in their software package.
The company recently added the VPN feature to their current antivirus packages.
Bitdefender VPN is spectacular, although, there are lots of things to improve on as a standalone VPN service. However, it is ideal for users with existing Bitdefender packages as it gives you secure and anonymous browsing.
Here’s what to expect from Bitdefender VPN:
- 1 simultaneous connection
- Support for OpenVPN, L2TP/IPsec, and IKEv2 (new) VPN protocols
- Compatible with all Windows devices
- Decent encryption
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Once you’ve downloaded and installed Bitdefender VPN, nobody will have access to your online activity logs. In other words, advertising agencies won’t be able to profile you so as to serve you personalized ads. Your ISP won’t be able to spy on you and then sell your browsing history to third-parties, as most of ISPs do.
Bitdefender VPN servers
Bitdefender VPN offers a limited amount of servers for subscribers to access. This could be because they are relatively new in offering VPN services.
Yet in our view, this is a disadvantage depending on where you are; the available servers are far away and this can make the speed of the VPN connection much lower.
In addition, there could be congestion of servers which could cause a drop in performance. Notwithstanding, BitDefender servers did quite well on testing offering decent speeds for streaming and browsing.
Privacy and security
When we checked the terms and conditions, it was stated that the VPN does not forward users’ contact data or internet data to third parties.
But it is unclear to us whether users’ internet usage logs are stored. However, for the sake of simplicity, we assume that Bitdefender VPN does not keep logs.
As a service that guarantees the privacy of its users, we believe that this information must be transparent. This applies both to openness in the encryption that is used and openness in the log policy that is used.
The fact that Bitdefender does not do this ensures that low points are scored in this review.
For a VPN service with clearly defined privacy security measures, you can try out CyberGhost VPN.
Bitdefender is available for all known operating systems most especially Windows OS. If you want to use Bitdefender VPN on other devices, such as a router, it is not possible despite the OpenVPN protocol that is used.
The necessary data to set up a connection with the Bitdefender OpenVPN servers is missing; hence, it is advisable to get the Bitdefender Box to secure these devices.
Meanwhile, it is therefore only possible to use the VPN connection with Windows OS at the time of writing. The setting options are very limited with both options.
For example, we cannot find the very important option for a kill switch in the software during this review.
Installing BitdefenderVPN is simple when you install it on its own or install any BitDefender package; the VPN functionality is automatically added.
If you are an existing Bitdefender customer, the appearance of the software will not be unknown to you. In the main screen, you can choose privacy on the left side.
In that overview, there is then the option to select VPN. Meanwhile, if you use either the free or premium VPN, you have the option of connecting to any VPN on the server list.
In the Bitdefender settings screen, you also have the option to automatically start the VPN connection when Windows starts up. This is an easy and convenient option.
Bitdefender Premium VPN Pricing
The free version of Bitdefender VPN can be used if you have a subscription to a Bitdefender software package such as the antivirus or internet security suite.
However, there are many restrictions applied to this free VPN. Hence, you do not have a free server choice in the free version.
In addition, there is also a 200MB data limit. This data limit is virtually unworkable, as it is easily consumed when browsing.
The free version of Bitdefender VPN is sufficient if you want to use it, for example, to check your mail at the airport or for safe internet banking.
To access Bitdefender premium VPN package you will need to upgrade to an extra package. The price for using the VPN servers is in itself very reasonable.
It is true that you have already paid for others features in the main package of Bitdefender; hence, if you need only the VPN service, then this is a costly service.
At the time of writing, the extra costs for the Premium VPN package are € 29.99 per 2 years. But due to the cost of the Bitdefender package, you pay at least € 79.98. This is still a reasonable price for a total security package.
Bitdefender VPN and geo-restricted sites
Sometimes, people want to stream media, watch online TV/radio, play online games, and even browse on some websites but they get restricted.
This may be due to geo-restrictions locks placed by the website owners. However, the only way to bypass this restriction is by using VPN.
For example, it is not possible to watch the American version of Netflix in the Netherlands normally but with VPN you can easily spoof your location.
Because Netflix is trying to block VPN connections, it is always important to know whether your chosen VPN provider can indeed “unblock” access to the American version of Netflix.
However, Bitdefender can bypass imposed geo-restrictions on some select streaming sites.
Bitdefender is still just starting up which is seen in the number of servers offered and their server speed. The cost of upgrading to the service is high considering the features they currently offer.
You are still obliged to purchase other Bitdefender suite packages before you can use the VPN services.
However, it is still a good service to use if you have an existing BitDefender subscription and want more privacy and anonymous browsing.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in June 2018 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.