Bitdefender Total Security 2016 Review
Bitdefender Total Security 2016 Review
The main interface of the program has not changed much as compared with the previous version. At the top-right corner of the window there is an indicator which displays the current state of the system (i.e. is it safe or not) and at the top-left corner there are two buttons for activating or dis-activating Autopilot module and selecting one of three profiles.
The main window contains several tiles that provide access to the main tools and features of the program, for example, Quick scan, Startup optimizer, and so on. You can also get access to the online Bitdefender Central page and manage your other devices there.
At the bottom-left corner you will find a small button with the arrow; after clicking on this button, you will access the main modules of Bitdefender Total Security 2016 that are divided into three categories- Protection, Privacy and Tools.
Privacy- it is very important to keep your confidential files and folders away from prying eyes and securely store them. Bitdefender Total Security 2016 provides you with several reliable and useful tools which help you to prevent data leakage and unauthorized use. All these tools are collected in the Privacy tab. They are as follows- Data protection, Password manager, Safepay, Parental control and File encryption.
Data Protection- it is no secret that we have a lot of confidential documents on the hard drive and after using these documents, it is very crucial to get rid of them securely. As a rule, we use an inbuilt Windows tool for deleting files to remove sensitive documents from the computer, but, unfortunately, it is not a safe and reliable way at all, because files deleted in this manner can be easily restored with the help of special recovery applications. Just for this reason, Bitdefender Total Security 2016 offers a special advanced tool called File Shredder which allows you to delete confidential data permanently and unrecoverably.
It should be noted that no extraordinary computer skills are required for permanent file deletion; everything is very easy and only two easy steps are needed for performing this action. Just select files or folders to delete in the first step and click on the “Next” button in the second one. That is all; all your files are permanently deleted and nobody can be able to restore them. After the deletion, the program will provide you with thorough details about performed operations, for example, the number of deleted files or folders, and so on.
Password Manager- every day we visit a lot of different websites or open favourite messengers, for example, forums, online stores, Skype, and so on. Of course, we need our account IDs and passwords to enter them. I am more than sure that you agree with me that it is very difficult to remember all these passwords and logins. Bitdefender Total Security 2016 offers a special tool Password Manager which helps you to facilitate this boring task and allows you to create a special virtual wallet and store all your passwords there.
Before using this excellent feature of the program, you need to create a new wallet; this task is very easy. All you need is to name a wallet and select a master password to enter it. My congratulations! You are done. Now you can securely save all your confidential details in this wallet. In addition, Bitdefender Total Security 2016 also provides you with a very useful option which allows you to sync your wallet across different devices you own.
The virtual wallet allows you to add Personal Info (i.e. name, username, date of birth, address, and so on), Websites (i.e. URLs, titles, user names and passwords), Online Banking (for example, credit cards, card pins, etc.), Emails (i.e. email client, email URL, incoming server and ports, and so on), Applications (i.e. license keys, codes, version, etc.), Wi-Fi Networks (i.e. Wi-Fi name, password, connection type, etc.).
In the Settings menu you have the possibility to configure some additional options, for example, browser plugins, security and autofill settings (the program supports all well-known browsers and messengers).
Safepay- this is a standalone application integrated into Bitdefender Total Security 2016 which allows you to protect your online payments and credit card info. Safepay is a safe and secure web browser that blocks any attempt to steal your banking and shopping activity. With the help of this application you can safely browse any website where you buy something or make a money transfer. Just bookmark those websites which you use for online banking and add them to the Safepay application and they will be automatically opened in it.
In addition, Bitdefender Total Security 2016 allows you to use a special virtual keyboard to protect your banking info against keyloggers and configure some general settings, for example, automatic use of Safepay application, and so on.
Parental Control- the Internet is that place from where our children can get a lot of useful info for preparing school lessons, but, unfortunately, there are plenty of websites which contain, for example, pornography, violence, gambling, and so on. Of course, we have to protect them from visiting such bad websites. This very useful tool will help you to control your children’s activity online.
You need an Internet connection to use and activate this feature. Just specify your child’s name, gender and date of birth and select a device to monitor your child’s activity via Bitdefender online central page.
Bitdefender Central provides you with plenty of details about your child’s online activity. You will get info about how much time he spends online, what websites he visits, what applications he opens, and so on.
The program allows you to block websites and applications installed on the computer, monitor his activity on the social media websites and online messengers, and so on.
Parental control is a very useful tool which allows you to control every step of your child online.
File Encryption- if you have got a lot of confidential documents and want to store them in a special safely vault, you can take full advantage of this excellent tool. This tool allows you to create a special protected folder (or vault) in your system and store all sensitive documents there. All you need is to name that vault, specify its size and enter the desired password. That is all. Now you have the possibility to keep all your secret files in this protected place and prevent their unauthorized use.
Tools- in this tab you will find three modules, namely, Tune-up, Profiles and Anti-Theft which allow you to clean the system, manage profiles and devices respectively.
Tune-Up module contains two tools- One-Click Optimizer and Start Optimizer. One-click optimizer helps you to clean your hard disk, Windows registry and privacy traces. With the help of this tool you can safely get rid of Windows junk files, temporary system files, Windows debug files, error reporting files, invalid shared DLLs and help files, and so on. In addition, you have the possibility to clean those browser elements which are dangerous for your privacy, for example, browser cache, cookies and history. Bitdefender Total Security 2016 supports all modern browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, etc. After reviewing all issues, just click on the button “Optimize” and all unnecessary elements which slow down your computer will be removed from the system.
Startup Optimizer module allows you to view all applications which start together with the Windows and manage them. Bitdefender Total Security 2016 displays all startup applications and their boot time. You can delay or disable any of these applications if they consume a lot of system resources and significantly increase the Windows boot time.
Profiles- by default, Bitdefender Total Security 2016 works in the Autopilot mode, i.e. it automatically selects the most appropriate profile depending on what you do on the computer. But you can manually choose any of three profiles offered by the program, i.e. Work profile, Movie profile and Game profile. In addition, you can activate so called Battery mode. This mode is of use for those users who have got laptops or notebooks and allows them to increase the battery life if it is very low.
Anti-Theft- it is very important module which helps you to protect all your devices against stealing via online Bitdefender Ventral page. After activating this module, you will be able to locate, block or wipe any of your stolen devices.
Protection- this tab offers those modules which are necessary for reliable protection of the computer. Here you will find the following modules- Antivirus, Web Protection, Vulnerability, Firewall, Intrusion Detection, Antispam and Ransomware protection.
Antivirus- it goes without saying that antivirus plays a leading role in any security application and it is vital to reliable protection of the computer. Bitdefender Total Security 2016 offers one of the most advanced antivirus engines on the software market and it allows you to protect the computer against all kinds of malware in real time constantly monitoring any suspicious processes and applications.
For reliable protection of your PC, you can configure its behavior and select the most appropriate options which meet all your requirements. You have the possibility configure protective Shield, i.e. On-access scanning (i.e. real time protection by selecting one of three security modes- permissive, normal or aggressive; permissive mode offers only basic security while normal and aggressive ones standard and advanced possibilities) and Active threat control (i.e. proactive detection technology with advanced heuristic methods for detecting new threats in real time). Bitdefender Total Security 2016 also allows you to customize these shield settings and select the desired files types or archives to scan; specify traffic scan options, and so on.
In addition, you have the possibility to create exclusion lists for some file and folder types, extensions and processes and exclude them from the scanning process on the one hand and specify scan actions for CD/DVD devices, USB devices and mapped network drives on the other hand (for all three device types you have got three options- autoscan, disabled and ask every time).
Scan- Bitdefender Total Security 2016 offers two scan methods- Quick scan and System scan. The quick scan is very fast and it uses an in-the-cloud scanning technology to detect and disinfect malware; the system scan scans the entire computer for all types of malware. It is much lengthier than the quick scan.
Of course, with the help of Bitdefender Total Security 2016, you can schedule the scanning process and run it at specified time. All you need is to specify scan type (i.e. basic or advanced), Scan method (i.e. permissive, normal or aggressive), scan operations and actions (for example, shutdown computer, close scan window, and so on), scan time (i.e. time, day or month) and scan targets (i.e. drives or removable media to scan).
In addition, you have the possibility to configure scan options, i.e. file types or archives to be scanned, etc.
With the help of the special module Rescue Mode, you can scan for malware even if your system is seriously infected and it does not boot.
Firewall- Bitdefender Total Security 2016 includes a very reliable firewall which constantly monitors every program that has got access to the Internet and automatically blocks dangerous connections. The main advantage of the Bitdefender firewall is that it does not ask for permissions; it allows network access by itself and monitors the behavior of applications. If they are suspicious, firewall immediately blocks them.
With the help of the program you can specify and add some basic and advanced rules, for example, network type, local and remote addresses, and so on.
Web Protection- with the help of this module you can protect your online activity. Bitdefender Total Security 2016 protects you against fraud and phishing websites. You have the possibility to activate a special protective module in your web browsers (the following browsers are supported- Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Safari). Thanks to a very useful module called Search Advisor, the program helps you to rate a level of malware danger of any website by placing a green, yellow or red icon next to it. The program supports the following search engines- Google, Yahoo!, Bing and Baidu. Such popular social network services as Facebook and Twitter are also supported; every link posted on these websites is checked for malware.
In addition, you can create a whitelist of those websites which are clean and exclude them from scanning.
Vulnerability- it is needless to say that keeping the operating system clean from viruses is very important. Therefore you must update Windows and installed applications timely because un-updated system is pliable to virus infection. With the help of this module, you can scan the system for critical Windows updates, application updates, weak passwords and media autorun and fix these issues.
Intrusion Detection- this module helps you to block any malicious changes of the operating system, for example, modification of critical system files, registry entries, drivers. Bitdefender Total Security 2016 offers three protection methods-permissive, medium and aggressive.
Antispam- every day a lot of spam mails come to our mailbox; and it is more than probable that some of them can contain malicious files and infect the system. Thanks to this module, now you can safely control your mailbox and block spam mail messages. For example, you have the possibility to block emails written in Asian or Cyrillic characters, and so on.
In addition, the program allows you to create a friends list (i.e. a mail list of trusted senders and always receive messages from them without filtering) and spammer’s list and add to it email addresses and domains from which you do not want receive messages.
Ransomware Protection- as known ransomware is a very malicious application which after intrusion into the system, locks the computer and asks for money to unlock it. This module is specially created to protect you against such applications. With the help of this module you have the possibility to protect your important documents, pictures against being encrypted and blocked. All you need is to add them to the special protection list.
In addition, Bitdefender Total Security 2016 also allows you to create a list of trusted applications.
What is new in Bitdefender Total Security 2016?
Full-fledged parental control
Windows 7- Windows 10
2 GB of free hard disk space
Intel Core Duo (2 GHz) or equivalent processor
2 GB of RAM.
Modern security applications must provide you with more functions and features than a simple virus detection and protection from different malicious applications. They must contain a lot of other features for protecting the entire system. Bitdefender Total Security 2016 is just that application; it offers an advanced set of features which allow you to not only protect the computer from viruses, but also perform tons of other actions. With the help of the program you can safely browse websites, block spam messages, securely delete confidential data, encrypt important documents, clean junk files, control incoming and outgoing connections, and much more.
Bitdefender Total Security 2016 is a reliable security solution with a wide range of functions and features. It can be said without any exaggeration that it is one of the best reliable applications on the antivirus software market.
1. Full Support for Windows 10
2. Very effective firewall
3. Reliable antivirus protection against all types of threats.
4. A lot of additional tools.
And much more.
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