Bitdefender Total Security 2020 has better malware detection, parental controls, and data privacy. Bitdefender is obviously highly rated for malware detection, so it is wonderful to see improvements beyond the fundamentals. This year’s updates to parental controls are particularly interesting. They amount to an AI babysitter of types, which is interesting but might not be to everybody’s liking–it also costs a bit more.

Bitdefender’s Windows program is exactly the same as it was last time around. You navigate the program on the left rail, and the principal Dashboard is customizable to add and remove unique modules, known as”quick actions.” At the peak of the Dashboard, are also recommendations for suggested actions. This occurs courtesy of Bitdefender’s Autopilot feature, which got a significant upgrade this past year.

Within our Bitdefender 2019 review last fall, we looked at the program in detail. Since nothing is actually new, we won’t rehash this here. However, 1 annoyance that persists with Bitdefender 2020 is the aggressiveness of the Safe Files feature. This is Bitdefender’s ransomware protection that’s supposed to prevent your files from falling victim to one of the more devastating forms of malware.

To secure your desktop, Safe Files monitors certain documents for the odd character. The idea is that if it finds files suddenly being encoded or altered by an unknown program it can stop any ransomware in its tracks. Bitdefender also restricts which apps have access to the documents allowed for extra protection, to protect against alteration by a malicious program.

That sounds like what you would want, but in my experience, the security is much too overzealous. In 2018, I had to turn it off to execute my daily work. Bitdefender 2020, had the same experience.

Bitdefender wouldn’t allow me to unzip an installation file for PCMark, by way of instance, at which point I turned off the feature. On the other PC, I could not use Git, the popular version control system, with Safe Files on. Bitdefender says you can avoid this by adding the EXE file into a white list. For Git, which relies on Ubuntu through the Windows subsystem for Linux, you would visit AppData > Nearby > Microsoft > WindowsApps > ubuntu.exe. Standard desktop programs are generally under one of the two C drive’s program documents folders.

New for 2020: Anti-tracker browser extension
If there’s one thing that the world does not need it is another anti-tracker browser expansion. There is a lot of┬áchoices from security companies and third parties, as the open-source project uBlock Origin.

Nevertheless, the inclusion of an anti-tracking expansion to Bitdefender is a fantastic option. Bitdefender Total Security automatically adds these extensions into any of the main Windows browsers installed on your computer. The sole exception being Edge, which isn’t currently supported. Bitdefender intends to encourage Edge after Microsoft releases the Chromium-based version of Edge. Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Opera are all harmonious.

You install them, and the extension shows a count of the number of trackers are blocked on each page you visit.

What is really nice about Bitdefender’s expansion is the way that it organizes privacy information. When you click on the expansion whilst visiting a page, you get a huge amount of information regarding the attempted tracking. At the top is the entire amount of trackers blocked, in addition to the page load time without them. Below that you can see the blocked trackers categorized by their purposes like advertising, analytics, customer interaction, social networking, and “essential” trackers which are deemed critical to get a page’s operation. You can also switch off the anti-tracker by adding sites to a white list. Some news websites, by way of instance, may block access until you turn off your trackers.