Bitdefender Security For Windows 8 Gives Security A New Look [MakeUseOf Rewards]

bitdefender   Bitdefender Security For Windows 8 Gives Security A New Look [MakeUseOf Rewards]Microsoft’s new operating system has taken a radically new approach to the user interface. It’’s sleek, it’s simple – and it’s controversial. Some software developers are already learning from what Microsoft has done and packaging it into their own software.

Bitdefender’s Windows 8 Security is an excellent example. It performs the same function as previous versions of software, and is just as effective. But it is also attractive, friendly and extremely easy to approach. Let’s take a closer look.

The Importance Of Integration

Bitdefender’s standard security suite already takes steps to make its interface easy to use. Rather than relying on large menus it uses a heavily graphical interface with a custom look that is compact but also informative. Below is a screencap of Bitdefender Total Security 2013’s main menu.

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Most of what you need to know is immediately available. Yet there are limits to what the company can do alone. Sleek though it may be, the software doesn’t build off the aesthetics of Windows because, before Windows 7, there wasn’t anything to build from.

Bitdefender’s Windows 8 Security is different. Take a look.

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This main menu is functionally similar but, because it builds off the very distinct style of Windows 8, it integrated better into the operating system. The big, bold, easy to read text is inviting, and individual features of the software can easily be found.

Look closer and you’ll notice other details, as well. The gear icons used to open settings are similar (but not identical) to those used in Windows 8’s own interface. Similar comments can be made of the expanded menu icons (the six rectangles in the lower left). Overall, the look and feel is instantly familiar to anyone who’s become accustomed to Windows 8.

This may not seem that important to our more technically adept readers but, as I’ve written in previous security articles, an understandable user interface is importance. A user who feels off-put or confused by security software probably won’t use it properly, which leaves them vulnerable. The intuitive, well-integrated interface of Bitdefender Windows 8 Security goes a long way towards ensuring the software is correctly used.

Still Full-Featured

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Despite the difference in name, Windows 8 Security is only somewhat different from Total Security 2013. It retains many key features including real-time virus protection (of course), parental controls, privacy protection and a firewall. These are the features any one-stop security solution absolutely must have.

The software also retains Silent Security. This feature, when turned to auto-pilot, takes care of basically everything necessary to keep your PC protected. It automatically updates the software and takes action whenever a threat is detected. Rather than prompting the user when they attempt to acquire a file that’s infected, the software simply refuses to let it be downloaded. And attempts to bypass the firewall are similarly rejected. This means the computer is protected without a flood of pop-ups that annoy or worry the end user.

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Another notable feature found in this software is Bitdefender Safepay. It’s a special secure browser that activates when the user conducts online transactions (it can also be opened via a shortcut). It’s kept away from all other software and browser extensions – which means it’s invulnerable to malware that might find its way in through those channels. Bitdefender also looks for signs that you’re being targeted by a phishing attack and uses a virtual keyboard to help protect against keyloggers.

Conclusion

Bitdefender offers a free 30-day trial of this software. After the trial is up, you can buy it for $59.95 to protect one PC or $74.95 to protect three PCs.

You can also acquire Bitdefender’s software through our MakeUseOf Rewards Program. Registered users earn points by making comments, sharing links and participating in MakeUseOf Answers. These points can then be redeemed for a copy of Bitdefender Internet Security 2013. Stock and point prices vary, so go check out the rewards page to see what is currently available.

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16 Comments -

Brenden Barlow

ooooo….i used this on my windows 7 machine about 2 or 3 months ago, and didnt much care for it (it was too much of a system hog for my liking), but since ive changed to windows 8, i may switch back for the cool look…i like the protection it provided, and the well polished interface it had, just didnt care for the resources.

Brandon Lockaby

How much RAM are you using?

Brenden Barlow

8GB.

Brandon Lockaby

Same as me, Are you using DDR 1, 2, or 3?

I currently run DDR3, And really having no issues.

Brenden Barlow

DDR2. It was a fairly old install of windows that i was running it on, though, and since i mess around a lot with the OS itself, that may have contributed quite a bit to it.

Jose Alexandre Campoe

Run as fast as you can! Yeah, it is pretty. It will also suck the life out of your PC and leave you with a slug to deal with. If you are an IT person, you “may” be able to make it usable. Don’t even think about installing it on your parent’s box.

Paulo Delgado

I love bitdefender, but it is to expensive.

Thehunting Lion

Want it very badly, but official price tag is too high anyhow, rewards way is good!

Arben Myrtaj

Hmm, let’s see, I never liked bit-defender’s interface but you never know.

Arun Vishnu

a nice security program,nice tILED sTYles BUT IAM STILL WAITING FOR MY FAVE avAST!

Brandon Lockaby

I currently use AVG Internet Security 2012.

Junil Maharjan

It looks great but i will stay with windows defender

Douglas Mutay

Very good one! I have redeemed for a copy of Bitdefender Internet Security 2013 and got a licence key. Is it possible to redeem again and get another licence for another computer that I own?

Nicola De Ieso

This interface looks very beautiful. Unfortunately, the price is too high: for example, for 10 pc for three years the price is 439€

Anonymous

The interface is a killer! Might just upgrade to Windows 8 to get this interface! XD

Robin

Bitdefender windows 8 security, hmm little expensive but worth for best security software.

Robin.