Bitdefender Security for Windows 8 Gives Security a New Look [MakeUseOf Rewards]

Matt Smith 13-12-2012

Bitdefender Security for Windows 8 Gives Security a New Look [MakeUseOf Rewards] bitdefenderMicrosoft’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 What Exactly Is Phishing & What Techniques Are Scammers Using? I’ve never been a fan of fishing, myself. This is mostly because of an early expedition where my cousin managed to catch two fish while I caught zip. Similar to real-life fishing, phishing scams aren’t... Read More attack and uses a virtual keyboard to help protect against keyloggers.


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.

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  1. Robin
    January 18, 2013 at 4:50 am

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


  2. Anonymous
    December 14, 2012 at 6:12 pm

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

  3. Nicola De Ieso
    December 14, 2012 at 4:35 pm

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

  4. Douglas Mutay
    December 14, 2012 at 8:00 am

    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?

  5. Junil Maharjan
    December 14, 2012 at 4:58 am

    It looks great but i will stay with windows defender

  6. Brandon Lockaby
    December 14, 2012 at 1:41 am

    I currently use AVG Internet Security 2012.

  7. Arun Vishnu
    December 14, 2012 at 12:39 am

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

  8. Arben Myrtaj
    December 13, 2012 at 9:52 pm

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

  9. Thehunting Lion
    December 13, 2012 at 8:09 pm

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

  10. Paulo Delgado
    December 13, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    I love bitdefender, but it is to expensive.

  11. Jose Alexandre Campoe
    December 13, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    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.

  12. Brenden Barlow
    December 13, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    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
      December 14, 2012 at 1:38 am

      How much RAM are you using?

      • Brenden Barlow
        December 14, 2012 at 2:34 am


        • Brandon Lockaby
          December 14, 2012 at 3:03 am

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

          I currently run DDR3, And really having no issues.

        • Brenden Barlow
          December 14, 2012 at 4:18 am

          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.