Bitdefender Mac Antivirus Review
While Macs are less likely to become infected with malware than Windows, they aren’t invincible. If you have noticed your Mac behaving strangely, or you just want to be sure your device is clean, maybe it’s time to shop around for anti-virus for Mac. Below you will find a review of anti-malware software Bitdefender based on 6 criteria: protection, effect on device’s performance, user interface, extra features, compatibility, and price. These are the most important criteria to take into account when choosing the right anti-virus program for your Mac.
Bitdefender anti-virus for Mac review
Bitdefender is one of the most prominent cybersecurity companies. It not only is responsible for one of the best anti-virus programs out there, but it also regularly collaborates with various organizations on cybersecurity related projects. It has recently released a decryption tool for the notorious GandCrab ransomware, helping thousands of victims recover their files for free.
While Bitdefender mainly focuses on Windows computers, it has released an anti-virus for Mac computers.
Bitdefender for Mac has one of the best malware detection rates, and identifies a variety of different threats, from minor ones like adware to serious infections like trojans and ransomware. It also safeguards your files from ransomware, and offers an extension that will protect you from scam and phishing websites. While Bitdefender for Mac does not provide many additional features, it still is a very powerful anti-virus program.
Bitdefender for Mac Pros & Cons
- 30-day free trial;
- Safe Files protects files from encryption by ransomware;
- Great malware detection rates;
- User-friendly interface.
- Not many extra features available.
Bitdefender protection for Macs
When it comes to protection against malware, Bitdefender is one of the best. It has a great detection rate, and detects a variety of different threats, including trojans, rootkits, viruses, spyware, and adware. It will even detect Windows malware that could be inhabiting your Mac. Malware meant for Windows does not harm Mac computers, but it still should not be inhabiting your device.
It has real-time protection which will constantly monitor your device for incoming threats. Reliable real-time security is highly important because serious damage can be avoided if threats are stopped in time. With Bitdefender always monitoring your device, your computer will remain malware-free.
The browser extension that comes with the program will also stop you from visiting potentially dangerous or phishing websites. This is a highly important feature because phishing websites can look identical to legitimate sites, making it easy to fall for a phishing attempt.
Effect on device’s performance
In the past, anti-virus programs were often associated with performance issues. Because anti-virus programs use a lot of computer resources, it can have a negative impact on the device and cause it to act sluggishly. This used to be a major issue in the past but rarely affects computers nowadays.
When Bitdefender is running on your Mac, whether it’s performing a scan of the system or dealing with malware, you shouldn’t notice negative impact on your computer. You can leave it running in the background and go about your business as usual.
Having a user-friendly interface is essential for a security program. If users find it too complicated, they are not going to waste their time. At the same time, the design needs to be pleasing as well.
Bitdefender for Mac has a very simple interface, and a modern design. Launching scans is simple, you can easily access available features, and dealing with malware should not cause problems. Overall, users shouldn’t find Bitdefender complicated to use.
One of Bitdefender for Mac drawbacks is that it does not have many extra features. The ones that it does have are:
- VPN – Virtual Private Network (VPN) allows you to browse privately, gives you an extra layer of security, and allows you to bypass geo-restrictions. It encrypts your connections, allowing you to be completely private and safe even when using public Wi-Fi. A VPN is included in Bitdefender anti-virus for Mac, but it is limited. You get 200MB daily. While that may be enough to answer a few emails, 200MB is not enough to properly browse the Internet, not to mention stream/download something.
However, if you are willing to pay an extra €29.99/year, you can get the unlimited VPN.
- Safe Files – Bitdefender for Mac offers a Safe Files feature which blocks unauthorized apps from accessing your files. This essentially is an anti-ransomware feature as it would prevent the malware from encrypting your files.
- TrafficLight extension – The TrafficLight extension can be added to your browser if you want trackers to be blocked. It would also work as a kind of anti-phishing measure, since it would warn you when you are about to enter a phishing website.
Bitdefender for Mac is compatible with
- OS X Yosemite (10.10), OS X El Capitan (10.11),
- macOS Sierra (10.12),
- macOS High Sierra (10.13),
- macOS Mojave (10.14).
Bitdefender’s VPN is available only for:
- macOS Sierra (10.12),
- macOS 10.13 High Sierra,
- macOS Mojave (10.14).
In regards to price and subscription options for Macs, Bitdefender doesn’t offer much. There is actually just one plan available.
Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac. You can get Bitdefender anti-virus for Mac for €39.99/year for one device. A promotional offer of €47.99/year is also available if you wish to protect up to 3 Mac computers. For this plan, a 20% discount is offered for the first year, so instead of €59.99, you’d be paying €47.99. All available features are included in the plan, except for the unlimited VPN. The unlimited VPN is an extra €29.99/year.
Keep in mind that when purchasing an anti-virus subscription, you are usually signing up for auto renewal. And since the discount is only valid for the first year, you would be charged the full price when your subscription needs to be renewed. If you do not wish to be billed the full price or be billed again in general, make you cancel the subscription in time.
There is a 30-day free trial if you wish to test out the program. But again, make sure you cancel before the trial is up if you do not wish to be charged.
Bitdefender for Mac is a powerful anti-virus program, albeit lacking in extra features. The company behind it has a good reputation, and has helped millions of users in various ways. It’s definitely a program we recommend trying out, and you can test it out with the 30-day free trial.
However, while the available features are great, the lack of a password manager, a personal firewall, and parental controls is a bit disappointing, particularly because it’s not the cheapest program.