Bitdefender is simple to download from the Mac App Store and, after you’ve granted it access your security settings in System Preferences and full disk access, it’s set to go. It automatically updates its virus definitions and you can select between a Quick Scan or a Deep Scan. You can also choose to scan files or external volumes from a specified location. It comes with an effective anti-theft feature, also, which allows you to find and record an alarm on your device remotely, remove its articles and block it from connecting to wifi networks.
It also offers a knowledge base online with videos and articles. A fast custom scan on my test device took less than 5 minutes. It’s also one of the few rivals that include vulnerability scans that scans your device for outdated software as well as weak passwords.
Overall, Bitdefender is one of the most reliable malware scanners. It consistently gives impressive results in independent lab tests. It offers unbeatable spyware detection rates and a very well-rounded protection suite that includes features like password managers, a rapid VPN, an anti-tracker and parental controls. It includes machine protection as part of many of its business plans. This is a significant benefit over other services.
Bitdefender is simple to navigate and organizes its features in 3 categories: Protection, Privacy and Utilities. Protection is the component of Bitdefender that deals with features common to most antivirus programs, such as real time protection, firewall monitoring and countermeasures against ransomware. Privacy covers methods to ensure security while browsing the internet, for instance a safe browser (designed with shopping and banking websites in mind) that runs websites in a sandbox and prevents malware from contaminating your normal internet browser. The Utilities section contains useful utilities and optimization tools.