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Bitdefender VS Avast Antivirus Comparison 2021

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Are you looking for an antivirus that will keep your devices safe from the next ransomware attack or data-thieving trojans? Independent labs like AV-Test and AV-Compare identify over 300,000 new threats every day, so your hunt for the best antivirus is totally justified.

The market is also flooded with lots of lame antivirus packages that leave you exposed, which is why you need to confirm whether the protection they advertise is worth your money.

The bad guys are getting smarter every day, which is why you need to entrust your privacy with the most modernized antivirus package. Of the most trusted names in the market, Bitdefender and Avast are highly recommended.

Their security suites are updated in real-time. The two also provide a wide range of packages to suit your budget, including a free version. We, however, advise against those free options since most of them don’t really stop any significant threats.

Both companies came into 2020 with powerful upgrades to protect individual and family devices. This review compares each security feature from Avast and Bitdefender and how well it will serve you. It is unbiased, based totally on independent tests and our own evaluation of each security suite on our devices. You also get a free trial from both companies to get the feel of how the security you pay for will work.

Here is a detailed review of each company’s 2021 product.

Bitdefender Antivirus 2021

Bitdefender is a household name covering more than 500,000 devices worldwide. It is popular for three main packages that come with a wonderful offer at half price for the first year. Total security has all the features, although the other two packages also carry all the essential security features, as explained below.

It also has a family license key that covers 10 devices in your family with Total Security. Bitdefender accommodates a wide range of users; the app is largely independent and works without requiring much action from you. Its silent vigilance also makes it the best antivirus for busy and non-tech-savvy users.

Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2021

Antivirus Plus is the entry-level suite which covers three PCS, which is on the downside. We feel it would be better if it extended at least to include Android and iOS. It carries all the essential features for Hard drive and web protection. It is best suited for a home computer, especially if you don’t need parental control. It includes a VPN, a password manager, and a firewall alongside Bitdefender’s powerful threat detection and neutralization.

Bitdefender Internet Security 2021

Internet security  is the mid-range package that also covers PCs only. It comes with lots of extra powerful features, including a two-way firewall, a File shredder, a WIFI scanner, and parental control, which is better than you will find with most mid-range packages. One license covers three PCS and also gives you access to webcam and microphone monitors alongside all the features of Antivirus Plus.

It also comes with a WIFI scanner to protect your device when using public WIFI. Bitdefender, however, denied it the device optimizer so you won’t get a startup optimizer, disk cleanup, and other system boosting features. It is still one of the best mid-range packages in the market for families and multiple-device owners.

Bitdefender Total Security 2021

This is Bitdefender`s most widely purchased package coming with everything you may need to protect devices across all networks. Total security includes anti-theft protection for Android, and laptops and also carries device optimization famous for optimizing resource usage by the apps on your device.

One license allows you to activate on five different devices of your choice, including Mac, iOS, Windows, and Android. With Bitdefender Total Security, you also get access to the advanced network monitors that make your home network safer.

Bitdefender also packs some specific products such as Bitdefender for Mac, Premium VPN, and Parental control, which you can invest in in case you are facing a bigger problem. most of the extra products are just an extension of Total Security utilities though.

New Features from Bitdefender in 2021

  1. AI Supported Parental Control

Bitdefender came in 2020 with a powerful revolution of traditional parental control that includes a better message and social network monitoring, browser surveillance, and a cyberbullying monitor. The powerful extension costs $50 more and is accessible for both Internet Security and Total Security License key holders. It scans your child`s calls and messaging for foul language, inappropriate content requested or received, and any attempts to bypass Bitdefender Parental control parameters.

It also monitors social networks and messaging apps for signs of bullying. The AI-assisted data analysis keeps a copy of your child`s media online but limits your access to the basics such as the website accessed or the source of the bullying which also protects the child`s privacy.

It can also be accessed by both parents rather than other antivirus apps that only give you one parent license. It always notifies you of the nature of the threat and advises you to speak to the child.

The traditional parental control features are still free on Internet Security and Total Security, allowing you to set screen time, track your child on GPS, and monitor content both online and via messaging apps. All the features of Parental Control are accessible on the web through Bitdefender Central, allowing you to check notifications and execute actions remotely.

  1. Anti-Tracker

This was a major boost to browsing safety offered by Bitdefender, preventing predatory sites from collecting your data and using it against you. It blocks all attempts by websites to track and save your browsing data and records the instances of attempted tracking.

You can check the extension to see blocked attempts. It also lists the motive of each site that attempted to track you. This is better than traditional anti-tracker extensions. It also gives you an option to whitelist trusted websites.

  1. Safe Files

Bitdefender added this feature way back for protection of the most important files and folders on your computer, which you can simply mark for extra protection. Bitdefender then sets extra virtual storage on your computer for the files and requires your password for any app or user to open them.

In 2020 Bitdefender made Safe Files extra vigilant to check for ransomware attacks and attempted copying of these files without your approval. It blocks even some system apps from carrying out actions on your marked files, which some people on reddit consider to be overzealous but we believe it is totally justified.

  1. Microphone Monitor

Microphone breaches give away your calls and conversations to some sneaky eavesdropping apps, which is why Bitdefender 2020 licenses come with a microphone monitor. It limits the apps that have access to your microphone and informs you if any app with access to it is behaving maliciously.

This is the same feature that has improved its parental control to be able to monitor foul language and cyberbullying attacks on your child. It is an addition to the webcam monitor, which they introduced earlier.

  1. Remote Functions

Bitdefender central received the highest score by many software review platforms for allowing account holders to carry out critical actions remotely. It is not a replacement to the My Bitdefender App Interface. Instead, it just gives you more control of devices which are covered by your activation code.

It allows you to initiate scans on other devices covered by your license, check and implement vulnerability status recommendations and also initiate anti-theft actions remotely. It is the best way to cover home-based devices even if you are not at home.

Features we like In Bitdefender 2021

  1. Threat Detection

AV-Test and AV-Compare both gave Bitdefender Total Security a perfect score in detecting Widespread threats. Bitdefender also scored 99.9% in detecting zero-day threats attributed to its suspicious behavior focus when scanning for threats around files and websites. Bitdefender Anti-phishing is also powerful, detecting some of the best cloned masquerading websites, some not even previously listed as threats.

The Bitdefender threat database is also updated in real-time, protecting your device from all threats as soon as you are online. Bitdefender also packs a Rescue Mode that recovers all your files and system apps after a deep cleaning and rebooting your computer.

Its protection is rated as one of the best in the market as it combats most threats before they even interact with your hard drive. It also clean up all online downloads including blockage of fishy websites that try to do download and install apps on your hard drive without your approval.

  1. Performance

In our tests, we noticed very little lag time on Windows and Mac after installing Bitdefender. The impact on Android and iOS was even lower as you couldn`t notice any change in startup time.

Bitdefender comes with a system optimization feature that allows the app to use your system resources economically. Its startup optimizer also reduces the number of programs launched simultaneously every time your device starts to prevent lags.

Bitdefender’s full scans are also Quick since Bitdefender uses its Global Protective Network feature to move full analysis of threats to a cloud server rather than doing everything on the device, which could slow other System functions. It also allows you to activate zero-disturbance modes when gaming, watching or working, which automatically stops unnecessary pop-ups.

  1. Internet Banking Safety

Provision of a hardened browser when making online payments, filling in your credit card or debit card details. Whenever you need to transact online, Bitdefender Safe Pay opens a safe browser for you and fills in your banking details if you have saved them on Bitdefender. It protects against tracking and phishing attempts that intend to collect your banking details.

  1. Web Security

Bitdefender`s protection for your device once it goes online has been improved a step further with a powerful two-layered firewall and a network scanner. It protects your device against botnets and hard hacks through your network, making it safe to use both public WIFIs and your shared home network.

Bitdefender also scans all the search results in your browser and promptly blocks suspicious URLs that are labeled as scammers, phishing sites, or other malicious links. Bitdefender also scans emails and downloads for spam and suspicious attachments and quarantines them before they interact with your hard drive. Its free VPN allows you up to 200mb of traffic for each device. You have to pay extra for unlimited traffic VPN.

  1. Anti-Theft

Many companies now allow you to track, lock, or wipe your phone with their antitheft features. Bitdefender, however, will enable you to trace your laptop as well and lock it or wipe in case of loss. Its anti-theft service is, however, limited to Total Security only. It still allows you to activate a ring or vibration or take a snap of a person attempting to unlock your pattern or pin on android.

Pros

  • Little impact on regular device speed
  • Top-rated antivirus protection
  • Safe Pay makes banking and paying online safe
  • Two-way firewall and network scanner
  • Parental control detects cyberbullying
  • Free premium password manager
  • Anti-Theft extends to computers

Cons

  • Premium parental control costs extra
  • Antivirus Plus and Internet Security support PCs only

Avast Antivirus 2021

Avast Free Antivirus is the most popular free antivirus in the market, but its premium service packages have also become famous for delivering a more robust protection. Avast`s packages are divided into three suites namely a free antivirus, premium protection and Ultimate protection. It offers individual packages for Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android.

In 2020, Avast abandoned their Internet Security Packages and instead opted for a cheaper option of premium protection that gives you an activation code for only one device. We discuss each package below, including Avast for Mac.

Avast Free Antivirus 2021

Avast Free Antivirus is available alongside all their premium versions for each system. The package is the most impressive of any free antivirus in the market, but we still don’t recommend it. It was recently hit by scandals of being used as a data collection tool by the company.

Our tests, however, proved that Avast free Antivirus is way below basic protection so it won’t protect you against any significant threat.

The free antivirus provides a basic version of password protection, a browser, and file clean-up, free scanning and device protection as well as a WIFI Inspector. It also includes a game mode and anti-disturbance features, although it keeps prompting you to upgrade all the time you want to do anything.

Avast Premium Security 2021

Avast packages come with an option to either pay for one device or 10 devices. The difference is just $20 to get the extra devices unless you have a coupon code. This Premium Multidevice package for which competes with Bitdefender Total security is their most affordable package although it has less premium features. It has many basic functions split down but not necessarily different from Bitdefender functions.

The package is loaded with most features you need from a premium antivirus tool, including a firewall, a data shredder, a webcam monitor, Ransomware protection, and a tool called Sandbox that protects you when you navigate unsafe sites or run unsafe apps.

The package has powerful antivirus protection with anti-phishing and antispam protection. It doesn`t include parental control, a VPN, and extra safety for online payments, which makes Bitdefender Internet Security more economical in that aspect.

Avast Ultimate Security 2021

This is the full utility Package from Avast for any privacy-conscious device owners that comes with an unlimited VPN, a premium password manager, an improved system optimizer and cleanup that optimizes your system better than the lower tier packages. It is also split into two main packages charged $99.99 for one device and 119.99 for 10 devices. It still lacks a premium parental control tool. It is, however, a powerful all rounded package.

Avast Premium Security for Mac 2021

Avast has a specialized antivirus for Mac, which also comes with one free package and a paid premium version that offers more vigilant protection. It provides the extra security that you will not get with Apple`s basic security features, including an unlimited VPN, Ransomware protection, a WIFI scanner, and a WEB Security protection utility.

They protect you from Spam, Phishing attacks, and other web-based threats. It doesn`t include a hardened browser for Safe Pay and parental control, which still gives Bitdefender an upper hand. Mac packages have similar features and pricing standards as Windows Premium and Ultimate.

New Features from Avast in 2021

Avast did not make many changes in its 2020 packages. Their most improved feature is the customizable interface of Avast Ultimate. After installing their premium packages, they allow you to choose from their 21 features the ones you want to activate. This means you can choose if you need the firewall, VPN, premium cleaner, and other features. This is better than most antivirus packages, which assume you need all the applications included in their packages.

  1. Avast Free Antivirus

While we are not great fans of free antivirus, Avast`s free antivirus packages proved quite impressive. Avast tends to woe in customers through their free antivirus, which is why it has more features than most free plans in the market.

Apart from giving you full access to hard drive protection and clean up, Avast free antivirus also gives you access to a password manager, A WIFI scanner, and also browsing protection, which has anti-phishing protection.

However, as impressive as Avast free antivirus may sound, it is not as solid as it may sound. Most of the features are only a skeleton of what is given in paid features. The password manager doesn`t tell you if your password is weak nor even inform you if your password is breached. It just imports your passwords, sometimes without your authorization, and auto-fills them whenever you need them.

It also has a fishy way of trying to force you to upgrade whenever you reboot your computer. Avast free antivirus has been known to allow lots of threats to slip through with some reviewers, even accusing Avast of using it as a way of collecting data for sale. That is why we highly recommend investing in a robust paid plan with features that impress you.

  1. Avast Premium Clean Up

Avast`s premium clean up goes a long way in clearing your device of some data that most antivirus software won`t even identify. Avast premium clean up identifies old registry files from old system files you no longer use and other software that you may never need. It also clears Brocken and remnant files from software and cache junk that fills up your hard storage.

The premium cleaner also removes rootkit infections that normal full scans may not be able to clear. It is closely rated to Bitdefender Rescue Mode, although it goes further in optimizing your device. It, however, comes at an extra cost as a single package, which may not be worth it for most devices you use for your usual light projects.

  1. Sandbox

All Avast Paid packages include this one, and it is such a deal-breaker. It allows you to open files and run apps whose security you doubt safely without affecting the overall security of your PC or Mac. It is especially suitable for opening apps downloaded via torrent download platforms. It is especially unique and life-changing for most personal device owners.

  1. Sensitive data shield

Protecting sensitive documents on your computer has to be your top priority. Most antivirus packages in the market, however, only protect the files you identified as sensitive. Avast, once installed on your device, scans all your files for documents that may include sensitive details of you from CVs to IDs.

It uses a smart scanner that locates Social Security Numbers, Bank account numbers, and any other details that may look sensitive. We especially enjoyed the way it tells you the location of these files, some that you may have forgotten about. It then establishes a shield around them against spyware and brute attacks.

  1. Passive Mode

We don’t encourage running multiple antivirus software on your phone or computer at the same time, but when one fails, you may not have an option but to switch. While upgrading, you may still need the features of one antivirus hence a reason to keep both.

In such cases, although rare, you can really use the allowance to run both on your device. With Avast Passive mode, you can run any other antivirus package of your choice with Avast on your device.

Pros

  • It can run alongside another antivirus
  • Customizable user interface
  • The free version has more useful features
  • The Software updater locates and updates apps in your system
  • Sandbox helps utilize apps you don’t trust

Cons

  • Its password manager imports your passwords without authorization
  • When installed, it automatically installs Avast secure browser and sets it as default

Direct Comparison

  1. Protection

Despite the number of extras added by the company, its protection against offline and online threats on your device, as well as brute hacks is always the ultimate test of superiority. In labs where Bitdefender 2020 and Avast 2020 were tested concurrently, Bitdefender always came in on top.

AV-Test gave Bitdefender 6 out of 6 in April 2019 while Avast scored only 5.5 Out of 6 in detecting Widespread threats, Zero-day threats, Phishing threats, and network-based attacks. Bitdefender retained the top spot alongside Norton in the AV-Comparatives Real-World Threats test in June 2019 where Avast dropped out of the top 5.

Bitdefender`s superior threat detection means there is hardly any suspicious attack that will go past its web security or its vigilant device monitoring shield. Bitdefender uses a behavior scanner to detect suspicious behavior around apps and files.

Its system is better suited in beating attempted hard breaches compared to Avast. In Out tests, Avast displayed more false positives than Bitdefender. Bitdefender Safe Files, however, denied access to some known trusted apps for files we marked for extra protection.

  1. Performance

This has been a concern for Avast customers despite an increase in its market share over the years. While Bitdefender includes a system optimizer that allows the app to adapt to the device and use only available resources, Avast doesn`t do much in terms of improving performance. In our tests, we realized a huge increase in lag time during startup, streaming, and opening vital programs with Avast installed. With Bitdefender, there was hardly any significant increase in lag time even when streaming except when the VPN was activated.

  1. Package Features

Avast packages increase in price very sharply once you get off the free package and free trial compared to Bitdefender. Bitdefender offers you their licenses at half price, and they become even cheaper if you utilize available coupon codes for their packages.

With Bitdefender, purchasing their top package, Bitdefender Total Protection 2020, or their family package guarantees you access to all features, including parental control. Independent features are more justified, except paying extra for unlimited VPN traffic.

Avast comes with some unique features as well that allow you to walk through known risky ground easily, such as Sandbox and extra premium clean Up. Other Important Packages from Avast also tend to come as independent packages that tend to cost a lot more, such as their Secure Line VPN and their Premium Cleaner.

Final Note

In 2021, to stay safe whenever you are online, you will have to invest in the best protection package available. Bitdefender and Avast both offer an option to be protected for free, but as our tests proved, it is just not enough.

We tested the various utilities offered by each company to help you justify every penny you spend on your protection with these two antiviruses. This guide will help you choose the best Antivirus between Bitdefender and Avast for your specific needs in 2021.

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The 7 best antivirus for Mac

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Today we bring you a compilation of the best antivirus for Mac so that you can protect your system against possible threats.

Although Apple is known for not having viruses in its system, there are cases in which you may find yourself in an unwanted situation and that is why we have prepared a list of the best antivirus for Mac .

There are people who for different reasons prefer to always keep their computers safe, especially if they contain very valuable and vital information for their lives, following the popular saying ‘prevention is better than cure’.

But if Apple does not have a virus then …

Do you need an antivirus for Mac?

The short answer is that it is generally not necessary. This is because its operating system incorporates different security protocols that make it difficult to access. However, this does not mean that it does not exist, has existed and will exist malware that puts your system at risk.

The increase in sales and use of Apple products in recent years has brought with it an increase in malware. For this reason, many people are interested in the best antivirus for Mac and thus be able to use them on their computers.

It is important to emphasize that compared to Windows there are almost no risks to your security. In fact, a large part of the viruses that enter Mac do so through Windows applications along with web pages and emails.

However, if you are not sure of the sites you browse, the applications you download, or you simply have bad luck with viruses, then it may be a good idea to install protection on your computer.

Types of antivirus

At this point you are probably wondering if you need an antivirus for your Mac . In the market there is a wide variety of offers and depending on what you are looking for, one or the other will suit you.

In this article we have compiled a list of the best antivirus for Mac, each analyzed individually, showing our opinions on their characteristics, advantages, disadvantages, important data and general analysis of their operation.

We have divided them mainly into 2 categories that are self-explanatory, free antivirus for Mac and paid. You probably already know that paid products tend to provide more functionality and coverage in their programs, although this does not mean that free Mac antivirus are not reliable or functional.

Free Antivirus for Mac

This is the option for people who do not want to invest in an antivirus but at the same time want to protect their computer from what may happen. There are a wide variety of options to choose from and we have chosen the ones that seem most optimal to us.

Say that they are all very good options and surely meet expectations.

Avast Free Mac Security

Avast has very good malware protection reaching 99.17% threat detection. This places it among the best antivirus for Mac not only because it’s free but also because of its reliability.

Outstanding features

Unlike its free competitors, Avast has an email scanning system to ensure that nothing strange enters through links, files and messages.

However, it lacks some features that other antivirus include such as parental control. They also don’t have an advanced firewall or webcam blocker.

A plus is also that it has an extension in Google Chrome that indicates when a page is safe to visit or can be potentially harmful.

Interface

At first glance, it is a relatively simple interface, although not as simple as others. Provides with a wide variety of data for fans of analysis and research. For this reason it can be a bit complex.

Avast Opinions and Conclusions

Avast is one of the best free antivirus for Mac due to its high level of protection and its additional bonus for scanning emails. Despite not having some features that others offer, it has a good scanning speed.

Finally, the design of its interface is more aimed at users with a medium-high level because it has many tabs, menus and data that a beginner user could miss.

Avira Free Antivirus Mac

It has moderately good protection from threats but it is not the best by far. It can detect 93.33% of malware coming from Windows , which is a high percentage but it does not reach the 99% that others have. These are data to take into account to select among the best antivirus for Mac.

Outstanding features

One of its good things is that it has little impact on your computer’s speed when scanning in the background. However, when it does a full scan it is much slower compared to Avast.

To be free, it has a good system performance comparable to many other paid antivirus.

Interface

Here comes the best of Avira. Its interface is similar to that of other applications for Mac which stand out for their simplicity, elegance and functionality. This program is very intuitive and uncomplicated to use, easily accessible to any user.

Opinions on Avira and conclusions

This antivirus enters this list of the best antivirus for Mac especially for its simplicity in use. Not all users have the same facility to use this type of software and Avira is the ideal choice for these people.

That it is simple does not imply that it is a bad antivirus since it has a good percentage of protection and detection of threats. What I mean is that there are other free antivirus for Mac that have better features and at the same time are more difficult to exploit. Everything is to try since they are free and keep the one that best suits your needs.

Sophos Home Security Free

It has a fairly high score but far from the best in malware detection at 98.4% . Despite this result, it is honestly still a fairly high number and has other benefits that give it added value.

Outstanding features

You have 2 differentiating characteristics among your competitors that are worth highlighting. The first is that you can link with up to 10 other devices from a single account . The second is that it has a remote control that allows access and monitoring of processes from another computer.

As for parental control, it is a delicacy to have remote control of the systems linked to the account. You can set filters on the pages that you do not want your children to visit and also keep a history of the attempts to access those pages.

Interface

Sophos has a simple and easy-to-use interface. Nothing out of the other world in terms of aesthetics or functionality, but at the same time it is not complicated to handle.

Opinions on Sophos and conclusions

Among the best antivirus for Mac that are free, this is a good candidate especially for families who do not want to spend a lot of money on an antivirus. By having the remote control available one can know if their children are trying to access pages that are not suitable for them and at the same time protect their systems from possible threats.

AVG Antivirus Free

Together with Avast it has excellent protection, being able to detect 99% of threats . This is essential information for the proper functioning of a product of this style.

Outstanding features

It is a relatively simple antivirus since it has a main function and focuses on fulfilling it to perfection. This function is as mentioned before the protection of the equipment.

On the other hand, the only downside is that it only detects and cleans malware. In other words, it doesn’t offer any additional features that others have. The result of having a functionality is that it is easy to use.

Interface

Probably one of the best interfaces of all the antivirus analyzed. Its use is intuitive and you don’t have to be a genius to know how to handle it. It has few buttons to choose from and few tabs to get lost in, which according to the user can be positive or negative.

Opinions on AVG and conclusions

For its ability to protect the system which is the main task that it has to perform and for its ease of use we include AVG in the list. We especially recommend it for those users who do not want to be too complicated when it comes to cleaning their computer and keeping it protected.

Premium antivirus for Mac

For those who are willing to make an investment and ensure that their devices have the best quality of protection. Antivirus paid options offer several more advanced customization options that free ones do not.

Kaspersky Internet Security

Kaspersky has almost perfect protection, detecting 99.17% of malware, although other unofficial tests give it 100%. But that this does not influence you when deciding because it incorporates a wide variety of defensive systems such as a password processor, backup copies and encrypted files.

Outstanding features

This antivirus has many security packages adapted to your needs, however these are not free. The basic version of this software does not have all the features that its packages offer.

Another aspect to note is that they have a virtual keyboard that prevents the entry of keyloggers. Keyloggers are a type of malware that detects everything you have typed on the keyboard. Some virtual keyboards like the ones you can find in some online banks avoid this type of practice.

Interface

Unlike other antivirus, this one presents an open and airy interface that leaves a wide space between texts and buttons.

Opinions on Kaspersky and conclusions

If you plan to buy the entire coverage package then this is probably one of the best paid antivirus for Mac. Since it has so many protection-oriented features such as file encryption or the virtual keyboard, among others. Now, if you are looking to use its basic package then you may find better options on the market for the basic price.

BitDefender Virus Scanner

BitDefender has the best protection against malware and ransomware reaching 100% in AV tests. It is because of this fact that it is one of the best antivirus for Mac on the market.

Outstanding features

An interesting component is that it allows you to locate the device on a map as long as it is connected. Although without a doubt its main characteristic is that of the protection already mentioned above.

A negative aspect is that it does not have a VPN or software to make backup copies if these are aspects that you are looking for in an antivirus. Another may be that the initial system scan is slow, although this I do not think is something to assess since it is only done at the beginning.

Interface

Its interface does not seem very complicated to use, although unlike the best antivirus for Mac that are free, it offers many more features as it is paid.

Bitdefender opinions and conclusions

If what you are looking for is the best protection on the market, this is undoubtedly the best choices. Now since all paid antivirus compete with each other, then there are very few differences, it is a matter of priorities. Anyway, almost all of them offer a free trial period so you can see how they work.

Norton Security

Norton has an excellent protection system, equaling its competitors with 99.17% detection of Windows malware. It should be noted that although there is little malware coming from Mac, Norton was able to detect and clean all malware from Mac.

Outstanding features

Paradoxically in this section Norton stands out more for the negative than for the positive despite entering our list of best antivirus for Mac and then I tell you why.

The main negative is its price. For what it offers it seems an excessive price and there are free Mac antivirus that offer comparable features saving the distances. On the other hand, Norton has a high impact on the system when scanning and is a bit slower than others.

Interface

It is beautiful although at first it can be a bit confusing because some options are in tabs that are not intuitive at first.

Opinions on Norton and conclusions

Perhaps the question in this section would be why it is included in this list if it seems that it has more good parts than bad. The fact is that Norton at least in my eyes was always one of the most famous antivirus for computers and that is why I wanted to make a special mention of it. At the same time reiterate the issue of prices and how there are other antivirus with more competitive prices.

So is it worth installing an antivirus on Mac?

Regardless of whether you install an antivirus on your computer, it is always good to make good use of the internet. If you browse through safe sites and don’t download unknown or suspicious applications, you shouldn’t have any problems. Emails can contain harmful links and files that are not Mac dependent and you should pay special attention to what is downloaded.

Now anyone can get a virus on their computer and if you want to make sure you can catch them in time it is good to have a protection system installed.

Of all the free options, we recommend Avast Free Mac Security and of the paid options, choose between Kaspersky Internet Security or Bitdefender Virus Scanner.

Thank you very much for your attention. I hope that this list of the best antivirus for Mac will help you to decide on the one that best suits your needs.

 

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The best free Antivirus in 2021

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Are you a Windows PC user? Then this information is for you. You must also run one of the best antivirus software. Want to pay nothing for it? Yes, Nothing? We have a list of the best applications for free antivirus.

Windows 10 has built-in Windows Defender antivirus software, and it is more than a free competitor. But the features and comfort of the best-priced antivirus security cannot be quite matched. The best paying antivirus suites provide functionality that extends well beyond fundamental malware security. You may provide specific malware and webcam hijacking protections, additional capabilities such as file shredding or device optimization and features that deal with stand-alone providers such as password managers, cloud backup systems, VPNs ID authentication.

The best antivirus manufacturers usually sell some paying Windows offerings that are malware-identical but more additional features as costs are increasing. The standard Kaspersky antivirus, the Kaspersky Internet Security midrange and Kaspersky Total Security are all available. Their various feature sets are for particular consumers, and at the end of this purchasing guide, we will illustrate this further.

A poll of technology authors and online feedback shows many opinions, which is the preferred programme. Kaspersky Free Antivirus is the most widely mentioned malware. Bitdefender AV will be our absolute preference. In corporate offices for endpoint security, the paid variant of the Bitdefender is still commonly used. It’s the top selection for certain programmes. Other common rated are the Windows 10 Defender AV, Avira Free Antivirus, Panda Cloud AV and the AVG AV Free.

Top free AV software

Avast has been selected for high stealth virus identification. Avira’s software also offers high virus highlighting action, but an expert warns it’s supplied with advertisements. The most common personal computer operating system compliant software is the Windows built-in Defender. Panda Cloud is famous for remote cloud server protection, meaning the machine does not slow down with antivirus testing. Windows Defender, along with Panda, features clear interfaces and fully automatic malware updates and deletions.

Avast is free notable for educational institutes. 

Avast recently built goodwill on the market by offering the full version to districts of the schools, public schools and universities. Jonathan Penn, Strategy Manager of Avast, quoted USA Today as stating that it will be free for the schools to help the institutions.

To ensure the latest updates check from time to time an antivirus.

It would help if you were mindful that regardless of what free virus software you use, it is important to search regularly to ensure having a new version and the software installed. It is difficult for antivirus makers to keep up with the producers of viruses. Less than one million new malware variants existed in 2000 and over 49 million existed by 2010.

Make the best decision in installing free Antivirus software.

Because of malware waves and illegal computer robbery over the Internet, you will have to search for what you do have periodically. As some free programmes do, be alert when selecting the apps because advertisements, add-ons or malware tracking are not sweet. Some programmes for this purpose are Windows Defender, AvG’s Anti-virus, Avira AV, Avast AV, and Panda Cloud are the top ones so far.

Bottom Line:

The free-virus scan engine from Avira, built on cloud, is one of the best on the market,

it is lightweight, rapid, fully detected and 100% free. The Avira Safe Shopping plugin extension and privacy optimizer, all offering considerable improvement on the built-in security from Microsoft.

You will need to upgrade to one of Avira’s premium plans for more sophisticated internet security support, but it is not better than Avira when it comes to free Windows antivirus programmes.

You will download all these free antivirus programmes online.

 

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The Best VPNs for iPhone (iOS) & iPad in 2021

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The truth is that iOS and iPad OS are the most secure mobile platforms, which they owe in particular to Apple’s tight control over its App Store. However, when it comes to your online privacy, there’s little Apple can do to protect you. Of course, tracking attempts are limited on Safari and Apple prevents apps from collecting unnecessary data, but nothing can replace a full VPN app, especially if you strive for complete online anonymity. So the big question is, what’s the best VPN for iPhone and iPad in 2021? Don’t worry, we’ve got the answer.

The first thing you need to know is that you need a native VPN app. Many VPN services promise iPhone and iPad compatibility, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they offer native apps. In reality, most of these services rely on manual configurations which can be complex and limiting (especially over the long term). That’s why all the VPNs featured in this article each have a well-designed, easy-to-use, and regularly updated native app.

Finally, there is one more thing to take into account. The VPN services presented in this article are considered the best VPNs for iPhone and iPad. That doesn’t mean, however, that they are all alike. They each have their own features, have various types of server networks, and can unblock different categories of sites, among others. So, are you planning to use a VPN to surf the web? Are you planning to use a streaming service on your iOS device? Or maybe you want to download torrents on your iPhone and iPad?It is based on your answers to these questions that you will need to select the service that is right for you. So pay attention to the descriptions of the following VPN services to know everything you need to know.

Before we dive into this list of the best VPNs for iPhones and iPads, we first have some important information to share. Read the following carefully.

Do you need a VPN for iOS? Aren’t iPhones the most private smartphones on the market?

It is true that Apple has done a lot when it comes to privacy for their software and electronic products. Thanks to Apple’s massive “Privacy on iPhone ” advertising campaign and a dedicated page highlighting the company ‘s privacy measures, many of us believe that privacy on iPhones is extremely well secured. If we make a comparison with Android phones, this is indeed the case. However, it’s still wise to take matters into your own hands, which is why there are so many VPNs designed for iOS.

Most of the tasks you do on an iPhone rely on your internet connection. This means that there is a constant flow of incoming and outgoing web data. You’re going to want to protect that data and make sure no one can see what you’re doing online. This is precisely what a VPN is for. This service is indeed designed to hide everything in a secure tunnel and thus improve your privacy and online security.

VPNs are also useful for accessing restricted sites and apps. It doesn’t matter if you are traveling or just want to access sites unavailable in your country / region, a VPN can help. So you can watch foreign TV channels and international sports competitions very easily from your iPhone.

How to find a reliable iOS VPN? What should you pay attention to?

With so many different VPNs available on the market, it can be difficult to find the best VPN for iPhone and iPad. However, we are here to help. So let’s talk about the important features to consider when choosing a VPN for iOS.

  • VPN Protocols for iOS: You will notice that VPNs feature a whole series of VPN protocols . However, due to some constraints of Apple’s iOS system, you probably won’t use all of these protocols. So pay attention to what your VPN offers for iOS (you’ll want to use OpenVPN, IKEv2, or IPSec).
  • No Data Logging: If privacy is the reason you want to go with a VPN service, choose one that has a no-logging policy. You will usually find independent audits that determine whether or not these claims are being met. Also, checking the background of a VPN should be a must-do task to ensure that you don’t run any security risks in the future.
  • Many servers: To get the best possible speed, you’ll want to connect to a server in your country. VPNs with lots of servers usually have the best performance and give you a variety of connections. They are also useful for unblocking online content.
  • Well-designed and up-to-date VPN apps : Once you’ve narrowed down your selection of VPNs, head to the iOS App Store. Track their app ratings, update frequency, and what other users are saying about them. You want a VPN that offers a regularly updated app that cares about the privacy of its subscribers.
  • Reliable Customer Service: Finally, don’t underestimate the importance of customer service. Reputable VPN services offer 24/7 live chat through their website so you don’t have to wait if you have a problem with your VPN.

Why not go for a free VPN for iPhones and iPads?

People with bad intentions see VPNs as a way to take advantage of your privacy. This is the reason why you will find fake VPNs on the web, as well as fake VPN sites, designed for the sole purpose of collecting your personal information. As you can imagine, they come in the form of free VPNs. In addition, free VPNs are among the most well-known VPN scams and have a rather aggressive reach.

We understand that you may be hesitant to spend money on a VPN, but remember that the consequences of someone gaining access to your personal data can be serious. Prevention is always better than cure, which is why we strongly recommend that you avoid free VPN services at all costs. Be sure to find out why free VPNs are not safe .

We also understand that some of you are on a tight budget, which is why we made sure to recommend a whole host of value-for-money VPN apps. In other words, you will only have to shell out a few dollars a month, which makes these VPN services very attractive. You can also rely on the refund policies which are quite generous (up to 30 days).

What are the best VPNs for iPhones and iPads in 2021?

Here we are at the heart of our article. These VPNs are the 7 best VPNs for iPhones and iPads in 2021 .

1. ExpressVPN

In the horse world, ExpressVPN would be a thoroughbred. Some VPNs excel in some areas while they are less good in others. ExpressVPN has clearly taken everything into account, from A to Z. The service is comprehensive and every part of it is presented in a professional and presentable manner. That’s why we think ExpressVPN is one of the best general VPNs of 2021 .

ExpressVPN for iOS has everything you’ll need to protect this operating system. It allows you to choose the VPN protocol, maintain a stable connection even under the most complex conditions, and adequately protect your data and location. ExpressVPN’s security and privacy puts this service at the top of the scale, especially by offering a nice selection of protocols for iOS. In addition, the service uses extremely secure protocols and applies a no-logging policy so that you can surf the web in complete freedom. And if the app itself wasn’t enough, ExpressVPN takes customer service a step further. Not only does ExpressVPN stand out for customer service in the VPN market,

Compared to other VPN services for iOS, ExpressVPN’s features allow it to be one of the best in its market, especially thanks to its speed and stability. This isn’t the best VPN service though, as it lacks additional features. On iPhone and iPad, only the choice of country and VPN protocols are available. No other additional functions are available compared to what the service offers for other operating systems.

What are the special features of ExpressVPN on iOS?

+ Choice of protocol

– No useful additional functionality from other platforms

– No free trial

If you plan to use ExpressVPN on iOS in addition to using it on your desktop or Android devices, this is a good service. However, if your primary goal is to use a VPN on an iOS device, you should go for another VPN service like Surfshark .

You can learn more about this VPN service by checking out our ExpressVPN review . There you will find additional information as to why we are convinced that ExpressVPN is one of the best VPNs for iPhone of 2021.

ExpressVPN for iOS is available from the Apple App Store , but be sure to sign up at expressvpn.com first .

  • Main functionalities and particularities: very powerful VPN service; one of the most popular options on the market; excellent privacy protection; ideal for using streaming services.
  • VPN protocols available (on iOS): OpenVPN (UDP / TCP), IKEv2, IPSec.
  • IOS / iPadOS App Store Rating: 4.6 / 5 (over 70,700 ratings).

2. Surfshark VPN

Even though Surfshark is less than ten years old (as is the case with some VPNs in this article), we think this is actually its strength. Surfshark took a close look at the competition before launching into the global market and managed to stand out with an incredibly solid set of features.

First of all, Surfshark offers a very well designed interface. No matter if you are using the iOS app or another app of this VPN, you will have a convenient and clear user interface. Just tap on your iPhone screen to secure your internet connection and conceal your online activities. Then, it comes with incredibly strong protection and reliable VPN protocols. Also be aware that Surfshark does not save your data when you are online and does not keep any logs. Finally, you can use this VPN to block just about any site or streaming service. You can learn more about it in our review of the best VPNs for streaming .

The functionality of Surfshark for iOS came as a nice surprise. Its app for iPhone and iPad can easily be considered one of the best VPN apps for iOS. Unlike apps created by 80% or 90% of other service providers, this app has almost all of the same features as those available in apps for Mac and Windows.

The most curious thing about this app is the ability to select a VPN protocol and the presence of a circuit breaker. Indeed, these features are the rarest on this platform.

The app also offers a jamming system (NoBorders), tracking blocker and additional features available at an additional cost.

So what are the particularities of Surfshark on iOS?

+ unlike most VPN services, offers many features, including choice of protocol and jamming.

+ has successfully passed safety tests in real conditions

– no Whitelister option

– no Static IP list

I have to point out that Surfshark is one of the best VPNs for iOS . Even though at first glance it doesn’t seem to have any big advantages and lags a bit behind the Mac and Windows versions in features, this VPN is way better than most of the other VPNs available on this operating system. This is because really powerful VPN software is rarely designed for this purpose.

We offer our hands-on review of Surfshark , in case you want more information on this VPN. Make sure you read it carefully, and you’ll understand why this is one of the best iPhone VPNs of 2021.

Surfshark for iOS is available from the Apple App Store , but be sure to sign up at Surfshark.com first.

  • Main functionalities and particularities: very intuitive use; unblocks almost all existing sites; supports an unlimited number of connections; ideal for Netflix.
  • VPN protocols available (on iOS): IKEv2, OpenVPN ..
  • IOS / iPadOS App Store Rating: 4.4 / 5 (over 1,300 ratings).

3. CyberGhost VPN

Based in Romania, CyberGhost VPN is one of the most intuitive VPNs on the market. This rapidly growing VPN is made up of a growing network of servers spread all over the world.

First of all, this VPN is capable of unblocking sites like Netflix US, Hulu, BBC iPlayer, Amazon Prime Video, and many more. In order to achieve this, you can connect to dedicated servers that seem to go way beyond regular online blocks. Also, let’s not forget to mention that CyberGhost VPN can be used for downloading torrents, which is why it is also one of the best VPNs for torren t . Among the important information about it, note that CyberGhost is made up of a very large number of servers. Most importantly, it does not share or save your personal data on its servers. This is one of the few services currently keeping the promise of their no-logging policy.

CyberGhost VPN for iOS can hardly be considered versatile despite its large number of features.

Most of them have no practical use. Three settings relate to Wi-Fi networks, but not a single extension setting is available. There is also no list of dedicated torrent servers.

What are the special features of CyberGhost VPN on iOS?

– Only IKEv2 is available.

– No other additional functionality is available, compared to other platforms.

– No list of dedicated torrent servers.

– The app is clearly not as powerful as its competitors on iOS.

– A card is required to activate the trial period.

While the iOS app gives you access to over 5,900 servers, I can’t say it’s the best. It is practical, efficient and works well. It comes with a high level of flexibility when it comes to Wi-Fi and you can watch Netflix. However, it has fewer options and features than competing apps.

CyberGhost VPN for iOS is available on the Apple App Store . You can register and subscribe to a subscription at cyberghostvpn.com .

To get more information about this VPN before making your final decision, we’ve written a hands-on CyberGhost VPN review . Be sure to check it out.

  • Main functionalities and particularities: very transparent towards its customers; offers a variety of dedicated servers; with a huge network of servers; impeccable reputation.
  • VPN protocols available (on iOS): OpenVPN, L2TP / IPSec, PPTP, IPSec.
  • IOS / iPadOS App Store Rating: 4.3 / 5 (over 20,400 ratings).

4. NordVPN

NordVPN is a very reputable VPN service provider that is present on the majority of platforms. Besides offering a standard feature set, this VPN is very easy to use and acts as a fully automated solution. Best of all, NordVPN is very proactive when it comes to improving and rapidly evolving its service .

NordVPN has an incredible server list: its thousands of servers are spread across over 60 countries. Providing easy access to a wide variety of servers is one thing, but this VPN also offers one of the most accessible VPN apps for iOS. If you are new to the world of VPNs and are worried that you won’t find your way there, don’t worry, NordVPN makes the process super easy. When it comes to performance, there are faster deals out there, but the speeds of this service are nothing to be ashamed of. This VPN also offers a very wide range of encryption protocols and ensures that its users have everything they need to surf in complete privacy. Best of all, the service also applies a no-logging policy .

NordVPN for iPhone and iPad is also easy to use and functional. It’s hard to find a VPN service with really working apps for iOS. Most of them only offer basic functionality with the IKEv2 protocol.

NordVPN not only works with OpenVPN UDP and TCP on iOS, but also offers 4 traditional specialized server lists.

What features does NordVPN for iOS have?

+ Advanced functionality, which is not common for most VPN services

+ OpenVPN protocol, including jamming

Personally, I find NordVPN to be the best VPN service for iOS. I always use it for VoIP calls and to protect myself when connected to public Wi-Fi networks.

The best way to find out about this service is to read our NordVPN review . So click on the link to learn more about this very reliable VPN service.

  • Main functionalities and particularities: very well designed iOS application; many servers spread all over the world; strong and reliable VPN protocols; dual-route (double VPN) supported.
  • VPN protocols available (on iOS): OpenVPN, L2TP / IPSec, PPTP, IPSec.
  • IOS / iPadOS App Store Rating: 4.6 / 5 (over 91,000 ratings).

NordVPN for iOS is available on the Apple App Store , as long as you register at nordvpn.com first.

5. Private Internet Access

Private Internet Access is a VPN that has been around for a long time and has a reputation for keeping its users safe. Even though it is based in the USA (which is not ideal when it comes to data collection, PIA has proven through official means that it does not collect personal data.

What’s interesting about PIA is the design of its user interface. You can adjust your user experience with a series of buttons that allow different types of options. It features an advanced kill switch, PIA’s ad-blocking and malware-blocking technology, DNS and IPv6 leak protection, and more. In addition to using a wide variety of VPN protocols, PIA includes thousands of servers. Most of them have good speeds and you can use some of them to access the US version of Netflix.

Private Internet Access for iOS is not available in all regions. You’ll need to check if it’s available in yours by going to the Apple App Store from your iPhone or iPad.

The application for this platform supports the IKEv2 protocol. It improves the period during which the device can operate while the VPN is active. Its functionality is poor, but it is sufficient to perform most tasks.

What are the special features of Private Access Internet on iOS?

+ IKEv2 protocol

– Smaller functionality than most of the best VPNs for iOS.

Personally, I was happy with the number of options available on my iPhone for general use. I just connected to the VPN and didn’t turn it off once during all of my testing. All functions worked as they usually do, when the VPN is not connected. Messenger, social media apps, and web browsers worked well in every location I tested.

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Now that you’ve learned about the best options available, it’s time to explore this topic in more depth. We’ll cover the different aspects of using a VPN on iOS, as well as the features that make a VPN service the best iPhone service in the world today. Let’s take a look.

Is it legal to use a VPN on your iPhone?

Yes, it is perfectly legal to use a VPN on your iPhone, just like on any other device. Just be aware that VPNs are illegal in some countries and therefore it is recommended that you avoid them if you are passing through those countries. If you live anywhere else, there’s nothing stopping you from using a VPN.

What can you do with a VPN on iOS?

On iOS, a VPN will encrypt all incoming and outgoing data. Your internet service provider will be unable to know what you are doing online, which means that none of your user data is recorded. You can also visit sites with restricted access. For example, by connecting to a VPN server located in the USA and running the Netflix app on your iPhone, you will have access to a huge catalog of movies and series.

How to set up a VPN on iPhone and iPad?

First of all, you need to sign up for a VPN service by visiting the official website of that service (you can use the links that are in this article). Once done, you can download the necessary app from their site or you can download it from the iOS App Store. Run the app, log in using your credentials and you’re good to go.

How do I install an OpenVPN app on iOS?

If you subscribe to a VPN service that doesn’t offer OpenVPN from its app, you can use a third-party solution. Install the OpenVPN Connect app and contact your VPN service to ask them for their OpenVPN configuration files. Once these files are received, all you need to do is upload them to the OpenVPN Connect app. You can learn more about it in our guide to the OpenVPN protocol .

Which VPN should I choose to watch Netflix on iOS?

As you can imagine, you need to choose a VPN that has a proven track record for speed. To help you out, we’ve dedicated an article on the best VPNs for streaming services . You will notice again that ExpressVPN is at the top of the rankings. We believe this is the best VPN service available on the market today.

This is where our article on the best VPNs for iPhone and iPad concludes. If you have any questions that we haven’t answered, feel free to share them in the comments section below. We will do our best to answer them as quickly as possible.

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