Bitdefender Ultimate Security Review | PCMag

The days when you could plunk an antivirus utility on your single PC and be done with security are long gone. These days you want a full-on security suite, and you need to protect all manner of devices, not just PCs. Even when you’ve got protection installed on all your devices, you’re not necessarily done, because of your connection to the wild, wild web. If you’re not careful online, an identity thief could drain your accounts and get your home repossessed. That’s why we’re seeing more and more security services that combine device protection with defenses against identity theft, as well as swift remediation for any successful attacks on your identity. Bitdefender Ultimate Security is the latest in this arena, and it packs a wallop, with award-winning device security, password management, a VPN utility, and comprehensive service to defend your identity.

How Much Does Bitdefender Ultimate Security Cost?

Many security suites offer pricing tiers for one, three, five, 10, or even 20 licenses, with the per-device price shrinking as numbers go up. With Bitdefender Ultimate Security, pricing is totally simple. For $179.99 you get 10 device protection licenses plus Bitdefender Identity Theft Protection Standard. If you want Bitdefender Identity Theft Protection Premium (I’ll discuss the difference below), you upgrade to Bitdefender Ultimate Security Plus, at $239.99 per year. As standalone products, the Standard and Premium identity protection services go for $129.99 and $209.99 respectively.

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McAfee Total Protection (which includes McAfee Identity Theft Protection) goes for the same price as Bitdefender, but that subscription lets you install protection on every device in your household. Aura costs a bit less, $144 per year for 10 licenses. To get 10 Norton licenses, you must choose Norton 360 with LifeLock Advantage, at a price of $249.99 per year. You pay almost the same as Bitdefender for an IDShield subscription with protection for just three devices, and a three-device license for IDX Privacy Complete goes for a whopping $315.41.

The prices I’ve quoted all come with identity theft protection for just one individual. Some of the services offer couples or family…