Kaspersky Internet Security for Mac VS Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac

by Linas Kiguolis - -

Even though Macs are considered to be safer than Windows PCs, a reliable security for Mac is essential. Cyber threats targeting macOS devices are increasing rapidly and users who want to protect their devices and information stored in it have to choose the right security suite. This article will help you to choose between Kaspersky Internet Security for Mac and Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac. 

Kaspersky VS Bitdefender for MAC

Kaspersky Internet Security for Mac

Kaspersky Internet Security for Mac is developed by a multinational cybersecurity company based in Russia. Kaspersky was established in 1997 and since then focuses on award-winning security, privacy and optimization solutions for home users and businesses.[1]

Kaspersky Internet Security for Mac provides users with much more than just a regular security software. Users can set up and forget that it is there, Kaspersky will do all the job for you. Kaspersky Internet Security for Mac cost $39.99 per year for one device, or if you want to protect up to three Macs it will cost you $59.99 per year. 

Kaspersky Mac Internet Security

Kaspersky Internet Security for Mac works on Macs that run macOS 10.12 Sierra and OS X 10.11 El Capitan. 

Antivirus protection

In order to detect malware, Kaspersky Internet Security for Mac applies traditional signature-based scanning and behavioral-pattern recognition. In addition, anything suspicious is uploaded to the company’s cloud-based data-collection network. The cloud-based network enables more than 400million users across the world to share malware information and receive updates several times a day.

In addition, Kaspersky Internet Security for Mac detects and blocks Windows malware in order to protect users from sharing infected files with family, friends or colleagues who use Windows. 

When it comes to detection rates, AV-TEST noticed that Kaspersky Internet Security for Mac has excellent detection and removal rates. It successfully detected 100% both known and unknown malware and had no false positives. 

Features

In addition to its antivirus protection, Kaspersky Internet Security for Mac has Safe Money secure browser and a virtual keyboard that protects while users are shopping online. It also has tracking blockers, webcam blocker, parental controls, privacy protection features, and simplified security management.  

System-performance impact and scans

When it comes to system-performance impact, Kaspersky Internet Security for Mac is designed not to drain system performances and has practically zero impact on a system. 

Kaspersky full scan took over an hour and twenty minutes, which Is relatively slow. However, it does not has any noticeable impact on computer speed and performances. 

User interface

Kaspersky Internet Security for Mac interface was updated and now it looks more modern and attractive. However, the interface is not very convenient and can be a bit confusing. 

Kaspersky Internet Security safe connection

The Final Verdict

Kaspersky Internet Security for Mac provides flawless malware detection and removal rates with almost none system-performance hit. So users can install and forget the software, while the application will provide reliable protection against cyber threats. It also offers users a decent set of features that can protect an entire family, even though the menu design is a bit dense. 

Feature Score
Antivirus protection Excellent
Additional features A decent set of extra security and privacy features
System-performance impact Low
Scanning performance Slow scans without a negative impact on a system
User interface Could be complicated for some users

 Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac

Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac is developed by Bitdefender, the Romanian-based cybersecurity and antivirus provider. The company was established in 2001 and since then successfully operated the market. Today Bitdefender protects more than 500 million individual business users in over 150 countries across the globe.[2]

Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac is one of the best security solutions for Macs in the market and provides not only award-winning malware protection but also protects against ransomware.

Bitdefender your mac is protected

Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac costs same as Kaspersky – $39.99 per year for 1 device and $59.99 per year to protect up to three Macs. 

Antivirus protection

Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac also uses signature-based malware detection together with behavioral-pattern recognition. In addition, anything suspicious is sent to the company’s cloud-based servers. 

The antivirus solution also detects and stops Windows malware

When it comes to the actual malware detection rates, Bitdefender scored 100% in finding both known and unknown malware without any false positives. 

Features

When it comes to additional security and privacy features, Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac offers a very decent set of features and tools. Bitdefender has provided users with a new feature against ransomware called Safe Files which protects specific files from being accessed by third-parties and a new function that ensures the safety of Time Machine backups. What is more, its free TrafficLight browser extension protects users against phishing attempts and notifies about dangerous sites.

System-performance impact and scans

One of the biggest downgrades of Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac is its system-performance impact. The passive system hit is almost 3%, while Kaspersky had a zero. During a full system scan, the computer slows down by almost 8%, while Kaspersky’s was 4.4%. 

However, when it comes to scans, Bitdefender scans the system really quick and finished the full scan in just a couple minutes. 

User interface

Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac has a very pleasant and easy to operate interface. Every feature can be accessed from the main window, which is clear and easy to understand. 

Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac

The Final Verdict 

Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac has a perfect malware detection and removal rates. In addition, it offers advanced ransomware-defenses and parental controls. The user interface is also very pleasant and modern looking. However, when it comes to system-performance impact, Bitdefender noticeably slows down a system and has one of the highest passive system impact compared to its competitors. 

Feature Score
Antivirus protection Excellent
Additional features A decent set of extra security and privacy features
System-performance impact High
Scanning performance Quick scans with a negative impact on a system
User interface Looks modern and easy to use

To summarize

Kaspersky Internet Security for Mac and Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac both offer excellent malware detection and removal rates, decent sets of additional privacy and security features. However, Bitdefender has one of the largest impact on an operational system during scans and noticeably slows down a system during scans. This is why we would recommend Kaspersky Internet Security that has almost zero impact on system performances. 

 

About the author

Linas Kiguolis
Linas Kiguolis - Senior IT developer

Linas Kiguolis is a senior IT developer and news editor at Reviewedbypro.com. He has a major in Applied Computer Science because IT has been his passion for a very long time even before he went to college.

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