Last year, I purchased a brand new computer and, aside from the battery, it still sings. I take good care of this baby. This month, the security that came installed on the computer expired and I needed something new. I’m fortunate in that I work with Bit Defender as a Bit Mom Network Blogger, so I received a free one year subscription to Bit Defender Total Security. I installed it this weekend and am at ease that, for the next year, I’m protected from anti-virus, spyware, phishing and identity theft attacks.
What do I think of BitDefender? Of course, we never know how effective something like this is until it doesn’t work and then we’re cursing and screaming from the top of our lungs. But as long as you see me here posting 4 or 5 times a week, you’ll know its working just fine. Here’s what I do know. Its not slowing down my machine. I could even work and multitask this weekend as I installed it. (I did have to restart once, but was working the whole time, otherwise.) Bit Defender runs auto checks for updates and alerts you to changes when you need them. It also offers a weekly computer check, which I assume is insurance to make sure that nothing got through.
Here’s what I love. When I installed it last night, it prompted me to uninstall all the other security features that came with my computer. Sound silly? Probably, but on a previous computer, I had one software running while I had reminders from 2 other companies that I needed to update or install their newest features. I know you know what I’m talking about, right? All those pop-ups that you don’t need, but they worry you that you may and you get so confused, because which company do you pay and which are just pulling you along making you sign up for something you don’t need? (wow. Now that’s 4th grade a run on!)
Another thing I love: BitDefender Total Security includes an online back-up of your computer. So you can back-it-up on their servers just in case anything goes really wrong and your computer crashes, causing you to lose everything. Or something. (Which, I can tell you first hand, is about one of the worst things to ever experience. Ever. Trust me. I lost 3 years of pictures, including Middle’s first three years. Yes. It hurts to type that.)
As a BitMom, I have a responsibility to keep my own information safe and private, protecting myself and my kids. Actually, that’s the job of a mom. But over at BitMoms, we discuss ways to keep our families safe on the internet, beyond software and phishing. Our forums and blogs offer opportunities for moms (and dads) to ask advice and answer everything from how to introduce children to the web to how to create online rules and how to protect our children and help them to make better choices. Its a great resource, really. One every parent should check out.
Giveaways. Really. You need this one. Because this giveaway, for a year of Total Security for your computer can save you. It can save your images, your documents, your sanity, and, if you’re anything like I am in my use of the computer (in other words, if you computer is attached to your lap), it can save your life. Or, at least, your identity.
TEN readers who leave a comment on this post will win a one-year subscription to Bit Defender software. The 10 readers will have their choice between BitDefender Total Security 2011 for PC ($79.95 value) or the new BitDefender Antivirus for Mac ($39.95). That’s not just a nice prize, but that’s a necessary prize. And for anyone who doesn’t win, Bit Defender is currently on sale, for 25% off, at www.bitdefender.com. Additionally, one reader will win a Lemon Sugar BitMoms spa package. That reader needs to join BitMoms and leaves a comment on this post telling me you have joined.
Extra entries for the software: hit that little yellow retweet b utton at the bottom right of this post so that you can retweet this message on twitter. No need to leave a comment telling me you did it, my plugins do that. But you must comment first for the extra entries to count, ‘kay?
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