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Bitdefender Windows 8 Security v16.35

An internet security tool specifically designed for Windows 8

by Mike Williams

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Operating Systems: Windows 8
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Software Cost: $39.95 (Windows)
Date Updated: 12 January 2014
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Bitdefender Windows 8 Security v16.35
An internet security tool specifically designed for Windows 8

Bitdefender Windows 8 Security is an internet security and antivirus package which has been specifically designed for Windows 8 (and, of course, 8.1). Or adapted, at least (it's essentially Bitdefender Internet Security with some useful Windows 8-specific additions).

The program installs more or less as you'd expect: it runs a preliminary scan to check all is well, downloads the full package and installs it.

After a reboot, the feature set is also more or less the same as usual. Real-time protection keeps you safe from harm; a firewall blocks network attacks; a spam filter watches your inbox; you can manually run scans whenever you like; and Bitdefender SafePay provides a secure and isolated browser to keep your online banking and shopping details protected.

There are Windows 8-specific features, though. These include support for Microsoft's new Early Launch Anti-malware (ELAM) feature, which means the program is launched before other boot drivers and can vet them for safety. The program can also analyse your Windows 8 apps for security problems, and integrates with the Windows 8 Security Center to keep you in touch with your system's status.

And all this is wrapped up in a revamped interface. It's not a Metro/ Modern UI app - clicking the Bitdefender tile will still switch you to the desktop - but this then organises the program's functions into various areas, and you can view their status, change settings and more in just a click or two.

None of this is too revolutionary or surprising (perhaps the most important feature is ELAM support, and that's entirely invisible to the end user). Bitdefender always produce quality security suites, though, and this one is no exception. If you've upgraded to Windows 8 (or plan to do so soon) then it should be high on your security shortlist.

Build v16.35 changes include:

- Sandbox doesn't start under certain conditions on Internet Explorer 11 - Fixed;
- Other improvements and performance updates;

Verdict:

A capable and effective security suite with a few useful Windows 8-specific features

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WhatsApp Messenger is the world's most popular instant messaging app for smartphones.

You can use it to send and receive text and voice messages, photos, videos, even call your friends in other countries, and because it uses your phone's internet connection it might not cost you anything at all (depending on whether you'll pay data charges).

It's easy to set up and use. There's no need to create and remember new account names or pins because it works with your phone number, and uses your regular address book to find and connect you with friends who use WhatsApp already.

You can talk one-to-one or in group chats, and because you're always logged in there's no way to miss messages. Even if your phone is turned off, WhatsApp will save your messages and display them as soon as you're back online.

There's plenty more (location sharing, contact exchange, message broadcasting) and the app is free for a year, currently $0.99/ year afterwards.

Version 2.12.5 brings:

• Per chat custom notification settings and mute
• You can now include videos in your chat backups in Settings > Chats and Calls > Chat Backup
• Mark chats as unread or read with a swipe to the right
• Better support for VoiceOver
• Directly share contacts from the Contacts app and locations from Apple Maps to WhatsApp
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• Earlier messages now load automatically as you scroll chats
• Improved design for cropping photos and videos
• Location messages now use a large map thumbnail

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