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Bitdefender VPN Review: A No-Frills, Cheap VPN – Forbes

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Updated: Jul 22, 2021, 10:00am
Bitdefender is one of the largest cybersecurity companies, offering services for both individuals and businesses alike. However, its virtual private network, or VPN, is mostly geared towards individuals.
The VPN mobile and desktop application is simple to use and is competitively priced. At $29.99 for the first year, it’s one of the cheapest VPNs on the market. Users can also take advantage of up to 10 simultaneous connections and 24/7 customer support.
Unfortunately, the lack of dedicated IP addresses, low number of servers and lack of split tunneling for apps may turn advanced users off.
Founded in 2001 and headquartered in Romania, Bitdefender has grown to be one of the largest cybersecurity technology companies worldwide. It makes sense that it also provides a VPN service to help users who want to remain anonymous online and protect their sensitive information from third-parties.
Bitdefender customers on any of its security plans will have a free version of Bitdefender VPN included. The free version has a daily traffic quota and automatically connects you to a server. The paid version, Bitdefender Premium VPN (which we’re reviewing here) offers unlimited traffic and the ability to connect to any of their 1,300+ servers in 29 countries. Both offer 10 simultaneous connections.
The premium tier costs $6.99 per month, or $29.99 per year—one of the most competitive annual prices we’ve seen. However, you also get less servers compared to other plans that cost slightly more—you’ll need to decide whether having access to more servers in more locations is important.
A kill switch is a fairly basic feature you’ll find with many VPN services, as it’s one of the many ways your private information will be protected. How it works is that if your VPN connection is disconnected, Bitdefender will disconnect your internet connection. The purpose of the kill switch is so that you won’t potentially expose any of your internet activity and ensure privacy if you’re connected directly to the internet.
Users can customize their settings by having it disconnect your internet automatically, or turn off the kill switch feature.
Split tunneling allows users to decide which apps or websites connect directly to the internet and which ones connect through the VPN. The primary benefit of doing so is faster speeds. You may also have the added benefit of staying connected to your local area network (LAN) to connect to local devices such as printers or fax machines while keeping your online browsing activity protected through the VPN.
Bitdefender allows a limited form of split tunneling: you can whitelist certain websites and route traffic through your public internet connection. But you can whitelist apps.
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Bitdefender has a privacy policy that states it does not keep logs of your online information or internet activity. However. it does collect randomly generated data (but not individual users). More specifically, your IP address will be deleted once you are disconnected from the VPN, and your browsing history and online activity are never tracked.
While the first year of Bitdefender’s VPN is very affordable, the company charges $49.99 for its annual plan thereafter. Its split tunneling capabilities are extremely limited as well.
If you already use Bitdefender’s security products, you’ll have access to a free VPN version if you want a low-risk way to test it out. Otherwise, you can download the full version of Bitdefender Premium VPN for a seven-day trial.
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Monthly Pricing
$11.95/Month
# of Devices
6
Encryption
AES-256
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$8.32/Month
# of Servers
3,000+
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AES with 256
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On ExpressVPN’s Website
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$3.33/Month
# of Servers
30,000+
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AES with 256
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Monthly Pricing
$4/Month
# of Servers
1,200+
Encryption
AES with 256
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When deciding which VPN service best suits your needs, it’s a good idea to shop around multiple providers. That way, you can determine which offers the best privacy features and other benefits you’re looking for, such as price and a dedicated IP address. Both CyberGhost and Air VPN offer the same basic features, but some significant differences.
Compared to Air VPN, Bitdefender offers better value since it charges less, allows more simultaneous connections and has a larger number of servers. In other words, you can connect to more devices and choose from more servers so that you can increase your chances of finding a faster connection.
Unfortunately, both Bitdefender and Air VPN do not offer a dedicated IP address. That’s where CyberGhost stands out. You will pay more for this VPN service (even more if you pay for the add-on), but this core feature for small businesses is well worth it. Getting a dedicated IP address means you don’t have to share an IP address with strangers.
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Bitdefender

Bitdefender
2.9
Our rating system is based on 10 primary ranking factors and 20 subfactors. We considered price, number of servers, location of servers, dedicated IP address option, encryption algorithm and several others factors.

Plan costs

$29.99 per year or $6.99 per month

Number of servers

1,300+

Encryption

AES with 256

bit keys

Bitdefender
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On Bitdefender’s Secure Website

Plan costs

$29.99 per year or $6.99 per month

Number of servers

1,300+

Encryption

AES with 256

bit keys

Pros & Cons
  • Very affordable
  • 30-day money-back guarantee
  • Simple app and desktop application
  • No split tunnelling for apps
  • No dedicated IP address add-on
  • Relatively low number of server locations

CyberGhost VPN

CyberGhost VPN
4.3
Our VPN rating system is based on 10 primary ranking factors and 20 subfactors. We considered price, number of servers, location of servers, option to add on a dedicated IP address, encryption algorithm and several others factors.

Plan costs

$47.88 per year or $12.99 per month

Number of servers

7,000+

Encryption

AES with 256

-bit keys

CyberGhost VPN
Learn More

On CyberGhost’s Secure Website

Plan costs

$47.88 per year or $12.99 per month

Number of servers

7,000+

Encryption

AES with 256

-bit keys

Pros & Cons
  • Competitive pricing
  • Dedicated IP address add-on
  • Has a large amount of server networks
  • Need to sign up for a paid plan to get 45-day free trial
  • Less server locations compared to its competitors

$29.99 per year or $6.99 per month

1,300+

AES with 256
bit keys
$29.99 per year or $6.99 per month

1,300+

AES with 256
bit keys
$47.88 per year or $12.99 per month

7,000+

AES with 256
-bit keys
$47.88 per year or $12.99 per month

7,000+

AES with 256
-bit keys
All in all, if you’re after a simple and cheap VPN for personal use, Bitdefender is a decent pick. Small businesses aren’t going to like that this VPN provider doesn’t offer more robust features—specifically, especially a dedicated IP address.
Sure, the overall company offers great cybersecurity tools, but that doesn’t mean you need to go with their VPN.
Split tunneling is a common VPN feature that allows you to choose how they want to divert your internet traffic—directly connected to the internet or through a VPN. It’s a useful feature since you can maintain access to local network devices while maintaining a level of security and privacy while browsing online.
A VPN stands for virtual private network. This service allows users more online security and privacy by masking a user’s IP address in order to prevent third parties from getting access to their online activity. Here’s a deeper dive into what a VPN is and how it works.
A VPN provider may offer a dedicated IP address, where it assigns you an IP address only for you to use. Small businesses will benefit the most since it prevents them from being blacklisted or banned because of other users’ internet activities from shared IP addresses.

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