BullGuard’s latest Internet Security package looks a lot like the 2018 release. The only difference is that the interface has been stretched to include new buttons for identity protection options and the home network scanner – but you’ll have to pay an extra £20 for these as they’re only included in BullGuard’s Premium Protection suite.
BullGuard Internet Security does comes with a reasonable set of features. As well as real-time virus detection, the suite includes its own firewall, plus a safe browsing component to steer you away from dodgy links on Google, Bing, Yahoo and Facebook.
The parental control module is sophisticated, letting you block websites by category for specific accounts, set time limits on internet and computer usage, blacklist apps and block the transmission of certain bits of information.
Refreshingly, BullGuard’s PC tune-up module isn’t an optional extra, but a fully functional component – although you can achieve similar results using Windows’ built-in tools.
Finally, we come to the most distinctive feature – an integrated backup client. This connects to Dropbox, Google Drive and OneDrive, so you can take advantage of any spare cloud storage you may have knocking around. And a profile system makes it easy to combine this with larger backup jobs to external devices and locations on your local network.
There are a few notable absences: there’s no webcam protection, and while ransomware isn’t as epidemic as it once was, it would have been nice to see an anti-ransomware feature. There’s no secure browser either.
A 99.9% protection score sounds great, but many of BullGuard's closest rivals, such as Kaspersky and McAfee, scored a perfect 100%.
Similarly, BullGuard’s false-positive rate of 2.1% doesn’t sound too bad, but does not represent a good score when compared with the very best in 2019's security suite field.
Price and verdict
You might be inclined to overlook that when you clock the price: BullGuard Internet Security costs a stiff £50 if you download it directly from the publisher, but boxed copies of last year’s suite – which will update to the latest version on installation – can be found on Amazon for a fifth of the price.
Even so, when your irreplaceable data is at stake, we would suggest that you opt for a package with more encouraging anti-malware credentials.