Not having antivirus software in 2018 is like not having a passcode on your phone in 2018 — it’s basically begging for you to lose your personal info. Yes, we know no one wants to pay to prevent something that only might happen, but spending the coin now is way better than dealing with the nightmare of a hacked account or friend computer.

Good news: Antivirus software Bitdefender is 60% off now until Sept. 7, and that’s the highest discount we’ve seen on it — ever. You’ll want to take advantage of this.

Named an editor’s choice pick by PC Mag, Bitdefender remains one of the strongest players in the antivirus game. We’re talking accurate and fast scans, multi-layered ransomeware protection, consistently on-point AV tests, and a user-friendly, hands-off interface to make it accessible to everyone. Hackers learn more and more on the daily, and simply sticking to websites that you *think* are safe isn’t enough insurance at this point.

For those balling on a budget, Bitdefender’s free version is pretty limited but gets the basic jobs done effectively. However, if you need a bit more, Bitdefender’s paid versions can give you the full-fledged protection that your computer or smartphone really needs that a free subscription just can’t offer. (None of the subscriptions let you schedule scans on your own, but that’s nice if you’re not tech-savvy and just want it to work on its own.) Sale prices are as follows:

  • One year of basic protection for Windows PC with Antivirus Plus — $23.99/year (list price $59.99/year)
  • One year of advanced protection for Windows PC — $31.99 (list price $79.99)
  • One year of complete protection for Windows PC, MacOS, iOS, and Android with Total Security — $35.99 (list price $89.99)
  • Added VPN service — $29.99/year (list price $49.99/year)

A full year of extreme virus protection for under $40? With little-to-no effort on your part? Yes please. Read our full lineup of best free antivirus softwares here and purchase Bitdefender here.

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