End user actions: macOS High Sierra (10.13) and later

With the release of macOS 10.13.2 (High Sierra), Apple introduced new security settings, which were further enhanced in 10.14 (Mojave) and 10.15 (Catalina) with new privacy options. These privacy options (by default) prevent third-party applications from interacting with the device's data without end-user authorization.

Where an application requires access, the application (Bitdefender in this case) must first receive end-user approval.

macOS High Sierra (10.13) and later requires authorization for system (kernel) extensions as well. These extensions provide additional security and ensure protection is not interfered with.

The user receives a prompt to authorize access after installation. From the User Interface in High Sierra, or through Security & Privacy settings in both High Sierra and Mojave. This setting is also configurable post-install.

In addition to the system extensions, from macOS Mojave (10.14) applications also require Full Disk Access. This controls third-party applications interaction with data held on the device.

The user may receive a prompt to authorize access to control System Events, for example, when the computer requires a reboot to remove a threat.

In Mac Agent 3.4.0 and later, when you enroll a device in Device Management for Apple, it reduces notifications from our software to end users and ensures all our installed applications have the required permissions. For example, when a device is enrolled in Device Management for Apple, Accessiblity and Full Disk Access permissions are enabled.

System Extension Approval

Full Disk Access

Transparency, Consent, and Control (TCC)

Kernel extensions do not require end-user approval if installed on the computer before it upgrades to macOS High Sierra (10.13), or if they are replacing previously approved extensions.

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