How to protect your computer with Windows Security

How to protect your computer with Windows Security

For many years, Windows users have had to rely on a third-party tool to ensure the safety of their computers and keep viruses and malware at bay. But now Microsoft's operating system has finally come with dedicated software, Windows Security.

Since the software is designed to run discreetly and efficiently in the background, you may not even have noticed of his presence. However, it is important to know how Windows Security keeps your computer safe and the various options it provides.

While there is always the option to add external security software to Windows, Windows Security should be enough to protect from harm. The software can be opened from the start menu or by clicking on its icon in the notification area.

Navigation Windows Security gives you an overview of the status of your system.

Microsoft via David Nield Opening the Windows Security home page you should see a grid of icons with reassuring green ticks. Should one or more elements require your attention, yellow exclamation points will be displayed instead of the ticks. You can click on any of the items in the grid, from Virus & threat protection to Protection history to jump to the relevant section within the application.

The navigation panel on the left provides an alternative method for navigating among the various areas of Windows Security: the Home option, for example, can be used to return to the home page. For options related to your account and how to log in to Windows (including face recognition and fingerprint recognition, if available), select Account protection instead.

Firewall and network protection is the section where you can monitor the firewall that protects Windows, both as regards the devices on the local network and for the internet in general. If you decide to install a third-party security package, Windows Security will monitor it to make sure everything is working properly. If there are no active firewalls, a warning will appear on your screen.

To customize various aspects of Windows Security, which mainly concern the notifications displayed by the program and any third-party security software, select Settings from the navigation bar on the left. By clicking on Protection History, you can view recent software activity, whether it be virus scans or alerts for security issues.

Scan for viruses and malware Windows Security performs background scans while you are using your device.

Microsoft via David Nield Virus and Threat Protection is the section of Windows Security you should visit to keep your computer safe and protect it from threats. As with the rest of the software, here too most functions run in the background, but be aware of the tools available and what you can do when you spot a potentially dangerous item.

Click Quick Scan if you are in doubt that your computer may have been compromised, for example if you have downloaded and opened a suspicious attachment from an email. The quick scan will search for the most obvious threats and malware on your system and shouldn't take long to complete. You can follow the progress of the scan and you can continue working on your computer while the scan is in progress.

Select Scan Options to perform other types of scans. Full Scan allows you to initiate a more extensive scan than the quick option and can take over an hour to complete, while with Custom Scan you can focus the scan on specific folders, in case you think you know where it might find yourself a particular threat. Finally, Offline Scanning removes the most stubborn forms of malware and takes approximately fifteen minutes.

You don't need to set a schedule for running virus and malware scans because Windows Security does it all by itself . From Virus & threat protection settings, select Manage settings to make sure Real-time protection is enabled. This feature ensures that the software works in the background to detect security threats before they can do any damage to your system.

Other Features Windows Security also takes care of device maintenance.

Microsoft via David Nield By entering App & Browser Control from the left navigation panel of Windows Security, you can have the software scan all applications you download and install. To assess whether a certain program can run on your computer, Windows Security examines a number of different factors, some of which you can customize in this section.

On Device Security, however, you can adjust some of the settings advanced security for your system. From here you can check if your computer supports technologies such as Secure boot, which checks for threats at system startup, or a Trusted platform module, designed to make it very difficult to tamper with a system's data. . There are no settings in this area to adjust, but you can see if the features are there and if they work properly.

The Device Performance and Health page shows how Windows Security isn't all about security. Here, you can check the internal memory and battery reports of the device you're running Windows on, and access what Microsoft calls Fresh start, a process that restores much of your system's settings without affecting any files or applications you have. installed.

Finally, the Family Options screen will come in handy if you have children who use Windows. It allows you to set up a parental control that takes care of a little bit of everything, from the times the device can be used to the type of content that can be accessed. The feature integrates with Microsoft Family Safety tools, which can be accessed from a browser and which can cover multiple devices using the same Microsoft account.

This article originally appeared on US.

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