When Windows 10 came out back in 2015, it represented an entirely new age of Windows operating systems, but it also had another significant improvement besides the user interface. The security of the Windows operating system was improved significantly.
Each device connected to a network sees 1.5 attempted attacks per minute. The reason we’re not constantly interrupted by these attacks is due to the security put in place on an operating system to keep them at bay.
Before Windows 10 came along, it was a given that an LA or San Fernando Valley business would need to purchase an antivirus program, or their computers would be completely unprotected. But now, Windows has some pretty strong built-in security protections to thwart malware, ransomware attacks, and more.
Any part of a perfect network that functions efficiently is proper IT security, and operating system security is a big part of that. If hackers can’t get into an endpoint, then they don’t get to sensitive data held on those devices.
In this article, we’ll go through the most helpful operating system security features inside Windows 10.
Windows Security Settings to Know
In 2019, 68% of companies were victims of endpoint attacks and 73% of organizations said new threats have increased significantly.
Threats to computers are becoming more sophisticated and often use a variety of tactics, such as a trojan inside of another type of malware.
Device security threats include:
Here are some of the features you’ll find in Windows Security designed to keep your device safe from attacks.(To get to your security settings, just type “Security” in the Search box on the Task Bar.)
Virus & Threat Protection
Windows 10 includes antivirus and anti-malware protection. You can visit the Virus & Threat Protection area of Windows Security to see when your system was last scanned and if any threats were found.
You can also click to run a scan or view protection history.
Protection settings include:
- Real-time protection (stops malware from installing and running)
- Cloud-delivered protection (offers faster protection)
- Tamper protection (keeps others from tampering with security settings)
One other important setting is Ransomware protection. Ransomware is such a big threat to businesses that there have been FBI warnings issued about high-impact ransomware attacks targeting businesses.
When you sign into your computer using a Microsoft account, you want to make sure your account is as “breach-proof” as possible.
The Account protection area of Windows Security gives you options for secure sign-ins:
- Use of Windows Hello
- Dynamic lock
Firewall & Network Protection
The Firewall & Network Protection settings control who and what has access to your networks. You’ll find three different networks for which you can turn on a firewall, these include:
- Domain network (i.e. networks at a workplace joined to a domain)
- Private network (i.e. a home or office Wi-Fi network)
- Public network (i.e. a free Wi-Fi at an airport or coffee shop)
One of the helpful security features you can enable if you’re worried about being on a public network is to block all incoming connections to your PC.
You have quite a lot of flexibility to customize your firewall settings, including allowing an app through the firewall, setting your firewall notifications, and using advanced settings to edit rules.
App & Browser Control
Malicious URLs are used much more often these days in phishing attacks than file attachments because they can often get past anti-malware filters. The App & Browser Control settings help protect you from malicious websites using reputation-based protections.
Exploit Protection is also included in this settings area. This security feature is designed to mitigate exploit techniques that hackers use to attack system processes and applications.
Windows 10 comes with a security processor that provides encryption for your device. This is known as a trusted platform module (TPM).
A TPM is designed to establish a hardware root-of-trust to secure storage of sensitive data and trusted applications.
Also contained in the Device Security area is Secure boot. This helps stop the more sophisticated types of malware, known as rootkits, from loading when your device is started.
Rootkits will use permissions identical to that of an operating system and try to hide themselves in this way. They then infect a system when it’s being started or rebooted.
This security setting keeps rootkits from being able to run or load onto your device.
You’ll find links to privacy settings in Windows Security as well. Using these you can decide whether or not to allow apps to track your activity using and “advertising ID” to show you content.
You can also set privacy settings for websites showing locally relevant content, Windows tracking for app launches, and suggested content.
Get a Free 21-Point Cybersecurity Audit
Cyberthreats continue to get more frequent and more dangerous. Neuron Computers can help your San Fernando Valley area business stay protected with a free 21-point cybersecurity audit.
Contact us to schedule your audit today. Call 1-833-4-NEURON or reach us online.