Windows security is built into every device running Microsoft’s operating system. It shields your devices and files from hacker attacks and malware through a variety of methods. This includes basic antivirus protection, a firewall, as well as other tools to guard against data loss. You can access and manage these settings via the Windows Security application or a small shield icon within the notification area of the taskbar.
Microsoft’s own antivirus program, Microsoft Defender Antivirus, is included with Windows. In the beginning versions of the software, it was called Windows Defender Security Center. The program is free and offers chip-to- cloud protection. It also works alongside other security products and can detect threats that others do not see.
One of the most important features is reputation-based security. It uses an online database to analyze applications and websites for reputation scores. If a site or program has a low score, it’s not allowed to run on the device. This was effective and prevented phishing sites and dangerous programs in our tests, however it didn’t block as many third-party competitors did.
Other features include firewall and network security that analyzes the network you’re using and the apps you use in order to determine their security. Device security is another feature that lets you use advanced hardware features such as core isolation. This can help secure your device against certain types or kinds of attacks, however, you’ll require a compatible device to take advantage of it.