Windows is the most used OS across the world. And it is equally true that it is the most favorable target among malware coders and hackers.
Is Windows 10 an exception? Well, it is earlier to say something as Windows 10 is looking stronger on security front than the previous versions. Thanks to the advanced security-related settings. But it can’t be denied that some features may risk the security of Windows 10. For example, integration of cloud-based OneDrive adds to the Windows 10’s functionality. But it leaves it exposed to other security vulnerabilities.
Avoid Using Microsoft account:
Windows 10 asks you to create and use an MS account even if your purpose is to use it for local services only. It is a great way to use your Outlook email or files from OneDrive account. But from a security viewpoint, using an MS account can expose your information to malicious people active in the cyber world. This is because the settings are automatically synced with all your Windows 10 devices.
Keep the Programs Updated:
While MS is proactive about the security to deal with the latest threats, it’s also your duty to do the things at your end. Therefore, make sure to use the latest updated pack. You can use Windows 10 update assistant to automatically install the latest patches.
Encrypt Your Data:
Encryption is important if your device is stored with sensitive information. Maybe your device is stolen or hacked. To make your data impossible to read potential threats like a hacker or a thief, use simple tools like BitLocker to keep your data encrypted.
Turn On System Restore:
System Restore lets you set the system back to the previous date whenever it senses problems. However, System Restore option is at a default mode in Windows 10.
Here’s how to activate System Restore in Windows 10:
- Go to the Windows Cortona search box and type “system restore”.
- Choose “Create a restore point” in Control Panel.
- Visit the “System Properties” dialog box.
- Choose your Windows installation drive, which is generally a Drive C.
- Choose the “Configure” button. Turn on system protection and click OK.
Use Antivirus and Activate Windows Firewall:
Relying completely on Windows Defender won’t ensure sufficient protection to your computer. You also need a dependable antivirus program. Make sure this antivirus program includes real-time scanning, built-in firewall, and automatic update. Also, turn on the Firewall using the following steps:
- Visit Control Panel> System and Security > Windows Defender Firewall”. Choose “Turn Windows
Defender Firewall on or off” from the sidebar. Activate the firewall option for all the listed networks.
Use a Cleanup Spyware:
An infected computer shows pop-ups while the browser is directed to suspicious websites. It will slow down your computer and show you a new toolbar in a web browser. To avoid spyware, don’t click any malicious link or answer pop-up questions. Also, avoid downloading free programs.