Ever since the Windows OS was created, it has been the primary target of cyber-criminals. Whether it is it’s popularity or the system’s vulnerability that has made it such a target remains open to debate. Even though Microsoft is doing everything in their power to patch the holes, there is still room for security concerns.
It is on us, the end users, to figure out ways to layer out our Windows 10 security and make it more safe and secure. Here are some practical tips to help you increase your Windows 10 security and protect your privacy without installing any 3rd party software.
Keep Your Windows Updated
is kept up to date. Now I know that you have been probably tempted to take control of your updates and to do them manually. But this will expose you to numerous vulnerabilities if you forget to update your Windows, which, to be honest, happened at least once to all of us.
Automatic updates won’t eat up much of your system resources, and you should definitely enable them. Thanks to the search bar in Windows 10, you can make these changes really quickly. Click on start, type Windows Update and click on Windows Update Settings. In the Settings window, you have to click Advanced Options and select the Automatic option from the drop down menu. If you use Microsoft Office, make sure to check the Give me updates for other Microsoft products when I update Windows box in the same settings window.
Use Windows Firewall
There is no need to install a 3rd party firewall on your computer. Microsoft did an excellent job with their firewall which comes built into your Windows 10 OS. It will put you in complete control of your network traffic. You will be able to restrict Internet access to whichever app you want, and decide which ports remain open or closed during your time online.
To make sure that your firewall is turned on, click on Start, type in Windows Defender Security Center and click on the Windows Defender Security Center listed in the Apps section of the results. You can easily enable it by clicking on the enable buttons for each of the listed options.
If you want to dive deeper into firewall settings, you should click on the Advanced Options. From this window you can set customized inbound and outbound rules for you network traffic. In the Monitoring section, you can check your active firewall and connection security rules along with security associations for your active profile (Domain, Private and Public).
Use Windows Defender
Windows defender is an old Microsoft effort to protect their users from malware, viruses and other threats. Over the years, Microsoft has made extensive improvements to Windows Defender making it a completely viable antivirus option for Windows users.
You have maybe noticed this, if you clicked on the Windows Defender Security app we mentioned in the previous section. In any case, to access it. you need to click on Start and type in Windows Defender Security Center. Click on the app and select Virus & Threat protection. Make sure that it is turned on and access the Virus & threat protection settings.
To be on the safe side of things, make sure that Real-time and Cloud-based protection are enabled, as well as Automatic sample submission. Windows defender is a great app that can keep you safe online. And, what’s more important, you won’t have to install a resource heavy 3rd party antivirus and malware software on your PC to keep it safe and clean.
Maximise Security via Advanced Sharing Settings
This is your last effort towards safe PC use – configuration of Advanced Sharing Settings. Click on start and type in Advanced Sharing Settings. To increase your security, you will have to make changes to all tree tabs (private, guest or public and all networks). In all tabs make sure to turn off network discovery and file and printer sharing.
There you go. Now you have a safe and secure PC with Windows 10 on it. Make sure to pay a visit from time to time to all these settings, as some updates can change them.