How to Protect your Windows 10 PC

How to Protect your Windows 10 PC

Microsoft has beefed up the security on their latest OS which is Windows 10, it is more secured compared to the previous version. They added great software exploit protection inside Windows 10. Microsoft make sure that it is the most secure Windows version ever made. However, there is so much work to do if you want your PC to be safe from all kinds of viruses, malware etc. Hackers and thieves always develop new ways to steal your data and information that saved on your computer.

It would be wise to make sure your data and information are safe from various attacks. These features that are built-in in Windows 10 are be able to help to secure your data and privacy. Third party app also help in more protecting your data. Knowing these tools will give you more protection and assurance that your data are safe. These top ten tips will surely make your PC more secure and will able to protect your data and privacy which is stored on your computer.

How to Secure and Protect your Windows 10 PC

1. Windows Defender

Microsoft has a built in antivirus in Windows 10 which is Windows Defender, it protect your PC from various treats such as virus, malware, spyware etc. Windows Defender offer real time protection from these various treats, scan regularly to get rid of these kinds of threats, when there is no malware, viruses or any other treats out there in your PC, Windows will perform faster. Although Windows Defender is enabled by default, you should double check in order to use this cool feature. To open Windows Defender, click on Start>Settings>Update & Security and click on Windows Defender or you can simply type Windows Defender on Cortana search button.

2. Turn On Windows Firewall

Another important feature on Windows that you should enable is Windows Firewall. It will protect your PC from unauthorized access or network connections into your computer. Windows Firewall allow you to block certain program or software which is allowed by default, and you have the options to allow certain program or application to pass data through your PC that is not permitted by default, you have the option to do so, be sure to allow only apps that is trustworthy to make sure it will not ruin your computer system. To open Windows Firewall, right click on Start Menu, then select Control Panel>System and Security and then select Windows Firewall.

3. Enable Automatic Update

Windows Update always bring new features or new patch regarding on the security on your PC and not only it will improve performance on your PC but also protect your computer form viruses and malware out there, Windows will notify if there is available update and you will have the to update to new version of Windows, you can pick a date and time on when you do the update, but it is better to update right away to have the new features running on your PC.

4. Turn Off Privacy Settings

Windows 10 has a tracking features that is enable by default, if you are concerned with your privacy, and do not want to track your activity every time you use your computer, it is better to turn off this feature, you can manually disabled it, just click Start Menu>Settings>Privacy, and turn off all the Privacy feature.

5. Malwarebytes

It is anti-malware software that scans and removes malware on your computer, it will protect you from various malware that is out there, although Windows Defender also scans and remove malware, Malwarebytes offers more advance in detecting and removing malware on your computer. It is better to have this installed on your computer to have better detection in case Windows Defender will not able to detect or remove malware on your PC.

6. Secure Your Browser

Browser has vulnerabilities that attackers take advantage of, to make sure that your data are safe with these attackers, first is to update your browser whenever there is available, second is use private mode whenever you are not sure on the website you browse, by this, there is no cookies being stored and your safe with your data privacy, and third make sure your browser can block pop ups which can have malware on it.

7. Use Standard Account

Another way to secure your PC is to set your Windows account to standard account and not as administrator, when you run a piece of software on your PC, It will not have high privileges on your PC since you use only standard account, but if you run as admin, chances are when a certain software have malware or virus on it, it will have high privileges on your PC and eventually ruin your computer in a matter of time. It is better to use a standard account rather than an admin account because you will not notice any difference, but if there is certain program that will need or required admin privilege, Windows will always notify you anyway.

8. Update Java

Java is software that almost PC have, so it prone to target to malicious attack, the best way to secure your PC when there is java installed is update the program itself, on type Cortana search, type java and select Configure Java, and it will open the Java control panel and click on update now, and in security tab on java control panel, there is an option that says “Enable Java content for browser and Web Start applications”, just unchecked it because it vulnerable to attacks and no one use java apps anymore.


9. User Access Control

UAC has been around in Windows OS, it is an important feature that is built in on Windows, although some people find it a bit of annoying, but if you are concerned on security on your PC, you must enable this feature, UAC will pop up a confirmation whenever you want to install the program or the program itself will run or change on your Windows OS, be sure to keep it to the highest setting and don’t always click on confirm, run or install, be sure to read what the software does before doing so.

10. Download only Trustworthy Software and Don’t click on Malicious Link

When you download software from unknown sources, chances are you will able to have virus or malware on your PC. Most malware and viruses comes from an unverified source and may ruin your computer, and also don’t open any suspicious link or email, it may lead to website that will jeopardize your data and privacy and may steal your account information and important details stored on your PC.

That was the top ten tips on How to protect your Windows 10 PC from any viruses and malware, if you know some ways to protect your computer, leave a comment below.

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