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Can’t Let Go of Windows 7 or 8? Up Security Rather Than Give Up

Hey, no one ever said you need to be one with the hoard, and upgrade to Windows 10 instead of just sticking to Windows 7 or Windows 8 operating system. Considering the kind of problems Windows 10 users have encountered over the years, your loyalty to older versions could spare you the headache.

But because virus infections and malware have become more sophisticated than ever, you should keep your old OS secure.

Windows 7 Security Options

Turn on the Windows Firewall

Although Windows Firewall is enabled by default, you should check and confirm that it is enabled. It’s easy to do. When activated it then blocks any unauthorized attempts to send data to your system.

  1. Click Start and type in “firewall”.
  2. Click Windows Firewall when it appears in the search results. This will take you to the corresponding settings page.
  3. Check that the value of Windows Firewall State is On. Otherwise, turn it on.
  4. Click Windows Firewall Properties.
  5. From the window that opens, go to the Domain Profile tab and enable the Firewall state field by selecting On.
  6. Click OK to complete the process.

Turn on Windows Defender

Windows Defender is your first line of defense against spyware, so make sure you enable it. It will scan your computer for any installed spyware programs and then monitors your system for any signs of spyware.

  1. Click start, type in defender and click on Windows Defender from the search results.
  2. On the Windows Defender page, click Tools > Options > Automatic scanning.
  3. Look for “Automatically scan my computer” and enable the checkbox.
  4. Click Real-time protection and enable the checkbox next to Use real-time protection.
  5. Click OK to complete the process.

By simply enabling the firewall and Windows Defender, your Windows 7 Operating System will be more secure than before.

Windows 8 Security Options

Many security experts agree that Windows 8 is the most secure version of Windows. But this is not reason enough to be complacent. You still need to check all of its security status options.

Enable Windows SmartScreen

This particular feature keeps you from installing and using unrecognized and dodgy software and files from the internet. It is activated by default, where administrator approval is required before an unrecognized app can be installed on your computer. But you can take security further by turning on the option to display a warning before an unrecognized file or app runs.

Change your PC’s sync settings

Whenever you log into another Windows 8 device using your Microsoft account all your data automatically syncs to the new computer, which can pose a security risk especially if there’s malware running in the background. Your best form of protection is to change your account’s sync settings so that automatic syncing doesn’t run and would require a confirmation from you that the computer you’re logged into is a Trusted PC.

It would help if you have antivirus installed and running along with Windows Defender. There are many free antivirus software for Windows 8 that you can install.

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