Want to make your Windows 10 more secure than ever?
Aside from installing third-party antivirus and anti-malware software, there are security settings that you can enable to make the OS less vulnerable.
Keeping the operating system updated is one way to prevent infections. Updating drivers, on the other hand, ensure that hardware performs at its peak. Unfortunately, updates running in the background can cause instability. What is even more unfortunate is that updates are automatic by default, with no option for you to change the settings.
The workaround is for you to manually uninstall an update and then use a third-party to tell Windows 10 not to update a particular driver or software going forward. This can be tedious, so decide on whether to update Windows automatically or risk it.
Although it’s no longer as effective in detecting and blocking malware as what Kaspersky, Bitdefender, and similar apps can do, it makes an ideal security reinforcement. Running alongside third-party anti-malware programs, Windows Defender can be a reliable defender.
What better way to ensure you will always have a copy of your file or your entire operating system than to enable Windows Backup? Just remember that any copies made through this feature are not password protected by default, so you need to add a password to prevent unauthorized access.
If you prefer to create a full system image that you can use to recover from serious errors, System Restore is the way to go. Simply create a restore point which your computer can roll back to as a means to wipe away any errors that happened after the restore point.
This feature is only available in Windows 10 Professional. All you need to do is right-click on a file you want to encrypt, select Properties, click the Advanced button, and then put a check on the box that says “Encrypt contents to secure data”. Because this feature doesn’t have password recovery, you should use a password manager. Otherwise, you’re at risk of losing your files because you forgot the password.
Did you take the time to check Wi-Fi settings under Wi-Fi Sense? You should. It is possible that your computer is set to connect to networks shared by your contacts or to suggested open hotspots, which are channels that hacker use to hatch their evil plans.
If you want to make sure that only you can access your files and other important data, create a guest account or another account specific to other users. The users will have access to the same Windows’ features and whatever software installed, but not your files.
Think of it as your native Dropbox or other cloud services. You can save files and other documents directly to OneDrive and access it anywhere there is an internet connection. Just make sure to sync OneDrive to update its content, especially if you set it offline.
There are other tricks you can use to secure Windows 10, the same way that there are many ways to make your Windows 10 device stronger from any form of attack and interference. Simply search for them online.