Windows security is generally built-in to any device running an version of the Microsoft operating system. It shields your files and devices from malware and hacker attacks using various methods. This includes basic anti-virus protection, a fire wall, and other tools to prevent data loss. You can access and manage these settings using the Windows Security application or a small shield icon in the notification area on the taskbar.
Microsoft’s own antivirus program, Microsoft Defender Antivirus, is part of Windows. In the beginning versions of the software, it was called Windows Defender Security Center. It offers basic chip-to-cloud security and is free. It can also be used conjunction with other security products and can detect threats that other solutions fail to detect.
One of the most important features is reputation-based protection which makes use of a massive online database to evaluate websites and apps for their reputation scores. If a program or website is rated low, it is unable to run on the device. It was able to block phishing sites and harmful programs in our tests. However, it didn’t block as many as other third-party competitors.
Other features include firewall and network protection, which analyzes the network you’re using as well as the applications you use in order to determine their safety. Device security is another feature that allows advanced hardware features such as core isolation. This feature can assist in protecting your device from specific types of attacks, however, you’ll require a compatible PC to take advantage of it.