Posted On 04 May 2021
With integrity and security being the watchwords for the computer industry for many years, Windows 10 naturally came with an impressive array of integral security features. Windows Defender, its proprietary antivirus system, is recognized as being as good as, if not better than, many expensive standalone programs. However, there are a number of other security tools that are less well-known and that you might not have turned on for your computer: below we describe five of the best.
Scanning Options: Windows Defender carries out automatic scans for malware. It is also possible to run a more detailed scan either as part of your regular security practices or if you have a particular concern. This can be accessed by clicking on the Windows Defender shield icon on the taskbar, selecting Virus & threat protection, and choosing Full scan in the Scan options menu.
Parental Controls: In Windows Security, by going to Family options > View family settings you can open a website that allows you to set up parental controls for your children. Note that these only work when children are signed in to your PC or Xbox with a Microsoft email account. The controls allow you to limit screen times, filter content, and block or control access to any apps or games you choose. You can also provide children with an allowance for app and game purchases, and if they use a laptop you can locate it geographically when they’re away.
System Restore: System Restore isn’t so much a security device as a way of protecting yourself after a security breach. If your system has become infected by malware, it’s possible to restore it to a previous point in time with all your settings and programs as they were at that point, i.e., uninfected. By searching for system restore in the desktop search bar, it’s simple to find the options that allow Windows to take a snapshot of your system at that point for future reference. Bear in mind this won’t help you to recover any lost documents etc., you should be already carrying out regular backups for that.
Memory Integrity: This feature (which can be turned on by going to Windows Security > Device Security >Core Isolation >Core isolation details and turning on “Memory Integrity”) isolates a section of memory that runs key Windows processes and makes it harder for malware to attack.
Dynamic Lock: This can be accessed via Settings > Devices >Add Bluetooth or other device. Once activated, Windows will lock your computer any time your phone gets a certain distance from it, meaning you never have to worry about forgetting to secure your computer before walking away.