The Windows operating system dominates in the number of devices running the platform globally. These devices often connect to other IoT Internet of Things security and privacy-sensitive home security systems and our home appliances.
Suppose you are an avid Windows operating system user. In that case, you must be aware that your Windows device exposes so many facets of life to cyberspies and potentially places you at risk of being a victim of a cyber-attack such as ransomware and much more.
Important online accounts such as your cryptocurrency wallet, online investment accounts, and bank accounts are at a constant threat of being hacked on your Windows device.
This article will give you some quick tips on how to leverage you’re out of box windows security.
Windows depend on the hard drive’s first sector to boot up the system, and this part is known as the boot sector. In simple terms, if a boot sector virus is in place, it can cause your system to be unable to boot up, rendering your desktop or laptop useless. This type of malware is tough to deal with indeed.
1 Before Leveraging Windows 10 Security Features
Before leveraging built-in Windows 10 security for either Pro or Home editions, it is highly advisable to look for a third-party anti-malware product from a reputable company solely focused on cyber security.
Choose a reputable company that is flexible enough to provide you with a free trial, then download the free trial and start exploring the product. These types of products are usually working in a hyper real-time fashion. They will typically block boot sector viruses before they cause any damage or help remove the malicious code if an infection occurs.
While exploring the product during the free trial period, lookout for product characteristics such as UX User Experience, features, and other add ons such as a VPN solution and browser-level web security add ons.
It is advisable to read reviews from unbiased reputable sites, including user testimonials, YouTube reviews, and much more as part of your opinion-forming process.
Spend around 30 minutes daily assessing the product in a focused manner. You should be able to reach a definite opinion about the product relatively fast, most likely in less than a week.
2 Full Version Anti Malware Solution
Once you are confident that a particular web security application is a good fit for your Windows 10 device and perhaps other endpoint devices, the next wise step is to purchase the full version for uninterrupted protection.
3 Out of the Box Windows Security
- Encrypting File System (EFS) – This is file-level encryption. Please note that it is only available in Windows Pro and not Windows Home edition.
- BitLocker offers volume-level encryption and is available to Windows Pro users.
- Windows Defender Firewall – Offers different settings for private and public networks and can block incoming and outgoing traffic for various apps, including all traffic, if the need presents itself.
- Windows Security Event Log – This is a sub-log of the Windows Event Viewer. It enables a user to investigate any security-related logs to understand better what security-related events are transpiring on their Windows machine in the background for general troubleshooting.