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4 Oct 2023

Windows security is typically built-in to all devices that run a version of the Microsoft operating system. It protects your devices and files from malware and hacker attacks by employing a variety methods. This includes basic anti-virus protection, a fire wall, and other tools to stop data loss. You can manage and access these settings via the Windows Security application or a small shield icon located in the notification area of the taskbar.

Microsoft’s own antivirus software, Microsoft Defender Antivirus, is included with Windows. Windows Defender Security Center was the name of the initial versions. The application provides fundamental chip-to-cloud protection, and is available for free. It is also compatible with other security tools and is able of detecting threats that other solutions miss.

One of the most important features is reputation-based security, which uses an online database to analyze apps and websites for their reputation scores. If a website or application is not rated well, it is blocked from running on the device. It was effective in blocking dangerous programs and phishing websites in our tests. However it didn’t block nearly as many of the third-party competitors.

Other features include firewall and network protection which is a way of monitoring the network you are using as well as the applications you use in order to determine their security. Another feature is device security, which enables advanced hardware-level features such as core isolation. This feature can be used to protect your device against certain types of attacks. However, you’ll need to use an operating system that supports it to benefit from.