What Is Windows Security?

Windows security is typically built-in to any device running a version of the Microsoft operating system. It protects your data and devices from hacker and malware attacks through various methods. This includes basic antivirus protection, a firewall and other tools to protect against data loss. Windows Security or the small shield icon on the taskbar’s notification bar allows users to control and access the settings.

Microsoft Defender Antivirus is bundled with Windows. Windows Defender Security Center was the name of the initial versions. The application is free and provides chip-to cloud security. It can also be used conjunction with other security solutions and can detect threats that other security solutions do not detect.

One of the most important features is the reputation-based security that makes use of a huge online database to evaluate websites and apps for reputation scores. If a website or application has a low score it is blocked from running on the device. It worked well to block malicious programs and phishing websites in our tests. However it didn’t block nearly as many as other third-party competitors.

Other features include firewall & network protection, which monitors your network and the apps you use to determine if they are secure. Device security is another feature that lets you use advanced hardware features like core isolation. This feature can be used to protect your device from specific types of attacks. However, you will require a computer that is compatible to benefit from.