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What Is Windows Security?

Windows security is generally built into every device running Microsoft’s operating system. It safeguards your devices and files from malware and hacker attacks by using a range of techniques. This includes basic anti-virus protection and a fire wall and other tools that prevent data loss. You can manage and access these settings using the Windows Security application or a small shield icon that appears in the notification area of the taskbar.

Microsoft’s own antivirus program, Microsoft Defender Antivirus, is included with Windows. Windows Defender Security Center was the name used for the first versions. The application is free and provides chip-to cloud security. It is also compatible with other security tools and can detect threats that others do not see.

One of the most important features is reputation-based security, which uses an online database to analyze applications and websites for reputation scores. If a program or website is rated low, it’s blocked from running on the device. This worked well and effectively stopped phishing sites and harmful programs in our tests, however, it didn’t block as many competitors from third parties as it did.

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 to determine their security. Device security is another feature that enables advanced hardware features, such as core isolation. This feature can be used to protect your device against specific types of attacks. However, you will need to use an compatible computer to take advantage.