Windows security is built into every device running Microsoft’s operating system. It protects your data and devices from hacker and malware attacks using various techniques. This includes basic anti-virus protection and a fire-proof wall and other tools to prevent data loss. You can manage and access these settings via the Windows Security application or a small shield icon in the notification area on the taskbar.
Microsoft’s own antivirus program, Microsoft Defender Antivirus, is part of Windows. Windows Defender Security Center was the name used for the first versions. The program is free and provides chip-to cloud security. It also integrates with other security solutions and is able to identify threats that others do not see.
One of the most important features is reputation-based security. It uses an online database that analyzes apps and websites to determine their reputation scores. If the program or site has a poor reputation it will be prevented from running on your device. It was able to block malware and phishing sites in our tests. However it didn’t block nearly as many as other third-party competitors.
Other features include firewalls and network security that monitors the network you use and the applications that you use in order to determine their security. Another feature is Device security which allows advanced hardware features like core isolation. This can protect your device from certain types of attacks, however, you’ll require a compatible device to make use of it.