Windows 10 is one of the most popular operating systems on the globe right now, which is why it’s also one of the most probed for vulnerabilities. And yes, there were quite a few vulnerabilities Microsoft had to account for!
Still, the constant threat that lurks in the shadows keeps Microsoft developers and security experts on their toes, which meant amazing improvements to the product. However, individual users also bear part of the responsibility when it comes to staying safe and protecting your sensitive data.
As such, we put together a quick guide for the everyday Windows user who wants to make sure his computer is safe and threat-free.
Use Specialized Tools
Everyone knows that antivirus software is the most basic level of protection on Windows. Software developed today is constantly updated with the latest security patches and is easily adaptable to face the latest threats.
In addition, Windows 10 also comes with security tools already integrated into the system.
But it’s not enough!
Ill-intended actors are constantly looking for (and finding) new ways to get a hold of your data. So, the only way to stay safe is to promote a layered security approach where you use specialized tools for specific scenarios.
For instance, a service that provides identity theft protection is extremely useful for people who constantly make transactions online (which is most of us nowadays). Also, you can add to this a VPN service, for added encryption when you’re out there, in the online world.
In short, it’s not enough to base your happiness and peace of mind on just an antivirus! You need to take proactive action to keep your data safe.
Keep Everything Up to Date
Yes, the dreaded “update now or later” situation!
Stop selecting “later”, or worse, “never” and allow your systems to update. True, Windows updates can take a while, but you can let it update and shut down once it’s finished. Security patches are crucial in maintaining the health and safety of all your devices, so do not ignore them!
In addition, it’s best to allow all your software products to perform updates. If you’re only updating the OS but allow older software versions to run, it would be like bolting down the door and leaving a large window open on the ground floor.
Protect All Your Devices
We like to make a fuss about our computers and phones, but what about our smart TVs, gaming consoles, and other accessories such as USB drives?
Sadly, most of these devices don’t offer the option of installing antivirus software, but they can be protected if placed behind a secure router. In this case, the password is the most basic layer of protection, but more advanced devices also allow antivirus software and other tools to ward off anyone snooping around.
It also helps to use encryption tools to protect data stored on USB drives and external hard drives. This way, you can be sure no one can access the information without your permission.
Windows is a fantastic operating system but, just like any other human-made tool, it has its weaknesses. As such, it’s also our job to don’t let ill-intended actors take advantage of them and take all the necessary measures to stay safe!