With more than a 70 percent market share, it is safe to say that Microsoft’s Windows operating system (OS) is easily the world’s favorite computer platform. Accordingly, the OS’s popularity makes it more targeted by cybercriminals than any other platform, with the exception of Android.
With that in mind, it makes sense to secure your Windows PC as best you can. Here are four tips to help you do just that.
1. Use a VPN when you’re online
If you are unfamiliar with what a VPN does, the software neatly accomplishes two key things simultaneously: it encrypts all of your data traffic and it creates your very own private browsing network. Your information cannot be intercepted, nor decrypted even if it was.
Install a VPN and use it whenever you’re online, especially if you use free public WiFi networks.
2. Keep your computer updated
We get it, Windows updates are the digital equivalent of snail mail, they seem to take forever to finally reach their target, in this case, that’s your PC. But updates are essential as developers release these to patch known issues and vulnerabilities. Leaving your computer un-updated is practically akin to inviting threat actors into your systems.
3. Enable Windows 10’s native security tools
According to Microsoft, Windows 10 offers the company’s best native security tools and features, so it only makes sense to use these as much as possible. Consider enabling the following:
- Biometric authentication with Windows Hello: Log in to your device using your own unique biometric data, such as your facial features or your fingerprint.
- Windows Sandbox: Open an application in sandboxed isolation, and keep it from all of your essential computer systems. This handy tool allows you to inspect a program without worrying about it causing havoc.
- Bitlocker: Available for Enterprise and Pro users, Bitlockers offers full drive encryption, meaning your personal data is safe even if the physical device is lost or stolen.
- Dynamic Lock: This nifty feature locks your computer automatically when a Bluetooth paired device is physically distant. Pair your computer to your phone and ensure you don’t leave your computer open accidentally.
4. Invest in high-quality malware solutions
While Windows Defender, a native antivirus, antimalware, and firewall rolled into one, isn’t bad, it certainly falls far short of top-line security software. If you can, invest in third-party antimalware and antivirus solutions (you need both) for an extra layer of security.
Hopefully, these four tips help keep your data, device, and personal information safe and secure in 2021.