By PowerBuy // 4 December 2017 // Related Categories:

Three ways to secure your Windows 10 device


When you buy a new car, you expect that it will come with robust security features: an immobiliser, central locking, and maybe even an alarm for good measure. New operating systems are the same and on this score, Windows 10 doesn’t disappoint. The latest version of Microsoft’s desktop and mobile OS, it boasts three in-built security features designed to keep your data and devices safe.

1. Device Guard

Would you like to install this app? Most of us click yes without much thought – but what if the app in question secretly contains malware? Or what if you’re not even notified of the app’s self-installation?

Device Guard takes care of this by blocking executable and script-based malware. It also allows organisations and individuals to identify trusted apps, giving them exclusive permission to run updates and perform other automatic functions.

Importantly, Device Guard has been endorsed by several manufacturers. With its ability to neutralise malicious apps, Device Guard offers an easy way to keep your devices safe from harm.

2. Passport

Traditional passwords pose a problem: the more secure they are, the harder they are to remember. Fortunately, Microsoft Passport gives Windows 10 users a safe and easy way to access password-protected services.

Users first complete an easy two-factor authentication process that requires a PIN or biometric signature and an authorised Windows device.

Once authenticated, users can select a unique gesture to use for future log-ins. This allows Windows to complete other log-ins (for example, to online services) on the user’s behalf. It’s a safe solution, and a convenient one too – after all, not only are gestures harder to crack than passwords, they’re also much harder to forget.

3. Windows Hello

Windows Hello works with Windows Passport to provide enterprise-grade security without the need for a password. Using Windows Hello, you can teach your device to recognise a unique biometric.

In other words, you can start signing in by using a scanner to read your fingerprint or a camera to identify your face or iris. It’s a form of security that nobody else can guess or replicate – and, to make it even safer, the authentication data is encrypted and, to protect it from online assailants, stored only on your device.

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