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Windows 10 security guide to fortify your defenses

Take a closer look at our Windows 10 security guide and examine some of the top features such as Isolated User Mode and learn how to perform tasks such as booting in Safe Mode.


Windows 10 does not revolutionize operating system security, but it does take some aspects in new directions.

From basic security needs, including encryption and password complexity standards, to its features, including Windows Hello for Business, there is a lot to keep track of when it comes to Windows 10 security. Add in tools such as Wi-Fi Sense, which can allow unauthorized users onto a corporate network, and administrators really have their work cut out for them with Windows 10.

Follow this Windows 10 security guide, which covers security basics, explores the key features and shows how to make critical changes, to build an impenetrable Windows 10 fortress.

1Security considerations-

Windows 10 security musts

It's critical for IT admins to prevent users from causing security problems. A major point of emphasis should be the simple things with Windows 10 security, including limiting users' access to data and designating who can share what and with whom. Also discover what the ideal security setup looks like.


The simple things are critical

Some seemingly obvious issues plague Windows desktop security the most, including unencrypted laptops and overly simple passwords. Continue Reading


Three basics for better Windows 10 security

Windows 10 security comes down to educating users, updating everything, and encrypting and backing up critical data. Continue Reading


Perfect operating system security

To create an effective Windows 10 security setup, IT admins have to look at encryption, password complexity, data loss prevention and more. Continue Reading


Obvious Windows 10 security gaps to look out for

There are a lot of Windows 10 security risks. Some of them, such as a lack of encryption or unpatched systems, can be easy to forget. Continue Reading

2Security features-

The Windows 10 security tool shed

Windows 10 is chock full of security features from Windows Hello for Business, which brings two-factor authentication and biometrics to the table, to Isolated User Mode, which turns to virtualization to improve security. Microsoft's latest OS also includes Windows Information Protection and tighter web browser security in Microsoft Edge.


Greet two-factor authentication

With Windows Hello for Business, the days of password-only authentication are history. Two-factor authentication and biometrics are here. Continue Reading


Passwords are no longer king of authentication

When it comes to Windows 10 authentication, users have options beyond traditional passwords. For example, Windows Hello includes three biometric authentication options. Continue Reading


A closer look at Windows Information Protection

With Windows Information Protection in Windows 10, IT can determine what business data users can access and what they can do with it. Continue Reading


Deep dive into Windows 10 security features

With Windows 10 security features, IT can control what applications can access corporate data, improve data loss prevention and more. Plus, Microsoft Edge introduces new security for web browsing. Continue Reading


Take Windows 10 security up a notch

Look to Windows Firewall, Windows Defender, Windows Update and third-party tools to improve security. Continue Reading


Check out Windows security through virtualization

Isolated User Mode, a new virtualization-based security technology in Windows 10, separates a virtual process or data from the OS so people without permission cannot change it. Continue Reading

3Security how-to-

How to improve Windows 10 security

Even with the security features in Windows 10, admins must know how to make alterations to certain aspects of the OS to better mitigate any risks. This includes keeping third-party software up to date, limiting which wireless networks users can connect to and turning off features such as Wi-Fi Sense.


How to lock down third-party software

Security patches for non-Microsoft software on Windows often falls behind. Use effective third-party software patching to fill the holes. Continue Reading


Rid the Edge browser of malware

Admins can disable phony tech support messages when users pick up browser malware in Microsoft Edge with a few simple steps. Continue Reading


How to use Safe Mode

Booting to Safe Mode in Windows 10 is a little different than it was in the past; no longer can admins or users press F8 during the process to see boot options. Continue Reading


Take control of users' wireless connections

Learn how to configure wireless access so people working on Windows devices can -- or cannot -- connect to the wireless networks IT specifies. Continue Reading


Turn Wi-Fi Sense off

Wi-Fi Sense in Windows 10 can compromise corporate network security. Admins should know how to shut the feature off and prevent unauthorized users from accessing their networks. Continue Reading

4Security quiz-

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Windows 10 security terms to know

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