Windows security is generally built into every device running Microsoft’s operating system. It shields your devices and files from malware and hacker attacks through a variety of techniques. This includes basic straight from the source antivirus protection and a fire-proof wall and other tools to stop data loss. You can manage and access these settings via the Windows Security application or a small shield icon in the notification area of the taskbar.

Microsoft’s own antivirus software, Microsoft Defender Antivirus, is available with Windows. Windows Defender Security Center was the name given to the initial versions. The program is free and provides chip-to cloud security. It can also be used conjunction with other security tools, and it is able detect threats that other solutions miss.

One of the most important features is reputation-based security. It utilizes an online database to analyze apps and websites to determine their reputation scores. If a program or website has a low score the program or site will be blocked from running on your device. This was a good idea and successfully stopped phishing sites and harmful programs during our tests however it didn’t block as many third-party competitors did.

Other features include firewalls and network protection, which analyzes your network as well as the applications you use to determine if they are safe. Device security is another option that lets you access advanced hardware features, such as core isolation. This feature is able to secure your device from specific types of attacks. However, you will need to use an compatible computer to make use of.