The system Windows of any version is always cited for its loopholes, but nobody wants to lose their data or have their system hacked. See below, how to protect the Windows 10 with a series of configuration tips that will make the Microsoft operating system more secure. The important thing is not to make it easier for hackers because of known issues.
1. Disable Windows automatic login
For those traveling with their notebooks, personal or work, this is an important tip. Disabling this function is one of the first settings you should change or verify on your computer.
When setting up a new PC with Windows 10 for the first time, a user account is created. By default, the new account is configured to do login automatically at startup.
See o notebook usually stay at home all the time or don’t have access to sensitive data (very difficult), this might not be a problem. The security risk is in the example of opening your computer and gaining immediate access to company or personal data and systems. If you usually use your device in places like a cafe, airport or open spaces of coworking, it is best to disable.
- Type the command “Netplwiz” in the search bar and run the command;
- Check the “Users must enter username and password to use the computer” option.
2. Check or enable Windows Firewall
Despite not being the best in defense, without him everything gets worse. In recent versions of operating systems from Microsoft, including the Windows 10, the firewall is enabled by default. It’s probably all set, but it doesn’t hurt to check the settings to make sure it’s not disabled.
THE firewall do Windows is an integrated network security system. It is designed to prevent unauthorized access to or from your private network. Firewall modalities are often used to prevent unauthorized Internet users from accessing private networks connected to the Internet, especially intranets (professional case).
- Write “Windows Firewall” in the search field and open the app;
- Select “Enable/Disable Windows Firewall Defender”;
- Make sure it’s active, if not, check to activate.
3. Disable remote access
In an attempt to protect the Windows 10, remote access is a great villain because it allows someone to control everything on the computer as if they were connected directly to it. Unfortunately, the hackers can explore Windows Remote Desktop.
In some attack examples, criminals attempted to gain control of remote systems by installing a malware or stealing databases full of personal information. By default, the feature is disabled. Once activated, however, it is easy to deactivate it again.
- Type “Control Panel” in the search bar and open the app;
- In the window that opens, in the search bar in the upper right corner type “remote”;
- In the “Systems” section, click on the option “Allow remote access to the computer”;
- Uncheck the box that allows the function.
4. Enable Windows 10 automatic updates
Many users end up disabling automatic updates, usually they are users of unauthenticated systems (pirates). This is a problem, in any text or course on Cybersecurity, the first step to protect your computer is through system updates.
Security breaches are common and over time identified by the Microsoft which corrects them, precisely, with system updates. Breaches are one of the first attack factors used by hackers. Keeping the system up to date is the way to minimize unauthorized access.
- Type “Settings” in the search bar and open the app;
- Go to the “Update and Security” option and click on it;
- If automatic updates are enabled everything is correct, otherwise you can check for new updates or activate in “advanced settings”, security updates are almost daily;
- In addition to the “mandatory” updates, you can see optional system updates, just download and install them in the “Update and Security” window.
5. Use password manager
As the hackers are getting better at stealing or cracking passwords, tech companies are forcing us to make our passwords stronger and more complicated. It also means that more people start to reuse passwords (a mistake).
If a password is stolen in a data breach, that password could give users hackers access to multiple accounts with personal, financial or professional information. Password managers serve as control for all your passwords, which can finally be more complex without having to memorize or write it down and lose it on paper.
You may have heard of password managers like Lastpass, 1Password, Keeper Where Dashlane. There are many others, choose the one that looks good for you and start using it. Some password managers, such as Lastpass, offer a free version with all the basic tools you need.
With these basic precautions to protect the Windows 10, it becomes a more secure operating system. Obviously there are other configurations, such as the creation and control of individual access and connection rules for each software, which is a little more advanced. Don’t forget to install a good antivirus. Good luck.
With information: Computer world, Microsoft, Securicy.