Windows security is generally integrated into every device running Microsoft’s operating system. It shields your files and devices from malware and hacker attacks through a variety of techniques. This includes basic antivirus protection, a firewall and other tools to protect against data loss. Windows Security or the small shield icon in the taskbar’s notification area enables users to control and access the settings.

Microsoft’s own antivirus program, Microsoft Defender Antivirus, is included with Windows. In the initial versions of the software, it was referred to as Windows Defender Security Center. The application is free and provides chip-to cloud security. It can also be used conjunction with other security products and is able to detect threats that other security solutions are unable to detect.

One of the most important features is reputation-based security. It uses an online database to evaluate applications and websites for reputation scores. If a website or application is rated low, it’s not allowed to run on the device. This worked well and effectively prevented phishing sites and dangerous programs in our tests, but didn’t block as many third-party competitors did.

Other features include firewalls and network protection, which examines the network you are using as well as the applications you use in order to determine their security. Another feature is device security that provides advanced hardware features such as core isolation. This can assist in protecting your device from certain types or kinds of attacks, but you will require a compatible PC to use it.