For many years, Windows users had to rely on a third-party security tool to root out viruses and malware, but now Microsoft's operating system comes with its own package in the form of Windows Security.
It's designed to run smoothly and efficiently in the background, and you may not have noticed it there — but it's important to know how it keeps your computer safe and gives you a variety of options.
While you can add additional security software to Windows if you wish, Windows Security will keep you safe. You can open it from the Start menu or by clicking on its icon in the notification area.
Find your way
Open the main Windows Security Dashboard and you'll see a grid of icons, all with a reassuring green check mark next to them — if anything needs your attention, these check marks will be replaced by a yellow exclamation mark. You can click from any item in the grid Virus and threat protection Per Security historyJump to the relevant section inside the app.
The pane on the left gives you another way to jump across different parts of Windows Security: The Home If you have to go back to the main dashboard, the option is to go back. To like Account protectionFor example, options related to your Microsoft account and how to sign in to Windows on your computer (including face and fingerprint detection, if available).
Firewall and network security Where you can monitor firewalls around your local network devices and around the Internet for Windows. If you decide to install a third-party security package, Windows Security can also monitor it and make sure everything is working properly – if no firewall is enabled, you will see an on-screen warning.
To like Settings From the left-hand navigation bar to customize various aspects of Windows security: These are mainly around notifications displayed by the program and any third party security software you have installed. You can click Security history Here's a look at what Windows Security has been up to lately, whether it's a virus scan or a security alert.
Running virus and malware scans
As long as you actively keep your computer safe and secure, Virus and threat protection Visit the Windows Security section. Like the rest of the software, most of the features here will run in the background, but it is good to be aware of what is available and what you can do if you find anything suspicious.