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This is a centralized location to check on the security and health of your device and to see if any action needs to be taken.

Accessing Windows Security

 

You can access this via Start > All apps > Windows Security.

 

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- or -

 

By clicking the Windows Security icon in the Taskbar.

 

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Windows Security Overview

 

Once opened you will see the main screen below which shows at at glance if you are protected and everything is working okay by the green ticks.

 

N.B. Some of these options may be disabled if you have other security software installed.

 

You can click the windows_security_expand_win11 icon to show/hide the side menu.

 

 

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It is divided into several areas which are explained in more detail in the table below:-

 

No1

Virus & threat protection

Shows the current status of your security protection whether it be Microsoft's built in security or whatever third party security product you have installed e.g. AVG Internet Security

No2

Account protection

Checks security of the account you use to login to Windows, advises if not using a Microsoft Account, and suggests best ways to login to your device e.g. Windows Hello, password or PIN

No3

Firewall & network protection

Provides information on the network connections and active Windows Firewall settings, as well as links to network troubleshooting information

No4

App & browser control

Allows you to adjust settings for SmartScreen for apps and browsers helping you be more informed and stay safer online by warning you of potential malicious sites, downloads and unrecognized apps and files from the Internet.

No5

Device Security

Shows the security features built in to to your device e.g. security features built into Intel and AMD processors, TPM chips on motherboard to deal with encryption, and whether secure boot is enabled

No6

Device performance & health

Provides a overview of the latest Windows updates, drivers, battery life and storage capacity

No7

Family options

Gives you an easy way to connect to the family options available online. This page can link you to information about parental controls, options for setting up good screen time habits, setting up activity reports of your kids’ online activity and managing controls for purchasing apps and games

No8

Protection history

View the latest protection actions and recommendations

 

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