A Sparkling Window to Cybersecurity

All cyber citizens should aspire to have a sparkling clean window to cyber security and cyber privacy.

With the vast majority of laptop and desktop devices running on Windows operating systems, let’s zero-in on learning more about securing your Windows 10 and Windows 11 from hacks or cyber-attacks.

With a sparkling clean window to your cyber security journey in general, with a focus on your Windows 10 and Windows 11 devices, you will be able to begin your cyber security journey on the right footing.

You may be curious about topics such as the dark web and rightfully so, but let’s start with the basics of what is malware is and some Windows 10 and Windows 11 security information to get you started.

Malware

Malware is intrusive malicious software or code designed to damage, steal data, commit cyber theft and cyber-espionage, and destroy computers and entire autonomous data systems. Malware is a shorter, more simplified form for “malicious software.” Some common, well-known types of malware include viruses, worms, Trojan viruses, spyware, adware, and ransomware.

For the average home, mobile user and consumer, the best starting point to combat malware in all its intricate forms and sneaky, deceptive permutations is to acquire a cyber security solution designed for the home user with a clear market share and a proven track record.

The best route is to download a free trial, get acquainted with the solution and then, if you feel comfortable with your overall user experience and the company’s existing credentials, upgrade to the full version sooner rather than later.

Windows 10 & 11 Security 

Windows offers a plethora of out-of-the-box security features and functions. To fully leverage it, you should get acquainted with those features and ensure you are using them towards an overall holistic Windows 10 and possibly 11 secure cyber journeys.

Let’s explore a few of these built-in security features and tools at a high introductory level.

Windows Hello

Windows Hello includes several options for logging in, locking and unlocking your Windows device, such as biometric authentication methods, including fingerprint and facial recognition, your Office 365 Microsoft account password and even a PIN.

Edge Online Privacy

The Microsoft Edge browser helps prevent sites from tracking you behind your digital back and offers transparent and user-friendly control over your privacy settings.

OneDrive Cloud 

PCs and laptops running on the two most significant Windows releases can have files of differing importance and sensitivity levels backed to their OneDrive account. OneDrive comes with an Office365 subscription.

If such PCs and Laptops are cyber-attacked, the data will be saved on that cloud account and can later be recovered on another device if need be with zero data loss.

Event Viewer: Security Log

The Windows security log has been a part of the Windows OS offering for decades and is still available on the latest Windows 10 & 11 OS platforms. One of the most intuitive, user-friendly ways to access it is to type “Event Viewer” on the main OS search bar.

If you suspect your system is experiencing a security incident, access the Event Viewer and click on Security under Windows Logs. Other log sections such as Application and System may also give a clue to any suspect event.

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