Five Ways the New Windows Security Center Will Ensure Your Online Safety & Device Security

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Jan 24, 2017
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Windows 10 Creators Update is expected to bring a truckload of new features to Windows machines. But, what about security? After introducing better privacy controls, the Redmond tech giant is now trying to make it easier for users to understand Windows security. “In the Windows 10 Creators Update, we will introduce a new experience called the Windows Defender Security Center to make it is easier for you to view and control the security protections you choose and better understand the security features already protecting you on your Windows 10 device,” the company announced.

Microsoft reveals “Windows Defender Security Center”

While Windows Defender and Security & Maintenance Control Panel (formerly known as Security Center) will probably live on, the company is introducing the new Windows Defender Security Center as a hub to offer you control and visibility over your device.

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“Our goal with the new Windows Defender Security Center is to help you become more informed and make safety simple,” the company said. Microsoft added that the Windows Defender Security Center includes five pillars:

  1. Virus & threat protection
  2. Device performance & health
  3. Firewall & network protection
  4. App & browser control
  5. Family options

The Security Center’s home screen will show actions that you can take. “Virus & threat protection” gives you access to your antivirus app, whether you are using Windows Defender or a third-party app. The company said that it will ensure that your device is never left unprotected. When a subscription to a third-party AV product expires, for example, “Windows Defender Antivirus will kick in to provide protection by default until you take further action”.

“Device performance & health” shows a single  view of all your latest updates, drivers, storage capacity, and battery life. The newly introduced Refresh Windows will also be available in this menu, offering you to do a clean install for better performance.

With “Firewall & network protection”, users will be able to see and troubleshoot network issues. “App & browser control” will help you stay safe online by warning you of malicious sites, downloads and unrecognized apps from the internet.

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Finally, the “Family options” is where you will have a birdseye view of parental controls, screen time habits, activity reports of your kids’ online activity, health and safety of your family’s devices, and controls over app and game purchases.

While the latest Windows Defender Security Center aims to provide a better control over device and browsing security, Microsoft will have to take some steps to clean up different control managers. As critics have suggested, right now it’s similar functions offered under different programs, and with repeatedly rehashed names. But, we hope to see a more final and polished version of Windows Defender Security Center with the public release of the Creators Update, and it will perhaps be the only control menu we will have to remember for all our security needs.

Windows Insiders can explore this security “experience” right away under Start Menu > All Apps. Microsoft will rollout the new Windows Defender Security Center in April with the Windows 10 Creators Update.

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