Product and service reviews are conducted independently by our editorial team, but we sometimes make money when you click on links. Learn more.

Guide to Windows 10 Security Settings

By - Source: Toms IT Pro

According to Microsoftthe Windows 10 operating system provides small businesses with the same level of security and control as large enterprises. It comes with automatic system updates, built-in virus protection and other features. You can view and manage the security and privacy settings built into the operating system in the Windows Settings control panel. 

To access Window Setting, press the Windows icon 
on your keyboard and then click SettingsThe Update & Security and Privacy sections of each contain several options to manage the operating system.  

MORE: Windows 10 Guide: Tips & Tricks 

Update & Security  

This section contains security features to help you manage your system, including Windows Update, Windows Defender, Backup and Recovery. 

Windows Update 

The most important way to keep your operating system secure is to make sure that you have the latest version of the operating systemSoftpedia News reported that computers running Windows 10 were immune to a recent ransomware virus that infected a number of high-profile systems in Europe, including the British National Health System (NHS).   

Windows 10 updates the operating system automatically. You can manage the update process by clicking “Change active hours” to pick the best time for updates. Be aware: the system must be on and connected for the update – and don’t turn your computer off. That interrupts the update. 

Windows Defender  

The built-in antivirus that comes with the operating system provides a comprehensive protection for your system, files and online activities from viruses, malware, spyware and other threats. Windows 10 automatically runs threat and health scans, provides update and a health report. To view Windows Defender, follow the link to the Windows Defender Security Center. Recommendations also appear in the Notifications section on the Taskbar, so you’re always aware of what to do to keep your system at peak performance and safety. Additionally, you can visit a Microsoft store and have your system scanned.  


You only have to lose data once to understand that it’s really important to have a backup strategyMicrosoft recommends that you back up your data with an external hard drive and use File History for back up.    

Once you add a drive, you have the ability to back up your files automatically. Voila. No more lost data. You can set the frequency of the backup, tell Windows how long to keep the backup, and identify specific files and folders to back up. You also have the option to turn the backup, which is useful when you’re traveling and don’t have the backup drive with you. You can also set the backup to a different drive.  

Troubleshooting, Recovery 

Windows 10 has a number of settings in Troubleshooting to find and fix problems with your PC, internet connections and devices. Recovery gives you the option to restore your computer while keeping personal files, restore Windows from another device or disc, or if your PC is beyond restoring, beginning again with a clean installation of Windows.  


Privacy is the other side of security. Features in the Update & security section protect your computer from harm or loss. Use the options in Privacy to control access to your applications and your system, the devices that you allow to send and receive data, and the level of feedback you choose to provide to Microsoft and other application developers. 

Browse through the settings in all categories to understand how Microsoft and other companies use your data and preferences to personalize your experience. Review the privacy settings for personalized ads, websites and apps. Be sure to read theMicrosoft Privacy Statement and sign into thePrivacy page to manage your privacy settings and data.

  • Window 10 Sleep and Hibernation Settings Guide
  • Windows 10 Professional vs. Enterprise
  • Make Windows 10 Look Like Windows 7