If you use a Windows computer, there’s an integrated security tool that guards against viruses and malware. Microsoft Defender or Windows Security is a security software that offers an integrated interface for managing the firewall, antivirus, and performance features. It also lets you monitor the health of your device, and protects your data through encryption of passwords and hardware. Installing third-party antivirus software can disable the Microsoft Defender Antivirus engine, however it won’t impact the capabilities of Windows Security itself.
One of the most important features of Windows Security is Microsoft Defender’s real-time security. It scans your entire system and blocks malicious software in real time. It also allows you to identify and restore malicious applications that were incorrectly blocked. Microsoft Defender relies on cloud-based and online malware definitions. This could cause it to be slower than other paid competitors in terms of malware and virus detection.
Other settings that you can access through Windows Security include User Account Control, which warns you when something or someone attempts to alter the settings of the system and then locks the screen until an administrator can confirm the change. You can also choose the frequency at which Windows Security will run a background check and scan for updates.
Windows Security allows you to create backups from the Microsoft OneDrive folder, and even securely erase your hard disk and start from scratch. It’s a handy method to keep your computer’s operating system as well as personal information secure and is a good option for people who don’t want to shell out for a security program that isn’t included.