How do I keep my Windows 10 Device Secure?

Last Updated by Unyime Etim on Sept. 13, 2020, 10 p.m.

The security of the computer system is a very crucial task, especially so in this age where the internet has become a daily part of human activities. A system is said to be secure if its resources are used and accessed as intended under all circumstances. However, due to the continuously improving and evolving threats, no system can be 100 percent secure, but there are certain tips that can be taken to reduce risk to your machine and data which I’ll discuss in this article. In this context, I will examine the various steps you can take to keep your Windows 10  safe from malware as well as hackers who aim to steal information and subsequently harm your computer.

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Best ways to keep your Windows 10 V1909 Safe

It is a well-known fact that all computing devices are prone to malware and third-party interference. However, there are numerous steps and best practices that can be taken to reduce the risk of a data breach.

Keep Windows 10 Software Updated

One important step to take towards data safety and security is the constant update of your system software. Most software companies like Microsoft and the likes usually release regular updates aimed at fixing known vulnerabilities with the goal of keeping users' machines safe. It is recommended that you set your Windows 10 PC to automatically install these updates. A perfect article on how to do that can be found here.

Aside from the periodic system updates, all other software in the Windows PC should be kept up to date.

Use Antivirus programs

If there is one thing that should not be missing on every computer, it is an antivirus program. Antivirus is an important component that aids every system to combat malware.

In addition to that, it should be understood that antivirus programs, just like every other program requires constant updates. Therefore, try to keep it up to date as often as possible. A handy antivirus program that works perfectly on Windows 10 V1909 is the native Windows Defender Antivirus.

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Use Firewalls

If you have ever thought of how expensive malware could be, you will find the need for firewalls. Firewalls somehow function like antivirus programs; however, while antivirus notifies you and leaves you to block or unblock malicious attacks, firewalls automatically block worms, ransomware, and the likes.

Read also: How to Prevent a Ransomware Attack (11 actionable tips)

While you will find a lot of firewalls, the most suitable for 19H2 is the Windows Firewall. This package is enabled by default and it makes itself an integral part of the system's proper functioning.

Install Verified Apps only

 A lot of users are fond of installing programs and packages that are from untrusted sources; these applications usually makes the system prone to infections. To avoid risk to important files and data on your 1909, install programs from trusted sources only.

Also, a step further to protecting malware is to install programs from Microsoft Store, or other reliable sources. An advantage of installing from Microsoft Store is that they usually have a way of keeping users from installing the classic desktop (win32) programs. This feature has saved a lot of users from installing malicious applications from unreliable sources.

Create Multiple Backups

Aside from Windows 10 operations, it is not a safe practice to keep all files in just one storage. Instead of that, a simple way to keep files and data safe is by creating more than one backup for all files.

With the availability of many online and offline backups like OneDrive, Cloud and the likes, having more than one storage measure is now easier than ever. One advantage of keeping files in more than one storage is that you'll never have to bother about losing files in case of break-ins, or data loss.

Conclusion

In conclusion, all computing systems are prone to malware, hacking, and break-ins. However, your risk of suffering a breach is much reduced if you take particular care in the security of your device.

In summary:

  • Keep Windows 10 software updates
  • Use antivirus programs
  • Use firewalls
  • Install verified apps only
  • Create multiple backups

Thank you for reading. If you found this article informative, have a suggestion, question, or contribution, please drop a comment. I’ll be very happy to hear from you.

 

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