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Windows 11 is the latest version of the popular operating system from Microsoft, and with it comes a host of new features and improvements. One area that has received particular attention is security, as cyber threats continue to evolve and become more sophisticated. In this article, we will take a look at some of the steps you can take to improve the security of your Windows 11 device.
Keep your system and applications up to date
One of the simplest and most effective ways to improve security on your Windows 11 device is to ensure that all of your system and application software is up to date. Microsoft releases regular updates that not only add new features but also address security vulnerabilities that have been discovered. By keeping your system and applications up to date, you can help protect yourself against these threats.
To check for updates on your Windows 11 device, go to the Start menu and click on the “Settings” icon. From there, select “Windows Update” and then click on the “Check for updates” button.
Enable Windows Defender
Windows Defender is a built-in security tool that helps protect your device against malware and other threats. It works in the background to scan your system and alert you if it detects any suspicious activity.
To ensure that Windows Defender is enabled on your device, go to the Start menu and find “Windows Security” in all apps. From there, select “Virus & threat protection” and then click on the “Manage settings” option in Virus & threat protection settings. Make sure that “Real-time protection” is turned on, and that all other security options are enabled as well.
Use a strong, unique password
One of the most common ways that cybercriminals gain access to devices is through weak or easily guessable passwords. To help protect yourself, it’s important to use a strong, unique password for your Windows 11 device. A strong password should be at least 8 characters long and contain a mix of upper and lower case letters, numbers, and special characters.
To change your password on Windows 11, go to the Start menu and click on the “Settings” icon. From there, select “Accounts” and then click on the “Sign-in options” option. From there, you can change your password by clicking on the “Change” button under the “Password” section.
Use a firewall
A firewall is a security tool that helps protect your device against unwanted incoming traffic, such as malware or other threats. Windows 11 includes a built-in firewall that you can enable to help protect your device.
To enable the firewall on Windows 11, go to the Start menu and find the “Control Panel.” From there, select “Windows Defender Firewall” and then click on the “Turn Windows Defender Firewall on or off” option. From there, make sure that the “Windows Defender Firewall” is turned on for both private and public networks.
Enable secure boot
Secure boot is a feature that helps protect your device against boot-level malware, which is a type of malware that can be installed before the operating system is even loaded. By enabling secure boot, you can help ensure that only trusted software is allowed to run on your device.
To access these settings, go to Settings > Update & Security > Recovery and select Restart now under Advanced startup. From the next screen, select Troubleshoot > Advanced options > UEFI Firmware Settings > Restart to make changes.
To change these settings, you will need to switch the PC boot mode from one enabled as “Legacy” BIOS (also known as “CSM” Mode) to UEFI/BIOS (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface). In some cases, there are options to enable both UEFI and Legacy/CSM. If so, you will need to choose UEFI to be the first or only option.
By following these steps, you can help improve the security of your Windows 11 device and protect yourself against cyber threats. It’s important to remember that security is an ongoing process, and you should continue to take steps to protect yourself as new threats emerge.