Windows 10: 7 Security Features You Should Know to Prevent Cyberattacks

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There are many threats to cybersecurity on a daily basis and enterprises must know what security measures are available in the software platforms they use in business. The Windows 10 latest upgrades are definitely worth learning about because they feature seven security measures to protect machines and data from phishing and malware attacks.

The first line of defense used by Windows 10 is the Windows Defender Smart Screen. It automatically blocks websites that have been reported to be conducting phishing activities or those with malware presence. Other activities prevented by this feature include stopping all downloads of malicious files, fake advertisements, blocking of scam sites, and protection against drive-by attacks.

The Windows Defender Application Guard protects the machine from targeting threats launched against Microsoft Edge. Untrusted sites are contained and will not gain access to memory, storage, and other resources. Users may manually add websites to the whitelist to allow access to the machine.

User Account Control blocks unauthorized installation of applications on the machine and requires administrator privileges to override the security measure.

Windows Defender Device Guard works with two kernel mode processes to protect the device. It involves driver and application whitelisting to manage authorized access. Windows Defender Exploit Guard protects the machine from security exploitation, attack surface reduction rules, network penetration, and unauthorized folder access.

Microsoft BitLocker is a feature that provides encryption of the entire hard drive. It is primarily used to reduce unauthorized data access using enhanced system protection and to block further access if the drive is recycled. Windows Defender Credential Guard, meanwhile, uses virtualization-based security to isolate sensitive information from attackers and prevent persistent attacks on hardware.