Hi, how are you? You just upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 10? Did you buy a computer with Windows 10? Or are you just a veteran user of the latest Microsoft OS? Well, whatever the situation, it is always advisable to improve security in the operating system. Consequently, with quick action, you can enable some of the basic security features. In addition to disabling the most annoying features without compromising the device. So let’s look at the 5 essential security changes for Windows 10.
Create a restoration point.
The first thing to do with a new computer with Windows 10, is to create a restore point. In effect, this is a safe point to return to if something goes wrong. Suppose something goes wrong while you are setting up the system, then you can go back to this new installation and start from scratch. However, this option is disabled by default so you have to enable it manually. With this intention, follow these steps:
- Press the Win+Q combination and type restore system.
- Click on the System Protection tab. Then select the drive where Windows is installed. This is usually the C drive with a small Windows icon on it. Finally, click on configure.
- In the next window, select Turn on system protection. It is also possible to assign the size of the disk assigned to the function. Press OK to set the changes.
From this moment on, automatic restoration points will be created. It is also possible to create them manually. The most important thing is that you can always return to a secure version of the system.
Remove the bloatware
The really unpleasant thing about getting a new PC with Windows 10 is that it’s never completely new. That is, both Microsoft and the manufacturer include proprietary, unwanted, sometimes non-functional, or trial software. Worst of all, this software is almost never used. Consequently, it remains on the system taking up valuable memory space. In addition, it ends up becoming outdated by creating security holes. So let’s get to work:
- Press the Win+I combination to go to the Windows Settings. Once there, click on App.
- Once there, look at the installed applications and right-click on the mouse to uninstall it
Once the bloatware system is stripped, it’s time to protect important software. Indeed, it is important to keep Windows 10 up to date. This way, the components are kept up to date and the risk of virus and malware infection is prevented. With this intention, enter the Windows settings by pressing the Win+I combination and then select Update and Security
Then click on Check Update. Then wait while the updates are downloaded and installed. You may need to restart your computer.
Use a local account instead of a Microsoft account
By default, when you log on to Windows 10 you use the same Microsoft e-mail account. Consequently, any changes made to that computer will synchronize with another Windows 10 device. At first glance, it seems an ideal feature. However, if a hacker were to affect the device, then all synchronized information would be affected. For that reason, we are going to use a local account instead of the Microsoft account.
- Once again, enter the Windows 10 settings by pressing the Win+I combination. Then select the Accounts option.
- Click on Family & other users. Then select Add someone to this PC.
- In the floating window select the option I don’t have the sign-in information for this person.
- Now click on Add a user without a Microsoft account
- Follow the instructions in the wizard to create a local user.
Turn off the stalkerware.
Microsoft automatically tracks location and monitors behavior to sell advertising. Let’s see how to disable these features:
- Enter the Windows settings by pressing the Win+I combination and then click Privacy.
- Under Change privacy options, turn off the first option to prevent apps from using your ID. This will prevent ad tracking.
- Then, click on Ubication. Now change the switch to turn off location tracking by Microsoft.
Finally, we have seen 5 essential security changes in Windows 10. With these simple steps, you can improve your privacy and security in the operating system. I hope this post is useful to you. Before I go I invite you to see our post about ransomware RobbinHood on Windows 10.