You can review and modify several of your security settings from one spot.
Are your Windows 10 security settings as tight as they should be? How can you check to make sure? Microsoft now offers a built-in tool called the Windows Defender Security Center, courtesy of the Windows 10 Creators Update. Whether you use Windows Defender or a third-party antivirus program, you can tap into the Security Center to review and change your security settings.
The feature covers several different areas of security. It checks to make sure you’re using antivirus software and gives you the option to run Windows Defender for periodic scans. It provides health reports on your security. It helps you enable and adjust the Windows firewall settings if needed. It can turn on SmartScreen to protect your system from possible malware. And it shows you how to create family accounts so the adults in your household can make sure the kids stay safe and secure.
Let’s take a tour of the Windows Defender Security Center to see how you can view and adjust your settings.
First, you’ll need to make sure you’ve installed the Windows 10 Creators Update. You can check this and access the Windows Defender Security Center in one fell swoop. Click on the Start button, scroll down the All Apps menu, and look for a shortcut for the Windows Defender Security Center. If you have the app, that means you have the Windows 10 Creators Update. Open the Security Center by clicking on its Start menu shortcut. The Security Center pops up with five categories: 1) Virus & threat protection; 2) Device performance & health; 3) Firewall & network protection; 4) App & browser control; and 5) Family options.