Windows 10 Security Simplified
Microsoft is to launch a simplified all-in-one tool for keeping track of security in Windows 10. It's based around what Microsoft is calling the "five pillars of protection."
The new tool will be called the Windows Defender Security Center. As the name suggests, it's a mixture of Security Centre (a longstanding menu in Windows) and Windows Defender, Windows 10's built-in security software which replaces the old Microsoft Security Essentials.
It's currently in testing among users who have signed up for 'fast ring updates', but will be introduced to the general public via the "Windows 10 Creators Update," - a major Windows 10 update scheduled for Spring of 2017. The idea is to make it a dedicated application that's simple to access and use.
Five Key Areas Covered
The key to the tool will be a simple screen which lists five main security areas: virus and threat protection; device performance and health; firewall and network protection; app and browser control, and family options.
Clicking on any of the five sections will take the user to the relevant settings menus. However, the screen will also act as a warning because the sections will normally display a green tick. When there's a problem, this is replaced with a red cross and an explanation of what the problem is and what action the user needs to take. (Source: windows.com)
Despite the name, the tool should go beyond mere security and act as something of a "health check" for the computer, detailing non-security issues such as limiting screen time for children, making sure hardware drivers are up to date, or keeping an eye on battery time remaining on laptops.
Third Party Antivirus Supported
One notable element is that the virus and threat protection section will work with third-party antivirus tools. However, it appears this section will simply be a link to the third-party tool. Those who stick with Windows Defender will be able to see scan results and history in the Security Center.
One other feature is that the Security Center will check the third-party antivirus tool. If it's stopped working because a subscription has run out, Windows Defender will automatically kick in to make sure the computer isn't left unprotected. (Source: zdnet.com)
What's Your Opinion?
Do you like the sound of the new tool? Do you find it confusing keeping track of all the settings and security options in Windows? Is Microsoft right to have Windows Defender run automatically when third-party tools expire?
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