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Secure Your Computer: Windows 10

  1. Select the Start > Settings > Update & Security.
  2. Select Windows Update > Advanced options.
  3. Choose Automatic for how updates are installed.
  4. Check Give me updates for other Microsoft products.
  5. Click the back arrow.
  6. Click Check for updates.
  7. Install updates if available. This may take a few moments as the updates are installed. Restart if prompted.
  8. Repeat until no updates are found.
  1. Update other software applications you may have. Consider the following:
    • Adobe products (e.g., Acrobat, Flash, Reader, etc. as well as any plug-ins)
    • Web browsers
    • Java
  2. Most applications can be updated by selecting Check for Updates in one of the following menus: Application, Preferences or Help.
  3. When you update these applications, please make sure to select the “Automatically install updates” option.
  4. Run QUALYS Browser Check regularly. This tool will walk you through updating any browser-related applications; and will help you protect your computer from those actively exploiting security flaws through the web.
Remove Anti-virus Software
  1. Click Start.
  2. Type Control Panel in the search box and select Control Panel from the results.
  3. Select Programs and Features.
  4. Select the anti-virus software title you’d like to remove and click Uninstall.
  5. After uninstall completes, restart your computer.

Configure Windows Defender

  1. Click Start.
  2. Type Defender in the search box and select Windows Defender from the results.
  3. Turn on Real-Time Protection.

Password Protect Your Computer

  1. Select Start > Settings > Accounts.
  2. Select Sign-in options and click Add.
  3. Choose a strong password (e.g., at least eight characters, contains upper/lower case letters and numbers, etc.)
  4. If others use this computer, select Family & Other users.
  5. Create a password for each account on your computer.

Password Protect Your Screen Saver

  1. From the Find a setting search field, search Screen Saver.
  2. Set the following
    • Choose a Screen saver.
    • Set the Wait time to 10 minutes or less.
    • Select On resume, display logon screen.
  3. Click Apply and then OK.

Turn on the Firewall

  1. From the Find a setting search field, search for Firewall.
  2. Select Windows Firewall.
  3. Select Turn Windows Firewall on or off.
  4. Verify that Windows Firewall state is set to ON.
  5. Click OK.