What Are the Top Technologies That Make Windows 10 More Secure?
If your business is transitioning to Windows 10, you may have questions about the OS’s security. Fortunately, Windows 10 is extremely secure. Learn more here.
Top Reasons Windows 10 Is So Secure
Windows 10 is one of the most secure operating systems available today.
With the end of Microsoft’s support for Windows 7 just around the corner (January 14, 2020), many businesses are making the wise decision of transitioning to Windows 10. In this regard, all IT specialists agree: the sooner you make the transition, the better.
Why? It all comes down to security. The most crucial reason to transition away from Windows 7 is to ensure the security of your business’s systems, networks, and data.
Of course, it’s not just that loss of support for Windows 7 means the operating system will be at risk of all sorts of security breaches, adware, viruses, and more. The truth is that the next step up after Windows 7 — Windows 10 — offers a number of amazing security features to protect your business.
Marius Nel, an Atlanta IT support specialist with 360 Smart Networks shares his top 3 reasons why Windows 10 is so secure.
1 – Device Guard
HP, Acer, and Lenovo are all major hardware manufacturers that support Device Guard. Essentially, Device Guard includes key security features that keep malware from running on your machines. They do this by looking for any type of abnormal code.
Device Guard has the most to do with applications that your computer or device uses. Most people assume that if they can download an application, it’s legitimate and won’t include any type of malicious software. Unfortunately, this isn’t always true.
According to Microsoft, Device Guard combines “enterprise-related hardware, firmware, and software security feature” that locks down your machine and ensures only safe applications can run on it.
2 – Passport
Lastly, Passport deals with passwords. As a business, it is essential that you have an adequate number of passwords on your devices and within your programs, networks, and applications. Everyone who works for you should likewise have their own personal passwords for things like email.
Passport is a great way to help you and your employees organize your passwords. It’s a safeguard that helps you out if you forget a password or need to update an old one. You can simply set up a personal two-factor authentication process (along with a biometric signature or a PIN). Alternatively, you can create individual gestures that make logins quicker and easier.
3 – Windows Hello
Finally, Windows Hello provides for top-level security by working alongside Passport. Using this security device, you can actually teach your machine to recognize the authorized user. This is down through the use of individual biometric cues. Generally, this will be a face scan (or an iris scan) using the device’s camera. Or alternatively, it can be through the reading of a fingerprint.
Have You Transitioned Away From Windows 7 Yet?
If you haven’t stopped using Windows 7 within your business, it’s time to transition away now. On January 14, 2020, Microsoft will stop supporting Windows 7, and this could be dangerous for users who linger with the operating system.
In short, Windows 7 will still technically be usable after the end-of-support date, but it won’t be secure. Moreover, cybercriminals looking to take advantage of the absence of patches, updates in security, and monitoring from Microsoft will be looking for businesses that haven’t stepped away from Windows 7 yet.
Don’t let this be you.
Make the transition to Windows 10 now. As you can see, it offers a number of robust security features that will protect your business and prevent cybersecurity issues that would otherwise set you back.
Haven’t made the transition to Windows 10 yet and don’t know where to start?
Connect with a managed service provider in your area today if you don’t work with one already. Managed service providers or MSPs can help your business smoothly and seamlessly shift to Windows 10 from Windows 7 with a few problems and complications as possible.
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