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Does Windows PC or laptop need antivirus?

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Doesn’t Windows 10 have its own security software built in?

Yes of course. Windows has had protection against viruses and malware for the past few years, since security became a fundamental element in the field of cybersecurity to guarantee secure connections to the Internet.

So much so, that the latest version released by Microsoft of Windows 10 is the one with the most robust solution that has ever existed in versions of Windows, which makes many people choose to stay with Windows Defender as their main security software. .

It is almost as good as the free antivirus offers from companies like AVG, Avast or Bitdefender and combined with certain precautions in the field of use, we can honestly guarantee certain levels of security.

Microsoft’s offering has the advantage of being integrated into the operating system, so it theoretically has a low impact on system resources. As a result, you shouldn’t see a significant impact on your computer’s performance when running in the background.

Nor will you see the need to install or configure it, not even the fact of updating it, since everything will be carried out automatically with updates from the operating system itself, a real advantage for the user.

Pay attention to everything you do

A large percentage of people who compromise their security handling devices is given by clicking on links in fraudulent emails with which malware is downloaded.

By clicking on fake website versions that then ask you to log in, they proceed in such a way that without your knowing, they are stealing your account details.

A good habit is to always navigate by manually entering the address and not through links. If you receive an email saying that the password needs to be changed or add more personal information, be suspicious and don’t click.

Instead, go to your browser and type in the address by hand. If the sale is real, then you can locate it naturally.

In general, be very careful with the links of emails or social network messages, as they can be just as dangerous. Basically treat each link or download as suspicious to avoid a lot of trouble.

Is it enough to use Windows Defender?

Windows Defender is a well-endowed tool, which is regularly updated, and in tests conducted by prestigious laboratories such as AV-Test, it received scores of 100% when it comes to detecting viruses.

However, it is not simply about the scores. Defender currently has features such as ‘Exploit Guard’ that helps protect your files against ransomware in case you have updated Windows 10 to the latest edition.

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But if you take a look at the rest of the paid antivirus software available on the market, you will see that the concept of security has evolved in such a way that it is necessary to have new, more advanced features.

In fact, the vast majority of these antivirus programs use artificial intelligence technology to offer better detection against threats, in addition to guaranteeing your security on any of the devices that you can use throughout the day. 

They also offer great extras such as password managers, email security plugins, web browsing, as well as detection of malware and suspicious attachments that seek to infiltrate our computers. Parental Control is another great extra to supervise the equipment of your children and minors.

Make backups constantly

The last essential part of protecting yourself and no less important than the previous ones is to make regular offline backups. To do this, you can use both local storage devices and cloud storage solutions.

There are many options, but since ransomware is a huge threat that directly impacts every computer, we strongly recommend creating your own local backups without any internet connection.

Do not use the administrator account

In Windows, you should endorse the recommendation not to regularly work with an account with administrator privileges. This simple modification can eradicate many of the existing threats since malware , spyware and other threats cannot be installed on the PC.

To do this, you will need to create a new administrator account to go back to the original and change the existing account to a standard account. You can do it through ‘Settings> Accounts> Family and other people’, to add more family members.

Set it as administrator and then log out of your existing account. Log in as the new one, click on the normal account and when the ‘Change account type’ option appears, click on it. Here you can set whether you want a standard or administrator account. 

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With these simple adjustments carried out, you will have managed to increase the protection of your PC or laptop against accidental downloads that may contain malware.

Use a dedicated browser for Flash or Java

Another common weak point in Windows comes from installing third-party software. Everyone knows that Flash and Java are the route that many malware take advantage of to access your system, so you should limit their use.

In some cases it is somewhat difficult since it is very likely that you browse web pages such as banks or online stores where you cannot completely disable the programs if you want to be able to interact.

Here our advice is to try to download another additional browser (Chrome, Firefox, Opera or another), and have Java and Flash enabled in that one. When you need to use the website that requires them, open that browser, but the rest of the time you spend online do it with another browser in safe mode.

Doesn’t Windows 10 have its own security software built in?

Yes of course. Windows has had protection against viruses and malware for the past few years, since security became a fundamental element in the field of cybersecurity to guarantee secure connections to the Internet.

So much so, that the latest version released by Microsoft of Windows 10 is the one with the most robust solution that has ever existed in versions of Windows, which makes many people choose to stay with Windows Defender as their main security software. .

It is almost as good as the free antivirus offers from companies like AVG, Avast or Bitdefender and combined with certain precautions in the field of use, we can honestly guarantee certain levels of security.

Microsoft’s offering has the advantage of being integrated into the operating system, so it theoretically has a low impact on system resources. As a result, you shouldn’t see a significant impact on your computer’s performance when running in the background.

Nor will you see the need to install or configure it, not even the fact of updating it, since everything will be carried out automatically with updates from the operating system itself, a real advantage for the user.

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