Every web service that cares about user security loves multi-factor authentication. Also known as two-factor authentication, it requires users to verify their identity through two independent pieces of information: something you know and something you have. When authenticating, users are using traditional security tools like passwords or PIN codes, but they also have to confirm their identity by tapping on a push notification or by entering a one-time code received via SMS or displayed by an authentication app on their smartphones.
One of the less visible features of Windows 10 is that Windows Defender offers improved security using cloud-based antivirus protection. When enabled, Windows Defender sends information to Microsoft about any problems it finds. This information is then used to gather more information about the problems affecting you and other users of Windows 10. With your help, Microsoft can develop new anti-malware signatures and fixes that can help deal with malware more effectively.
There are times when your computers and devices may be infected by malware that is difficult to remove with traditional antivirus. On other occasions, the malware blocks the installation of any antivirus, and you cannot remove it manually. In such delicate situations, you need to boot an antivirus in a safe recovery environment, so that it can run before the operating system is loaded. This is the only way to disinfect that kind of malware. For such situations, Microsoft has created Windows Defender Offline - a free tool that does a good job.
We recommend that you install a security suite on your Windows 10 computer, that provides more features and better protection than the built-in Windows Defender Antivirus does. We appreciate products like Bitdefender, ESET, F-Secure, and so on. When you install a security suite, Windows Defender Antivirus gets disabled because it is not a good idea to simultaneously run two antivirus products that offer real-time protection. It is a recipe for failure, conflicts and performance issues.
SmartScreen Filter, Windows SmartScreen or the Windows Defender SmartScreen are the same protection feature, with different names, depending on the Windows version that you are using. While it helps protect your computer from malicious files, apps, and websites, some users consider it annoying and want to disable it. If you want to turn off the SmartScreen Filter, here is how it's done:
For any company, security is crucial. Employees and the way they communicate represent one of the most significant security holes. Email messages, files sent through the network, on USB memory sticks or portable hard drives, these are all things that can be intercepted relatively easily. That is why one of the most critical aspects for the security of a company or institution is how the data is encrypted and how the access to information is controlled. We would like to take a look at one of the best encryption solutions, that can be used locally but also managed remotely.
Windows 10 Home users cannot block Windows updates. They are automatically downloaded and installed. In theory, this is OK. However, some updates can be faulty, and cause system stability issues or crashes. Fortunately, Microsoft has released a tool that anyone can use to block some updates from being installed. It is named "Show or Hide Updates" and you can use it to block or unblock Windows 10 updates for drivers, and Microsoft software. If you want to find out where to get this tool and how to use it to block unwanted updates for Windows 10, read this tutorial:
Two-step verification or two-step authentication is a second layer of security that you can add to your online accounts, to stop hackers from breaking in, even if they know your password. Not all companies offer this security feature but, fortunately, Apple is one of them. If you have an Apple ID, you can use your iPhone, iPad or Mac to enable two-factor authentication for your Apple ID and be safer. If you want to learn how to do it, read this guide:
In all Windows versions, there is a database called the Windows Registry, in which the operating system stores its configuration information. The Windows Registry is made of keys and values that allow Windows to know what settings to use for its tools, features, hardware devices and even some third-party apps. The Windows Registry can be useful and help you in many situations, but before being able to work with it, you must first know how to open it. In this tutorial, we show you seven different ways to launch the Registry Editor, in Windows 10, Windows 7, and Windows 8.1. Let's start:
LastPass helps your security by making all of your passwords different. Keeping up with that data might become essential to your ability to quickly login to many of your accounts. Ideally, you would have all your passwords stored in LastPass. However, there may be situations in which you also have some of your passwords stored in a CSV file. If you find yourself in such a situation, you might want to import those passwords to LastPass.