Encrypting folders windows 10
Most modern business-class PCs that were designed for Windows 10 support BitLocker Drive Encryption. With BitLocker encryption turned on for the system drive, an attacker who steals your device but doesn't have your sign-in credentials is completely locked out of your data.The requirements for BitLocker Drive Encryption are fairly simple. Your hardware must include a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) chip, version 1.2 or later, and you must be running a business edition of Windows 10: Pro, Enterprise, or Education. (It's possible to enable BitLocker without a TPM, using a USB flash drive to store the encryption key, but I don't recommend it.)To see whether your PC has a TPM chip (and, if so, which version), follow these steps:Right-click Start and then click Device Manager on the Quick Link menu.In Device Manager, look for the heading Security Devices. If it doesn't exist, your system isn't equipped with a TPM.If the Security Devices heading exists, expand it to show Trusted Platform … [Read more...] about Windows 10 tip: Use BitLocker to encrypt your system drive
The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is rolling out now with a security feature that can prevent ransomware from encrypting your files. With Microsoft making headway on the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update rollout, the new anti-ransomware feature, called Controlled folder access, is now becoming widely available. Windows 10 Windows 10 after three years: A greatly improved report card Windows 10 tip: Use Nearby Sharing to transfer files, photos, and more Microsoft's latest Windows 10 'Redstone 5' test build adds lots of new Notepad features Why did Microsoft build the Surface Go? It works by only allowing whitelisted apps to access files in the Controlled folder list. Users can add new folders to the protected zone and adjust which apps are authorized to access files in it. Microsoft has been testing the feature with Windows Insiders since July but now it's making its way to the general public. Consumers can enable the feature through the Windows Defender Security Center app by … [Read more...] about Windows 10 security: Here’s how to shield your files from ransomware, says Microsoft
With the Windows 10 Creators Update this spring, the venerable Windows Defender got a new name—Microsoft Windows Defender Security Center—and a leap in functionality. In addition to antivirus, it manages Windows Firewall, SmartScreen Filter, and Microsoft's parental control system, and also helps with PC health and performance issues. By comparison, there's little visible change to Defender with this week's Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, and certainly not enough to make you give up your third-party antivirus, as I'll explain. Ransomware Protection That's not to say the upgrades this time around aren't beneficial. Ransomware is a huge worry these days, and Microsoft has put a simple kind of ransomware protection right into Windows Defender. It's not turned on by default, however, and it's hard to find. Dig into the antivirus settings, find the setting called Controlled Folder access, and turn it on. Once activated, this feature prevents unauthorized programs from making … [Read more...] about Does Windows 10’s Security Boost Make Antivirus Obsolete?
When you use a virtual private network, or VPN, you can rest assured that spies and advertisers aren't sniffing around your traffic, and it won't be intercepted by ne'er-do-wells, even if they're on the same network as you. While VPN companies provide apps to make setting up their products a breeze, that's not the only approach you can take. In fact, you can manually configure Windows 10 to use a VPN, as we'll explain—although you'll still need a subscription to a VPN service. What Is a VPN? In the beginning, the web was created. And it was pretty good, albeit lacking in critical privacy and security controls. Unfortunately, not much has changed since the words fiat web were spoken; even though the more secure HTTPS is successfully becoming the standard for web browsing, it doesn't protect everything and won't guard against threats lurking on your network. That's why you need a virtual private network, or VPN. When you switch it on, a VPN creates an encrypted tunnel between your … [Read more...] about How to Set Up a VPN in Windows 10