If you have just installed Windows from scratch on your computer, now it is best to carry out a series of tasks to protect your PC against threats. We explain everything you have to do step by step.
Keep Windows 10 updated
Security updates include patches for new threats that will keep your computer safe, so it’s important that you install them.
To check for new updates, go to the configuration screen by clicking the Start button and selecting the gear icon, select the Update and security option and then click on Windows Update in the left column. In the upper part of the window, you can see if there are updates available to install them.
Create a restore point
Once you have installed security updates for the operating system, the next step is to create a Windows restore point. To do this, go to the Control Panel> System, select System Protection in the menu on the left and then click on the Create button. Next, give it a descriptive name to identify the restore point (for example Clean installation ) and click on the Create button again.
Then the process of creating the restoration point will begin. Wait until it finishes and then start installing programs and drivers. In case one of them gives you problems, you can always go back to the restoration point you created.
Install an antivirus
Protect your computer with an antivirus is the next step you have to take after having carried out an installation from scratch of Windows 10.
However, Windows 10 offers you protection software for the operating system. Microsoft highlights the good results obtained by its antivirus in the study of the AV-Test research firm and ensures that it can even surpass third-party solutions in almost all areas.
To activate it, navigate through Settings> Update and security> Windows Defender and click on the Activate Windows Defender Antivirus button.
Make a backup of the system
Once you have installed all the programs and drivers on your PC and have uploaded your files, documents and data, it is recommended that you make a backup copy and that you do them periodically. In this way, if for any reason your computer stops working or is affected by malware, you can always recover your data.
To backup in Windows 10, navigate to Settings> Backup, click Add a drive, select an external hard drive or network drive and follow the instructions of the backup wizard. You can also use cloud services such as Google Drive with Google Backup and Sync.
Use a standard user account
If you do not have advanced computer knowledge, it is best to use a standard user account for day-to-day use. This type of user account has limited rights and privileges, so you will not be able to change the configuration by mistake, and also if a malware infects you, the damages you can do in the system are much less. You can use the administrator account whenever you need to install programs or make any changes, and the standard account to work on a day-to-day basis.
To create a standard user account, navigate through Settings> Accounts, select Family and other people and then click Add another person to this team in the Other people section and enter another email address different from the one you have linked to the account of an administrator. By default, this account is standard.
Secure your browser
The next step you have to take is to secure your browser. To do this, check that you have the latest version of the program installed and keep it updated. Also, whenever you are going to access a website of dubious trust, use a private browsing session and make sure that it blocks pop-ups.
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