Windows 10, Microsoft’s newest Operating System comes with some security features that can help you protect from threats to your information.

Cybersecurity requires a layered approach in order to address the creative ways cybercriminals try to steal your valuable data. You need to develop a plan that works for your business and, if you are like most people, reach out for help putting in together and then making sure it is managed effectively.

At the core of your plan should be implementing tools that complement features that come with your Operating System.

We recommend having these at a minimum:

1) Anti-virus end-point protection up to date and with regular monitoring for updates and performance.

2) Patch management to make sure your Apple or Windows system has the critical patches to prevent data breaches.

3) Malware protection to complement the anti-virus suite.

4) Security Awareness training to make sure your staff knows what to look for and how to protect your computer systems from common threats.

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You can then use these built-in tools to enhance the security of your computer systems:


Windows Defender Application Guard

protects your system from targeted attacks launched against Microsoft Edge using virtualization technology. You can block sites you do not trust and whitelist sites you do.

Windows Defender Smart Screen

is a  feature that checks sites for reports of phishing or malware. It blocks the site from downloading content to your system.

User Account Control

is essential to prevent viruses from installing their payload. Use this feature to lower the permissions of the user and use administrator rights to run updates and install applications.

Windows Defender Exploit Guard

uses intrusion detection to reduce the attack surface with exploit mitigation, network protection, script protection against malware, and controlled folder access. This feature helps protect from tasks your users do on your network.

Windows Defender Device Guard

on Windows 10 Enterprise enables you to designate trusted apps, unless blocked by an antivirus or other security solution and has a mode where the operating system trusts only apps authorized by your enterprise.

Microsoft BitLocker

provides full drive encryption and is managed within Windows 10 Professional and Enterprise. Encryption renders data unusable without the proper password.

Windows Defender Credential Guard

uses virtualization-based security to protect password hashes so that only authorized system software can access them.  This means that malware that is running in the operating system with administrator rights cannot access secrets that are protected by virtualization-based security.

Many of these features are limited to Windows 10 Enterprise, but your SMB can benefit from a comprehensive cybersecurity plan to help offset the ever-evolving threats. Read More

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Luis Delgado

Luis Delgado


Luis Delgado is a father, husband, community resource, speaker, and entrepreneur who founded The Critical Update, inc (TCUINC) in 2003. TCUINC is a business and technology consulting firm that has evolved from basic computer support to affordable technology consulting, network management, outsourced IT and cybersecurity. Our clients are from every industry in Central Texas - for profit and not for profit.

Luis is focused on helping business owners create more jobs for Texas families by addressing compliance and productivity needs.