Keep Data Safe on Windows

Data Security: Tools

 By Steve Morgan
Keep Data Safe on Windows
MS Windows 10 has enhanced its security design. It has a built-in component: Windows Security, which provides the latest antivirus protection. To ensure Windows Security works effectively, you should have to:
  • Keep your Windows updating continually;
  • Set and use Windows Security in the right ways;
  • Enhance data security by third parties' help.
1. Updating Windows
Updating is a critical job to keep your computer safe. One reason is any software has vulnerabilities that need to be fixed immediately as long as researchers get them. Otherwise, hackers or cybercriminals will have a chance to exploit them. Besides, we may see new malware or computer virus every day, so Windows Security needs to maintain its virus bank or even sharpen its recognize algorithm from time to time.

Therefore, updating Windows is the key to run a safe and healthy computer. Fortunately, updating Windows usually doesn't cost you much extra job. As long as you set a computer in the right updating mode, it will do it automatically.

You can view updating as the following picture. The updates are downloaded to help keep your devices safe and protect them from threats.

Windows 10 Update Setting
2. Built-in Security Mechanism
Windows 10 offers lots of security features. Please note that Windows 10 itself has various versions and modes; we cannot assume its security features are consistent in all scenarios. Below is one of Windows Security. Access it by selecting:

Start > Settings > Update & Security > Windows Security

Built-in Windows SecurityYou can customize how to protect your computer with these Windows Security features.
  • Virus & threat protection.
  • Account protection.
  • Firewall & network protection.
  • App & browser control.
  • Device security, performance & health.
  • Family options.
3. Windows Defender Antivirus
Windows 10 has a built-in antivirus tool. After you start Windows 10, it continually scans for malware, viruses, and security threats. Its integrated antivirus program is called Windows Defender Antivirus.

If you have a third-party antivirus app installed and turned on, Windows 10 will turn off automatically. If you uninstall the other app, Windows Defender Antivirus runs automatically.

It means that Windows 10 already includes an antivirus app on the computer. Even if you don't buy any third-party security software, your Windows 10 are still safe as long as your computer keeps updating software and Windows Defender Antivirus on.

Windows Security updates you about antivirus protection by showing:
  • When the last scan runs.
  • When the last updated-definitions that Windows Security uses is.
Windows Defender Antivirus
  • Green means the setting is sufficient to protect your device.
  • Yellow means there is a safety recommendation for you.
  • Red is a warning that something needs your action.
4. Scan manually
You can scan files, folders, or devices on demand by the built-in Windows Security component.

You can right-click it in File Explorer for a specific file or folder and then select Scan with Windows Defender.To get malware or virus on a device, you should run a quick scan, which is much faster than running a full scan on all your files and folders.

Run a quick scan in Windows Security is by:

Start > Settings > Update & Security > Windows Security > Virus & threat protection

Then, open Windows Security settings, under Current threats, select Quick scan. If you don't find any urgent issues, you may want to check your device more thoroughly.

If you want to run an advanced scan in Windows Security, under Current threats, select Scan options:
  • Full scan (on your device)
  • Custom scan (scan specific files or folders)
Besides, you can add Windows Defender to the scheduled task list; then, it can scan at a specific time. Sometimes you may need to stop running real-time protection. The main reason here is to let the computer focus on some particular tasks. While real-time protection is off, Windows Defender won't scan threats anymore. However, real-time protection will soon turn on automatically unless you arrange other security mechanisms to replace.

More details for MS Windows Security

5. 2021 Windows Security Software
MS Windows is a safe system; however, the security requirements are diverse for various scenarios. We list some popular security software providers and their products below. It may help you make the right choice for your Windows devices in case you want to enhance security protection.

ProducerNameAreaFree
McAfee, LLC.
USA
Mcafee Total ProtectionAntivirus
Password
VPN Service
Internet Security
File Security
Parental Control
Detail
Mcafee Safe Connect VPNVPN Service
Detail
Mcafee Safe FamilyParental Control
Detail
Mcafee Identity Theft ProtectionPrivacy Security
Detail
NortonLifeLock Inc.
USA
Norton 360 AntiVirusAntivirus
Data Backup
Internet Security
Password
Parental Control
VPN Service
Detail
Norton Secure VPNVPN Service
Detail
Norton Password ManagerPassword
Detail
Norton FamilyParental Control
Detail
BitDefender, LLC.
Romania
Bitdefender SecurityInternet Security
Password
VPN Service
File Security
Parental Control
Detail
Bitdefender Antivirus PlusAntivirus
Password
Privacy Security
File Security
Detail
Bitdefender Premium VPNVPN Service
Detail
ElcomSoft Co. Ltd.
Russia
Advanced Office Password RecoveryFile Security
Detail
Advanced PDF Password RecoveryFile Security
Detail
Passware Inc.
USA
Passware Kit BasicFile Security
Privacy Security
Password
Detail
Passware Encryption AnalyzerFile Security
Detail
Piriform Ltd
UK
CCleanerFile Security
Privacy Security
Detail
RecuvaFile Security
Detail
F-Secure Cyber Security Limited
UK
F-Secure SecurityInternet Security
Password
VPN Service
Parental Control
Detail
F-Secure Id ProtectionPassword
Privacy Security
Detail
Trend Micro Inc.
Japan
Trend SecurityInternet Security
Password
VPN Service
Parental Control
Detail
Trend Antivirus PlusAntivirus
Detail
Nord Inc.
Panama
NordVPNVPN Service
Password
Detail
NordPass Password ManagerPassword
Privacy Security
Detail
Webroot Inc.
USA
Webroot SecureAnywhereAntivirus
Internet Security
Password
Data Backup
Detail
Webroot WiFi SecurityVPN Service
Detail
Kaspersky Lab
Russia
Kaspersky Anti Virus & SecurityAntivirus
Internet Security
Password
Data Backup
Privacy Security
Parental Control
Detail
Kaspersky Safe KidsParental Control
Detail
TotalAV Software
UK
Total SecurityAntivirus
Internet Security
VPN Service
Detail
Avira Operations
Germany
Avira Antivirus ProAntivirus
Internet Security
VPN Service
Detail
Malwarebytes Inc.
USA
Malwarebytes SecurityAntivirus
Internet Security
VPN Service
Detail
ESET, LLC.
Slovak
ESET Smart SecurityAntivirus
Internet Security
Password
Data Backup
Parental Control
Detail
K7 Computing Pvt Ltd.
India
K7 Antivirus & SecuirtyAntivirus
Internet Security
Parental Control
Detail
Quick Heal Technologies Ltd.
India
Quick Heal Internet SecurityAntivirus
Internet Security
Data Backup
Privacy Security
Parental Control
Detail
Avast Software
Czech
Avast Antivirus & SecurityAntivirus
Internet Security
Detail
Sophos Ltd.
UK
Sophos HomeAntivirus
Internet Security
Detail
Panda Security Inc.
Spain
Panda Free AntivirusAntivirus
VPN Service
Detail
Comodo Security Solutions, Inc.
USA
Comodo AntivirusAntivirus
Data Backup
VPN Service
Detail
G DATA CyberDefense AG.
Germany
G Data AntivirusAntivirus
Detail
BullGuard Limited
UK
BullGuard AntivirusAntivirus
Detail
Emsisoft Ltd
New Zealand
Emsisoft Anti-Malware HomeAntivirus
Detail
Aura
USA
Hotspot ShieldVPN Service
Password
Privacy Security
Detail
CyberGhost
Romania
CyberGhost VPNVPN Service
Detail
Express VPN International Ltd
UK
ExpressVPNVPN Service
Detail
Surfshark Ltd.
UK
Surfshark VPNVPN Service
Detail
Dashlane Inc.
USA
Dashlane Password ManagerPassword
Privacy Security
Detail
AgileBits, Inc.
Canada
1Password Password ManagerPassword
File Security
VPN Service
Detail
Keeper Security, Inc.
USA
Keeper Password ManagerPassword
File Security
Privacy Security
Detail
LogMeIn,Inc.
USA
LastPass Password ManagerPassword
File Security
Privacy Security
Detail
Bitwarden, Inc.
USA
Bitwarden Password ManagerPassword
File Security
Detail
Siber Systems, Inc.
USA
RoboForm Password ManagerPassword
File Security
Detail
Qustodio LLC.
Spain
Qustodio Family PremiumParental Control
Detail
Cisco Systems
USA
OPENDNS Home/ProsumerParental Control
Detail
Content Watch Holdings, Inc.
USA
Net Nanny Family PassParental Control
Detail
Mobicip LLC.
USA
Mobicip FamilyParental Control
Detail
Google LLC
USA
Google DriveData Backup
Detail
Microsoft Corporation
USA
Microsoft OneDriveData Backup
Detail
Apple Inc.
USA
Apple iCloud DriveData Backup
Detail
AOMEI International Network Limited
China
AOMEI BackupperData Backup
Detail
IDrive Inc.
USA
iDriveData Backup
Detail
Dropbox, Inc.
USA
Dropbox IndividualData Backup
Detail
Acronis International GmbH
Singapore Switzerland
Acronis True ImageData Backup
Detail
CHENGDU Yiwo® Tech Development Co., Ltd.
China
EaseUS Todo BackupData Backup
Detail
Paragon Technologie GmbH.
Germany
PARAGON Backup & RecoveryData Backup
Detail
Western Digital Corporation
USA
My Cloud HomeData Backup
Detail
Stellar Information Technology Pvt. Ltd
India
STELLAR DATA RECOVERY for WindowsFile Security
Detail
iSunshare Studio
China
iSunshare Windows Password GeniusFile Security
Detail


6. Free Windows Security Software
Information security shouldn't rely on free stuff, either services or tools. It's a severe area for a person, family, and any organization. In general, we don't recommend to use free software to protect your valuable data or privacy. However, if you aren't familiar with Windows security software, some good free products may be your first option to evaluate how these tools work for you.

Here we list some popular ones to help you to understand mainstream Windows security software.

6.1 Free Anti-virus for Windows
Bitdefender Antivirus Plus
(1)
DEVICE:
 Windows
Detail Info
FeatureFree1 Device3 DevicesDeviceNote
AntivirusWindows
Realtime anti-phishingWindows
Ransomware shieldWindows
Secure VPNWindows200 MB/day/device
Monitor social mediaWindows
Wi-Fi VPNWindows
File ShredderWindows
Password managerWindows
Trend Antivirus Plus
(2)
DEVICE:
 Windows
Detail Info
FeatureFreeYearlyDevice
AntivirusWindows
Ransomware shieldWindows
Scan emailWindows
Safeguard paymentWindows
Sophos Home
(3)
DEVICE:
 WindowsMaciOSAndroid
Detail Info
FeatureFreePremiumDevice
AntivirusFull list
Safe webFull list
Web ProtectionFull list
Remote ControlFull list
Anti identity theftFull list
Realtime anti-phishingFull list


6.2 Free VPN for Windows
Mcafee Safe Connect VPN
(1)
DEVICE:
 WindowsMaciOSAndroid
Detail Info
FeatureFreeMonthlyYearlyDeviceNote
Secure VPNFull list250M per month
Secure VPNFull list5 licenses
Unlimited dataFull list
Hotspot Shield
(2)
DEVICE:
 WindowsMaciOSAndroidChromeBookLinux
Detail Info
FeatureFreePremiumPremium FamilyDeviceNote
Secure VPNWindows Mac iOS Android ChromeUp to 2 Mbps,500 MB daily
Secure VPNFull listup to 1 Gbps,unlimited traffic
Streaming accessFull list
Virtual locationsFull list
Realtime anti-phishingFull list
Password managerFull listby 1Password
Monitor privacy breachFull list
Panda Free Antivirus
(3)
DEVICE:
 WindowsAndroid
Detail Info
FeatureFreeDeviceNote
AntivirusWindows Android
Secure VPNWindows Androidlimited 150MB/day
USB protectionWindows
Panda rescue kitWindows
Game modeWindows
LocationAndroid


6.3 Free Parental Control for Windows
Norton Family
(1)
DEVICE:
 WindowsiOSAndroid
Detail Info
FeatureFreeYearlyDevice
Safe web browsingFull list
Limit device timeFull list
Monitor user activityFull list
Search supervisionFull list
Video SupervisionFull list
Mobile App SupervisionAndroid
Location SupervisionAndroid
Remote ControliOS Android
Mcafee Safe Family
(2)
DEVICE:
 WindowsiOSAndroid
Detail Info
FeatureFreeMonthlyYearlyDevice
Safe web browsingFull list
Monitor user activityFull list
Limit device timeFull list
Kaspersky Safe Kids
(3)
DEVICE:
 WindowsMaciOSAndroid
Detail Info
FeatureFreePremiumDevice
Safe web browsingFull list
Content filterFull list
YouTube monitorFull list
Mobile App SupervisionFull list
Limit device timeFull list
Family LocatoriOS Android
Social network monitorFull list