How to Secure Your PC Data from Thefts

Windows offers tons of useful features to keep your system safe against a lot of issues. These built-in features not only keep your security & privacy intact, but it also helps you improve your system performance. Using these built-in features, you avoid a lot of troubles caused due to cybercriminals and curious onlookers. In addition to these built-in features, you can also try using third-party security software for instant & effective results. In this article, we have discussed a few important tips to keep your system secure from thefts.

Add a VPN Connection: Virtual Private Network or VPN provides the easiest solution to secure your personal information. It masks your network and makes it hard for someone to track your activities online. You can add a VPN on your Windows 10 system to avoid unnecessary tracking when you are online. To add a VPN connection on your Windows 10 system, follow these steps.

# Go to Start menu and right-click on it to choose Settings.
# On the Settings page, choose Network & Internet.
# On the next page, select a VPN from the left pane.
# Tap on “+ Add a VPN connection” option from the right panel.

# Now a form will open. Fill this form and save it to connect new VPN connection.

Create Secondary Account: Using primary Microsoft Account with administrator privileges may cause unnecessary trouble when your system is hacked or facing another problem. In case, criminals manage to access your system password then they can tweak important settings on your system as they have access to administrator privileges using primary account. Thus, you should always use secondary account to with all necessary permissions for day-to-day activities. To add an account on your system, follow these steps.

1. Go to Start menu > Settings > Accounts.
2. On Accounts window, select Email & Accounts from left-panel.
3. In the right-panel, click on “Add an Account” option to add new account.

Manage App Permissions: When you install any app on your system, it asks for certain permissions for smooth functioning. While most of these permissions remain critical for app’s functioning, still you can manage or disable any of these permissions for any app by making a small tweak in settings. To manage app permissions on Windows 10, follow these steps.

# Go to Start menu > Settings > Privacy.
# On Privacy window, you will find various App Permissions in left-panel. You can select any of these app permissions from left-panel and make necessary changes (including disabling app permission for specific app) in right-panel.

Enable Firewall: Firewall is useful built-in utility on your Windows system that keeps you safe from malicious content coming through Internet when you are online. Firewall with built-in Windows Defender software provides you complete security. It creates an effective security wall between your PC and Internet where it blocks all malicious content coming through Internet. Thus, it keeps you safe from unnecessary trouble. While firewall come as a useful security utility on all Windows versions, it not necessarily comes enabled. To enable firewall on your Windows 10 PC, follow these steps.
1. Go to Strat > Settings > Update & Security.
2. Select Windows Security from left panel.
3. Select Firewall & Network Protection from right-panel.
4. It will open a new window. Here, enable firewall for domain network, private network, and public network separately.

Scan System Storage: In addition to other mentioned features, you should also scan your system on regular intervals using built-in Windows Defender software to track and remove all malicious content. This useful feature helps you find & remove all malicious content lying on your system. You can also use this tool to schedule scan process to save your time & efforts. This simple step helps you keep your system secure and helps you remove unnecessary content to speed up your PC performance. To scan system storage using built-in utility, follow these steps.

# Go to Start menu > Settings > Update & Security.
# Select Windows Security from left panel.
# In the right panel select “Virus & Threat Protection” option.
# It will open a new window. On this window, click on Scan Options in the right panel under Current Threats.
# Here, you can select from quick scan, full scan, custom scan, or Windows Defender offline scan option as per your needs.


Following above mentioned steps, you can easily manage to keep your system secure against various threats online. If you have tried any of these steps before, or you know more such ways to protect your Windows 10 PC, then feel free to comment below.

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Shreya is a security expert, she gives advice to secure your personal information on her blog.

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