Security in Windows® 7
What are the security features in Windows 7? How can Windows update help the system to keep abreast of the latest security updates?
Windows 7, the newest operating system from Microsoft, simplifies computer security. Windows 7 also features an improved backup solution to assist you in keeping the information safe, and its improved parental controls help you protect your family. The new Windows 7 Action Center in the Control Panel helps you make sure that your firewall is on and antivirus software is up to date and your computer by default updates automatically. BitLocker Drive Encryption encrypts your Windows hard disk to help keep the documents, passwords and the other important data safe. Backup and Restore creates copies of your most significant files, so you are always prepared for the worst. Windows 7 makes it easier and less disturbing to run your computer as a standard user instead of as an administrator. Windows Vista introduced the User Account Control, a feature that warns you when a program tries to make a change on your computer.
The following are the role of Windows update in keeping the system updated with the latest security updates:
- BitLocker drive encryption
- Backup and restore
- Windows update
BitLocker Drive Encryption
BitLocker Drive Encryption is a security feature that provides better data protection for your computer by encrypting all data stored on the Windows operating system volume. Both business and personal users could turn on BitLocker Drive Encryption to help protect the sensitive data on their PCs. Windows Security makes your PC secure by alerting you when your security software is out of date or when your security settings should be strengthened. The Security displays your firewall settings and tells you whether your PC is set up to receive automatic software updates from Microsoft.
Backup and restore
The file backup and restore features in Windows 7 help you keep your data safe from user error the hardware failure and other problems. Windows Backup and Restore Center gives you one place to manage the entire backup and restore features. Depending on the version of Windows Vista you have, there are two approaches you could take to back up files- Automatic Backup that backs up just your files and data or Complete PC Backup that backs up everything on your PC including the operating system and applications.
Windows update keeps your computer current and secure by automatically downloading and installing the latest security and feature updates from Microsoft. Windows Update determines which updates are applicable to your computer and could downloads and installs them automatically to keep your computer up to date and more secure. To make sure your computer stays up to date, you should set up your system to install updates automatically. This helps ensure that both important and the recommended updates are downloaded and installed in Windows Vista.
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