Windows security is usually included in every device that runs Microsoft’s operating system. It protects your data and devices from malware and hacker attacks by employing different methods. This includes basic antivirus protection, a firewall and other tools that help prevent data loss. Windows Security or the small shield icon on the taskbar’s notification area allows you to access and manage the settings.

Microsoft Defender Antivirus is bundled with Windows. In the beginning versions of the software, it was referred to as Windows Defender Security Center. It provides basic chip-to-cloud protection and is free. It can also be used in conjunction with other security solutions and is able to identify threats that others miss.

One of the most important features is reputation-based security, which uses an online database to analyze applications and websites for reputation scores. If a site or program is not rated well, it is blocked from running on the device. It was able to block malware and phishing sites in our tests. However it didn’t block nearly as many as other third-party competitors.

Other features include firewalls and network protection, which analyzes your network and the apps you use to determine if they’re safe. Device security is another feature that enables advanced hardware features like core isolation. This feature can be used to protect your device from certain types of attacks. However, you will need to use a computer that is compatible to benefit from.