Windows 10 is loaded with features that are designed to keep your computer secure and your data safe. The trouble is that there are so many that it can be tricky to keep tabs on all of them, especially if you don’t know where to look.
Some were moved into the new, Modern settings app, while others are still buried in the legacy Control Panel — but they won’t be for much longer.
Microsoft is going to make Windows 10 security settings much easier to manage. The Windows 10 Creators Update is due to arrive in April, and when you get it, you’ll have access to a brand new dashboard that puts everything in one location.
It’s called the Windows Defender Security Center. Security Center has, of course, been part of Windows since the days of XP, but this new incarnation is about way more than just letting you silence annoying pop-up messages (which, to be fair, is an oversimplification since the old SC did do more than that). The new Security Center will feature what Microsoft calls the “five pillars” of Windows 10 security and device health. Those are virus and threat protection, device performance and health, firewall and network protection, app and browser control, and family options.
From this single screen, you’ll be able to access everything from battery usage stats to scheduled malware scans to time and purchase restrictions for your kids. The goal, Microsoft says, “is to help you become more informed and make safety simple.”
Keeping things simple is critical. The average user is far less likely to take any interest in the security of his or her own computer if they catch even a whiff of complexity.