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Microsoft Boosts Safety with Windows Defender Security Center

The latest update to Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system features a number of changes to its built-in security protection. Rolling out in phases since April 11, the Creators Update adds a new dashboard display for Windows Defender, introduces dynamic locking capabilities and also offers new privacy controls.

However, Microsoft is also cautioning users who have not yet received the update automatically to avoid downloading the new OS manually. That’s because the company continues to work on hammering out problems the Creators Update can create on some devices.


New Dashboard Display for Security Options

One of the new safety features arriving with the Creators Update is the Windows Defender Security Center.

“The Windows Defender Security Center offers a single dashboard display so you can control your security options from one place — everything from anti-virus, network, and firewall protection; to assessing your device performance and health; to security controls for your apps and browser; to family safety options,” Windows Blog editor-in-chief Mollie Ruiz-Hopper noted last month in an overview about the Creators Update.

Enterprise users with the Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection service also have new capabilities for tracking security threats via the Windows Security Center, Ruiz-Hopper said. The security portal now uses the Microsoft Intelligent Security Graph to link to Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection, enabling IT administrators to “easily follow an attack across endpoints and email in a seamless and integrated way.”

Users of Windows Hello, Microsoft’s biometric security system, can also use a paired device to automatically lock PCs or tablets when they walk away. The dynamic lock feature works with paired smartphones, fitness wearables and other devices.


Update Caution for Older Devices

Microsoft is rolling out the Creators Update in phases, starting with newer devices first, to avoid potential problems the new operating system could cause for older machines, according…

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