Microsoft will be releasing its third major update to Windows 10 come April 2017. The update will be referred to as the Creators Update. With this update expect to see some changes in the Windows Defender Security Centre.
“In the Windows 10 Creators Update, we will introduce a new experience called the Windows Defender Security Centre to make it easier for you to view to control the security protections you choose and better understand the security features already protecting you on your Windows 10 device.”
-via Microsoft Blog
The firm intends to give you control and visibility of your device security, health and online safety experience. The release of this new Windows Defender Security Centre is in line with Microsoft’s vision of ensuring that Windows 10 is the most secure version of Windows ever.
It is important to note that Windows Defender Antivirus comes free with Windows 10. Apparently, if your subscription or paid antivirus software should expire, Windows Defender Antivirus will kick in to provide protection by default until you take further action.
The new Windows Defender Security Centre includes what Microsoft terms as “five pillars” of focus namely:
- Virus and Threat Protection
Your scan results and threat history will be displayed here if you have chosen Windows Defender Antivirus as your default antivirus. Alternatively, you will be able to launch your 3rd party Antivirus protection app directly from this screen.
- Device Performance and Health
This provides a single view of your latest Windows updates, drivers, battery life and storage capacity. Additionally, you have the option to start fresh with a clean install of Windows using the Refresh Windows feature.
- Firewall and Network Protection
Here you will find information on the network connections and active Windows Firewall settings, as well as links to network troubleshooting information.
- App and Browser Control
This allows you to adjust settings for SmartScreen for apps and browsers to receive warnings of potential malicious sites, downloads and unrecognized apps and files from the Internet.
- Family Options
This page can link you to information about parental controls, options for setting up activity reports of your kids’ online activity and managing controls for purchasing apps and games.