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The most effective ways to secure your Windows PC

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Written by charon
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Available since October 5, 2021, Windows 11 offers an attractive interface while providing an already compelling set of tools. However, every new operating system has some areas for improvement when it comes to cybersecurity... and Windows 11 is no exception. What are the most effective ways to secure your PC? Is it really wise to use a VPN in France? Let's take stock of these relevant questions.

Windows 10/11: examples in terms of cybersecurity?

Compared since ever with the different MacOS, Microsoft's operating systems have often animated debates about cybersecurity. If the first viruses that were widely distributed on the Web were indeed designed in executable format (.exe), Web security is no longer a topic exclusive to PC owners. However, the facts are indisputable: Windows 10 cannot stand up to Apple's software in the field of cybersecurity.

Does this mean that Microsoft is a bad student? Absolutely not. Moreover, the company founded by Bill Gates takes great care in the permanent research of possible flaws (this article published on Lefigaro.fr summarizes, for example, an official announcement concerning a highlighted flaw).

Unfortunately, cybercrime continues to grow every year. As a user, it is therefore essential to apply effective methods to secure your PC. What recommendations should you follow and what about VPN in France?

How to secure your PC?

Secure your router

First of all, take care to secure your Internet box (or router). Indeed, this equipment will be the first "entry point" for hackers, whether you have a PC, Mac or smartphone, for example.

Setting a strong and complex password or changing your SSID will be relevant steps for the security of your network.

Accepting every Windows Update

Let's now take a look at the numerous updates deployed by Microsoft. These will always be offered via Windows Update.

The new versions offered by Windows Update will refer to:

  • Security updates.
  • Functionality updates (addition of options/tools).

Very often, the available updates will allow to correct flaws. Refusing a new version suggested by Windows Update can expose you to major risks.

To access Windows Update, you just have to select "PC Settings", then "Windows Update". You can also click on the toolbar at the bottom right of your PC; the availability of a possible update will be indicated.

Set a restore point

Restoring your computer allows you to "repair" your equipment following a bad manipulation or the deletion/installation of a software capable of affecting the performance of your PC. Nevertheless, to secure your equipment and take advantage of this tool, it is essential to create a restore point yourself. This will be considered as a "starting point" during a possible reset of your system.

Once again, the options for restoring the system are available via the PC settings. Note, however, that creating a restore point will require a sometimes non-negligible amount of space on your hard disk.

Installing an antivirus

The firewall integrated into Windows is an effective tool for filtering malicious intrusion attempts. Nevertheless, this firewall must be used in addition to an antivirus (or antimalware) to guarantee a meticulous filtering of the data voluntarily received online.

Paid antivirus and antimalware products are more effective than free solutions. You are free to choose your application according to your budget and preferences.

Use a VPN

The use of a French VPN (or via a network located in another country) is an ideal solution to optimize your cybersecurity under Windows. Indeed, these tools are able to hide your IP address, modify your geolocation and encrypt your data on the Web. In other words, a VPN is a formidable "Swiss Army knife" for dealing with growing cybercrime.

Adopt a "good behavior" on the Internet

Good Internet behavior means following some crucial rules to limit the risks of hacking. Here are some of them:

  • Beware of dubious e-mails containing attachments.
  • Only browse through recognized sites.
  • Do not provide any personal information if the URL you visit does not contain HTTPS.
  • Avoid P2P data transfers.
  • Use complex and unique passwords for each of your online accounts... And change them regularly!