Windows 10 Tips

How to change security settings in windows 10

Microsoft allows you to customize your security settings through the privacy section and under your update & security section inside your settings. Things such as permissions to other websites, location settings, and the ability for apps to access your computer’s applications are managed from the Privacy section of your settings. However, other applications such as Windows Defender, your backups, and recovery can be accessed through update and security.

Camera permissions

In order to make sure other apps don’t access your camera you follow these simple steps.

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Go to Privacy
  3. Click on Camera
  4. Toggle it Off/On

Once this is done, no other app can access your computer’s camera. The same can be done for other permissions, such as other apps using your microphone, location, account info, contacts, calendar and many other things. To change these permissions to On or Off, follow the steps above except once in Privacy you can choose from the menu what you want to change.

Reviewing your Security Settings

You can check your security settings to view what is working on your computer and what is not. Such as if you had a Virus protection and you weren’t sure if it was on you can check that in a few simple steps.

  1. Go into Settings
  2. Search up in the right hand corner of the screen, ‘Security and Maintenance
  3. Once you have clicked on Security and Maintenance, you will be taken to a screen which shows Security with an arrow and Maintenance with an arrow. Click on security.

Capture4. From there it will show you what Security Settings are on such as your Firewall, virus protection, and any others you may have for your computer security.

5. You can change your preferences with UAC (User Account Control) and Windows SmartScreen.

UAC (User Account Control) notifies you when apps try to make changes to your computer. You can allow yourself to be notified immediately, sometimes, or not at all.

Windows SmartScreen protects your computer from unrecognized files and applications that you might download from the internet. You can change your settings to allow you to authorize the download only, to warn you but still download or to just download without warning.

Turning Security Messages On or Off

Security messages are there to alert you if something is potentially going to harm your computer. For example, if you download a virus onto your computer you will probably get a pop-up saying something along the lines of ‘This application is potentially malicious software, do you wish to continue?’ and that helps out a lot. Some of them are quite annoying so if you would like to change the category of messages you get about your security then read on to the steps below to change them.

  1. Go into Settings
  2. Search up in the right hand corner of the screen, ‘Security and Maintenance
  3. Once you have clicked on Security and Maintenance, you will be taken to a screen which displays Security and Maintenance. (Shown Above)
  4. On the left hand side, you will see 4 options.
    1. Change Security and Maintenance settings
    2. Change User Account Control Settings
    3. Change Windows SmartScreen Settings
    4. View Archived messages
  5. Choose ‘Change Security and Maintenance settings’ you will be taken to a menu showing what Security messages you receive, under it are the maintenance messages you receive. From there you can change what you want to see and what you don’t want to see.

I hope this was a very informative article on how to change your security settings using windows 10!

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