Easy Way to Check Computer Security Status in Microsoft Windows
This article explains an easy way to check computer security status in Microsoft Windows OS (Windows Vista, 7, 8, etc) in order to secure and protect your computer efficiently.
As you know a computer that is not configured and secured properly is easier to be hacked or infected with virus, worm or other malware, so you should not neglect this part.
Let me show you how to do it in Windows 7 by making use of Action Center:
1) As usual, go to Start and click Control Panel.
2) Proceed to click Review your computer’s status in Control Panel window.
3) Immediately Action Center will appear and show you the computer status by displaying them in Security and Maintenance sections. Red item means important and you should address them immediately to protect your computer or improve computer operation, whereas yellow item is suggested task that you should consider to apply.
As an example shown here, I got 2 yellow items here, which are related how I configured windows Update and also I should consider to set up backup. Anyway, our focus here is on those computer security status.
4) If you click the arrow next to Security, it will show you those important security settings or programs that you should have in order to secure your computer:
- Did you enable built-in windows firewall? If not, you should enable it.
- Did you enable Windows update to update your windows OS with latest patch and fix? If not, feel free to take a look on this windows update article.
- Did you install any antivirus program? If not, you should install it as soon as possible. These are examples of antivirus programs: Microsoft Security Essentials, Norton Antivirus, McAfee Antivirus, AVG Antivirus, Avast Antivirus, Kaspersky Antivirus, Trend Micro Antivirus, etc.
- Did you install any anti-spyware program? If not, you should install it as soon as possible. These are examples of anti-spyware programs: Windows Defender, Lavasoft Ad-Aware, PC Tools Spyware Doctor, SUPERAntiSpyware, Trend Micro Anti-Spyware, etc.
- Are your Internet Security Settings on Internet Explorer web browser configured properly? If not, you should follow recommended settings.
- Did you enable User Account Control? This user account control prompts you for permission before installing programs that might harm your computer, so you should enable it.
5) If you click the arrow next to Maintenance, it will show you those maintenance settings that you might want to take action, however they are not as important as those security settings that I show you earlier.
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