Is Windows Defender Enough to Keep You Safe?

Windows Defender really has a great name, doesn’t it?

Defender, it’s the kind of word that makes a computer user think of an invisible guardian protecting your computer from all potential harm.

But is it as good as its name suggests?

Will it protect you from all manner of IT security threats?

Read this guide to find out more

What Is Windows Defender?

Windows Defender Antivirus is the anti-malware portion of Microsoft Windows.

It utilizes a firewall to help strengthen its antivirus capabilities.

What does Windows Defender Do?

Through Windows Defender Security Center, you can:

• Control your security preferences
• Control live scans of your browsers
• Control your firewall
• Update your family controls
• Monitor the general security status of your computer and network.

If you just need basic web security, like to protect your home network from threats, Windows Defender can help you remain safe and secure.

And if you have young children and would like to restrict the content they have access to, Windows Defender is helpful.

What Does Windows Defender Not Do?

Windows Defender is a nice, well rounded, anti-malware system that offers, low to medium level protection.

However, it’s far from a perfect system.

PC Magazine, Techradar Pro, Tom’s Guide, and PC World all gave Windows Defender a 3 out of 5, with Tom’s Guide writer Brian Nadel calling it “better than nothing”.

System scans run by Defender are also known to slow down computer performance to an achingly slow crawl when being performed.

Windows Defender is designed to work primarily with Microsoft Internet Explorer, or more recently, Microsoft’s newest browser, Edge.

This means that other browsers, like Opera, Chrome, and Firefox, all are slower to be scanned for threats, and are delayed in getting updates on the latest malware when working with Defender as their primary anti-malware system.

And because Internet Explorer and Edge have such a small browser market share – just over 16% of desktop users use one of the two, according to Net Market Share – this makes Windows Defender less useful for the vast majority of us who prefer a different browser.

Defender also is known to have leaks through plugins like Java.

And given how much of the internet is still based around Java, it makes Defender far from the ideal solution for heavy internet users.

What Do You Need?

Microsoft is so popular that its users have a tremendously broad set of needs.

At one end, you may have a senior citizen who uses their computer to only play candy crush or solitaire and send notes on Facebook to relatives.

At the other, you have people who spend their entire workday on computers managing high level IT environments.

What works for some is not necessarily adequate for others.

If you don’t download much from the internet, and the only videos you watch are from YouTube, Amazon, or Netflix, you’re likely fine with Microsoft Defender.

But, if you spend a huge chunk of your day working on your computer sending dozens of emails a day, reviewing content in a multitude of formats, or doing constant research, you’ll want to upgrade to a stronger protocol than Microsoft Defender.

This is especially true in corporate environments where IT security is paramount – like when processing sensitive information or complying with industry regulations, like the PCI DSS.

As soon as you install a new security suite, Windows Defender will shut itself off to let the new system take over, because that is what it is designed to do.

It protects your system until you have something more secure.

Contact 1st Secure IT

If your needs are no more significant than that of someone who uses their computer for little else than emails, social media, and shopping, you likely are fine running Windows Defender – just make sure to keep it up to date.

But in a corporate environment, Windows Defender is not our recommendation.

Here at 1st Secure IT, our motto is “compliance is not enough”.

That means we don’t recommend the bare minimum – which includes Windows Defender.

If you use your computer for business, contact 1st Secure IT today to find out how you can better protect your company’s sensitive information from the bad actors out there.

Don’t get caught unprotected – there are a lot of cyber security threats which could potentially cost you dearly in the form of lost revenue, lost respect, lawsuits, and more.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

1st Secure IT can help.

Contact 1st Secure IT today, and keep yourself safe and secure in an uncertain digital world.

1st Secure IT

4613 N. University Drive #323
Coral Springs Florida
(866) 735-3369

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