BitLocker is one of the most straightforward tools that you can use on Windows computers to encrypt and protect your files and folders from unauthorized access. It's available in Windows 10 (Pro and Enterprise editions), as well as Windows 7 (Enterprise and Ultimate editions), but finding it can be daunting if you've never used it before. That's why we thought it would be a good idea to show you how to access BitLocker on your Windows PC using several methods. Here they are:
Protecting the data on your external hard drive or USB memory stick with BitLocker To Go is a smart move to ensure that your files are not available to anyone who gets their hands on your drive. While it does take a while for BitLocker To Go to encrypt the data, after the initial setup, you should have no trouble using the encrypted drive. All you have to do is to unlock it by entering the BitLocker password that you have set initially. Here's how the process works:
Ransomware is one of the most dangerous forms of malware. It takes control of your files and folders and forces you to pay large amounts of money to get them back. And even then, you cannot be sure that you can get your data back. Microsoft noticed how dangerous these attacks are for their users, and decided to take measures: in Windows 10, the Microsoft Defender Antivirus includes a feature called "Controlled folder access" explicitly designed to protect users against ransomware attacks.
Windows 10 aims to be the most secure operating system ever created. One of the ways it does that is by letting you use a Microsoft account to authenticate to your computer or device. Unfortunately, passwords for such accounts tend to be long and hard to remember. That's why Windows 10 also offers other means of authentication, including using a PIN code, a fingerprint, facial recognition, physical security keys, and also picture passwords. The latter is the one that we're going to talk about in this tutorial.
There are times when your computers and devices may be infected by malware that is difficult to remove with traditional antivirus. On other occasions, the malware blocks the installation of any antivirus, and you cannot remove it manually. In such delicate situations, you need to boot an antivirus in a safe recovery environment, to have it running before the operating system is loaded. This is the only way to disinfect that kind of malware. For such situations, Microsoft has created its own Microsoft Defender Offline antivirus tool, and it does an excellent job.
In general, we recommend installing security suites on Windows 10 PCs, from the likes of Bitdefender, ESET, or F-Secure. They usually provide more features and better antivirus protection than the built-in Microsoft Defender Antivirus found in Windows Security. The thing is that, when you install a third-party Windows antivirus, the Microsoft Defender Antivirus gets disabled. This happens because simultaneously running two antiviruses is a recipe for failure, conflicts, and performance issues.
Windows Sandbox is a virtualized environment similar to a virtual machine that's available in Windows 10 Pro și Enterprise. You can use it to test apps that you're not sure are safe, visit untrustworthy websites, and generally do things that you fear might compromise your main system. Up until May 2020 Update, you couldn't personalize the Windows Sandbox in any way. Now you can, as Microsoft lets you create and use scripts that can alter the way Windows Sandbox works. Here's how to do it:
Did you know you can modify the User Account Control (UAC) settings to change the security level in Windows 10? Although most users are barely aware of its existence, the Windows 10 User Account Control (UAC) is a core security feature that prevents apps from making unauthorized changes to your computer or device. Read this guide to learn how to change the UAC notification levels and decide how often you get the "Do you want to allow this app to make changes to your PC?" prompt in Windows 10:
Clearing the cookies in Google Chrome is a simple process if you want to delete all the cookies stored. However, some of these cookies are useful, as they keep you signed in on websites and remember your preferences, so it makes sense to view cookies in Chrome before clearing them. This tutorial illustrates both how to see and how to clear cookies on Chrome, whether it is the ones stored by a specific website or all the ones you've ever visited:
USB memory sticks, as well as external hard disk drives and flash drives, are convenient means of transporting data. They allow you to carry anything, including videos, documents, presentations, applications, system recovery tools, and even operating systems. Unfortunately, the fact that they're portable also makes them prone to being lost, which can put any sensitive information you have stored on them at risk. To protect your data and yourself, you can use BitLocker To Go, a Windows tool that encrypts your data to prevent unauthorized viewing.