As you know, there is a lot of free software out there for you to use. Many of us download software that helps improve our work productivity.
Other freeware allows you to learn new skills, such as editing photos or audio. But there is one category of software that may have people confused.
Security software for your Windows computer is necessary, but how do you choose the most effective and safe downloads? We have these three suggestions that will help you secure your Windows.
TinyWall free firewall
Sturdy firewalls help block viruses from infecting your computer. TinyWall is a good choice to reinforce and protect existing firewalls.
TinyWall blocks hundreds of trojans, viruses and worms that can do serious damage to your Windows OS. It also stops malevolent programs that are trying to change Windows Firewall settings
Best of all, it's easy to use. You don't have to know about ports, protocols and application details.
TinyWall comes with many features, including ones that will put your mind at ease. TinyWall can recognize safe and imposter software and creates a list of established and blocked connections.
There's also no bait-and-switch and updates are free.
Windows Sandbox download security
Do you constantly worry about whether your downloads are safe to use? Does the worrying keep you from running that exe. file?
It's a good thing that Windows Sandbox gives you a safe space to test any free software on the internet. Windows Sandbox creates a quarantined, temporary desktop environment. There you can run untrusted software without it infecting your entire computer.
When you close Windows Sandbox, all the software and files you downloaded will be permanently deleted. Windows Sandbox makes it easy and safe to download software that you want to check out.
Windows Defender Application Guard
It's not just downloads that you need to worry about infecting your Windows PC. Opening untrusted websites could also open your computer up to malicious programs.
Windows Defender Application Guard opens untrusted websites in an isolated Microsoft Edge browsing window. By opening the website in the isolated browser window, you keep it separated from the operating system.
If an untrusted website turns out to be malicious, it stays in a Windows Defender secure container. Another good thing about the Windows Defender Application Guard is that it enables other browsers to work with it.
Bonus: For Windows 7 users
If for some reason you're still using Windows 7, you can still protect your PC. But not for much longer.
Windows Defender has been built into Microsoft OS since Windows 8. You can download a free version of Windows Defender for your Windows 7.
You should note that Microsoft is recommending that Windows 7 users migrate to Windows 10. On January 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer be supporting Windows 7.
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