ITDefenses has been keeping up with all the Windows features added with some of the latest Windows updates.
Microsoft has added many tweaks that are melding elements to its Fluent Design System.
Windows users will
appreciate all the features now built into Windows 10. In this article
we will talk about many of these features.
Although this has been
in past versions of Windows, many are not aware of the two options
available. The first standard option is "When PC wakes from sleep" and "Never".
If you have power settings that eliminate sleep then you are
essentially setting the pc to Never. You can judge the security risk of
not requiring a sign-in.
Windows 10 will tell you if your system has Facial and Fingerprint Recognition
available. One or the other are required to use Windows Hello. You must
have systems that support using fingerprint or facial recognition.
Surface Pro 4, Surface Book, and most PCs with fingerprint readers,
already work with Windows Hello. You can also sign in to your PC using
Windows Hello companion devices, such as Microsoft Band and Windows
phones. For help getting your system to use Windows Hello click here or phone ITDefenses.
You can also provide a security PIN that can be used in place of a password. Navigate to Settings > Sign-in options > PIN Click on Add, enter your login information. You will have a screen displaying Set up a PIN. Click on OK to complete.
Local accounts are
accounts that were not setup using a Microsoft account. Local accounts
in the past were not able to have passwords recovered like the Microsoft
accounts. The April 2018 update added the ability to setup security
questions, that when answered correctly, can help you recover your
To add/Update your security questions go to Settings>Accounts>Sign-in options and click on "Update your security questions to setup your security options.
Finally Microsoft has Nearby sharing. Nearby sharing
can share files and links with local PCs. Neighboring PC's must be
running Windows 10 with the April 2018 Update and also have Bluetooth
and Nearby sharing turned on.
can be turned on and off from the Action Center. With the feature
turned on you'll see a new area in the share menu in File Explorer,
Edge, Photos and other Microsoft apps
Fire it up!:Click on Start > Settings > System > Shared experiences to set your sharing level, select Everyone nearby or My devices only.
The Shared experiences display
also gives you control for your Microsoft Account (requires web-based
login for control) and a Work or school account. Give it a try!
Another cool feature add-on is the Task View function. Press the Windows Key + Tab and you will see a timeline of applications accessed.
On my own desktop it went back six days. It is a pretty cool tool to
see what was accessed over that period. It also gives you the ability to
open that app by just clicking on the app graphic.
Edge also tracks that history and provides the ablity to visit
previously visited sites. Microsoft does not track other browsers,
however you may have noticed that Chrome and Mozilla now display past
history as well.
You may be wondering what else is being tracked?
Want to control what past history is being recorded? You have that ability by navigating to Settings > Activity history and un-check Store my activity history on this device
Many other options are also found on this page including
Send my activity history to Microsoft. This option must be selected by you. It is not a default selection.
Show activities from these accounts Will list specific email addresses and logins. There is a switch to turn activities tracking on or off.
Clear activity history - Press the Clear button to have the history for the login and email address shown cleared.
A link for Manage my Microsoft account activity data -
This will take you to a web-page that will require your Microsoft login
and password. Once you login, you'll be able to view and clear the data
that Microsoft saves to the cloud. When accessed it will display Privacy dashboard
There are many other options too
numerous to mention here. We recommend reviewing what we have
represented here to protect yourself.