What Does the Windows Security Center Do?


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Window Security Center helps to enhance a computer's security by constantly checking the status of essential security programs installed on the computer. If a security program is experiencing a problem or is out of date, the Security Center displays a notification with information on how to solve the problem.

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Four main categories are covered by the Windows Security Center: firewall, automatic updating, malware protection and other security settings. The firewall setting notifies a user if the current firewall is turned on and functioning correctly. The default firewall used is Windows firewall, however, if a firewall from another company is installed on the computer, it can be set as the default firewall using this setting.

Automatic Updating is used to check for new updates for the operating system being used and install them. Updates can be set to install automatically or be downloaded automatically and installed at a convenient time. Malware protection helps to protect a computer from viruses, worms and other security threats. This setting checks if the computer is using the most up-to-date antivirus software and displays a notification if any updates are required.

The Other Security Settings tab checks Internet security and user account settings. If the settings for either are customized and configured differently to the recommended settings, the computer will display a notification with information on how to restore the recommended settings.

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