Top Windows security tips you need to know

Wayne Thompson

Mar 7, 2023

9 min read

Windows devices are widely used by individuals and businesses alike. Keeping these devices secure and productive is crucial, regardless of whether you use it for work, entertainment, or personal purposes. In this blog post, we will discuss several Windows security tips that enhance productivity as well. Furthermore, we will explore the importance of implementing these tips in your daily routine.

Ensuring Windows security is important for productivity because it helps prevent downtime, protects sensitive data, reduces distractions, and enhances efficiency. Thus, by having robust security measures in place, employees can work with confidence, focus on their tasks, and access information quickly and efficiently.

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I. Windows security tips

1. Keep your Windows device updated

One of the easiest ways to enhance the security of your Windows device is by keeping it updated. Windows updates often include critical security patches that help protect your device from vulnerabilities. Updating Windows is simple; you can check for updates in the Windows settings or enable automatic updates to ensure that your device is always up to date. Additionally, it is essential to update other applications on your device, as outdated applications can also pose security risks.

Windows update screen
Windows update screen

To update your Windows device, go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update, check for updates, install any available updates, and restart your device.

2. Use strong passwords

Ensuring strong passwords is an important security measure for the endpoints. A strong password should be unique, contain a mix of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters. Also, it should not contain any personal information, such as your name or birthdate. Additionally, using a password manager can help you create and store strong passwords securely.

3. Enable two-factor authentication

Two-factor authentication adds an extra layer of security to your device. It requires you to enter a unique code, in addition to your password, to log in to your account. This code is typically sent to your phone or email. Enabling two-factor authentication is simple, and it can significantly reduce the risk of unauthorized access to your device.

Multi-Factor Authentication
Multi-Factor Authentication

Microsoft Authenticator app is a free mobile application that enables you to set up Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) for added security. MFA requires users to verify their identity through multiple methods before accessing an account or service. To set up MFA using the Microsoft Authenticator app, users need to link it to their account by scanning a QR code or entering a code provided by the service. When accessing the account, users receive a push notification on their phone and need to confirm the request through the app. The app can also generate a one-time code as an alternative. By using MFA with the Microsoft Authenticator app, users can add an extra layer of security to their accounts and prevent unauthorized access.

4. Use a reliable antivirus software

To safeguard your Windows device from malware, viruses, and other potential hazards, it is imperative to use antivirus software. A reliable antivirus software should provide real-time protection, regular updates, and frequent scans to ensure the device is secure. Windows Defender, Microsoft’s built-in antivirus program, is a good option.

The Microsoft Windows Defender enhances security by providing real-time protection, automatic updates, cloud-based protection, SmartScreen to protect against phishing and malicious websites, and a firewall to block unauthorized access. These features work together to protect your computer from various threats. Furthermore, a variety of third-party antivirus programs are also readily available.

Configuring Microsoft Windows Defender
Configuring Microsoft Windows Defender

For setting up Defender on your devices, open Windows Security app and turn on Microsoft Defender if it’s not already on. Then, configure settings, check for updates and start scanning.

5. Be cautious of phishing attempts

Phishing is a type of cyberattack where an attacker poses as a trustworthy entity, such as a bank or email provider, to trick you into revealing sensitive information. It is essential to be cautious of phishing attempts and know how to identify them. Signs of a phishing attempt include suspicious emails, messages asking for personal information, and offers that are too good to be true. Always double-check the sender’s email address, hover over links to check the URL, and report any suspicious activity.

6. Encryption

Encryption is another security measure that transforms data into a code to protect it from unauthorized access. Windows provides a built-in encryption tool called BitLocker, which can encrypt entire drives or specific files, adding an extra layer of security to secure your computer. This encryption ensures that your data cannot be accessed or read without the correct authentication whether it is a password, smart card, or any other authentication mechanism.

BitLocker Drive Encryption screen
BitLocker Drive Encryption screen

To enable BitLocker on your Windows device, open Control Panel > System and Security > BitLocker Drive Encryption, select the drive, and turn on BitLocker. Choose your unlock method and recovery key location, select encryption mode and start the process. Your drive will then be protected by BitLocker, requiring a password or smart card for access.

II. Productivity tips for your Windows devices

1. Backup Your important data

Backing up your data is essential to ensure that you don’t lose important files in case of a system failure or malware attack. Windows Backup is a built-in tool that allows you to back up your data easily. You can further enhance your data security by utilizing cloud-based backup solutions such as OneDrive or Google Drive.

Setting up Windows backup
Setting up Windows backup

You can back up your data in a Windows device by going to Settings > Accounts > Windows backup.

2. Organize your files and folders

Organizing your files and folders can significantly improve your productivity. It is a healthy practice. Creating a logical folder structure and naming conventions can help you quickly find the files you need, saving time and reducing stress. Furthermore, using File Explorer, you can easily organize your files and folders by dragging and dropping them into the desired location.

3. Kiosk mode

Kiosk mode can prove advantageous to help prevent unauthorized access, improve security and productivity. It allows you to set up your Windows device to run a single app or a specific set of apps, restricting access to all other apps and settings. This can be useful in scenarios where the device is used for a specific purpose, such as a kiosk in a public area, a digital signboard, or a point-of-sale device.

By restricting access, kiosk mode prevents unauthorized access to other applications or settings, prevents accidental changes and reduces distractions. It simplifies device management by allowing IT administrators to restrict access to specific applications or functions and provides a customizable user interface that can increase productivity. To set up kiosk mode using Assigned Access on a Windows device, create a new user account or use an existing one, enable Assigned Access in Settings, choose the app or website to allow, and select additional settings. Save the changes and apply the Assigned Access settings. To exit kiosk mode, press the Windows key + Ctrl + Esc keys together.

Setting Windows kiosk using Assigned Access
Setting Windows kiosk using Assigned Access

4. Use productivity tools

In addition to security measures, using productivity tools can help enhance the overall productivity of your Windows device. Some popular productivity tools for Windows include Microsoft Office Suite, Trello, Evernote, Slack, and Grammarly. These tools can help you manage your time, stay organized, and communicate effectively.

When choosing productivity tools for Windows, consider your specific needs and requirements. Look for tools that are easy to use and integrate well with your existing workflow. It’s also essential to choose tools that are compatible with your device’s hardware and software.

5. Effective device management

Effective device management is critical for both security and productivity. With a comprehensive Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) solution, you can manage and secure all your Windows devices from a single platform. Here are some key features of effective device management:

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UEM solution for Windows security and productivity

Hexnode is a UEM solution that provides all these features and more. With Hexnode, you can manage your Windows devices with ease and ensure they are secure and deliver the productivity you desire. Hexnode offers a range of security features, including:

Device management

Using Hexnode UEM, IT admins get to manage all aspects of your Windows devices, including settings, policies, and configurations.


Hexnode UEM allows you to adjust encryption and recovery settings on Windows 10/11 PCs by enabling you to set up and administer BitLocker policies.

Windows Defender

Hexnode UEM assists administrators in configuring different Microsoft Defender settings on portal-enrolled devices. Users can use their Windows devices without the worry of viruses, spyware, malware, or other dangers thanks to Hexnode’s Threat Management configurations in Microsoft Windows Defender.

App management

The app management feature of Hexnode allows admins to manage, regulate, and secure apps. Furthermore, it also allows you to install applications silently, and warn you if someone installs any banned app on the device.

Password policy

Password protection safeguards your computer against unwanted access and assures Windows security for the vital data stored on it. IT admins may use Hexnode UEM to enforce strong password policies on the endpoints, assuring the protection of the organization’s data. Additionally, this feature allows you to set the level of complexity for device passwords.

Network and accounts management

With Hexnode, IT admins can manage network settings and ensure the devices are connected to secure networks. Configure the Wi-Fi, Email, and Exchange ActiveSync settings from the Hexnode UEM console to ensure maximum network security.

Kiosk Mode

For Windows devices, Hexnode offers both single app kiosk and multi-app kiosk functionalities. Hexnode’s kiosk mode allows you to set up a fully customized user interface, restrict access to specific features and settings, and control device functionality. Additionally, you can choose which apps are available to users, specify the allowed device features, and set up automatic app launch on device startup.


To sum up, efficient device management and use of proper productivity tools are indispensable for ensuring security and productivity. With a comprehensive UEM solution like Hexnode, you can manage your systems with ease and ensure they are secure and productive. By following the Windows security tips outlined in this post, you can significantly reduce the risk of cyber threats and enhance the productivity of your devices.

Wayne Thompson

Product Evangelist @ Hexnode. Busy doing what looks like fun to me and work to others.

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