New Windows 11 Security Features: Can They Be Added to Windows 10?

August 2022

Windows 11, which launched in June of 2021, boasts a number of upgrades compared to Windows 10. Perhaps what sets Windows 11 apart from its predecessor the most is its advanced security features. Currently, Windows 11 is available as a free upgrade for Windows users; however, not all computers have the system requirements needed to install the upgraded operating system (OS).

The good news? Even if you can’t (or don’t want to) upgrade to Windows 11, you can still take advantage of many of its security features while using Windows 10.

New Windows Security Features

So, what are some of the most notable new security features you’ll find on Windows 11? First, there’s the addition of virtualization-based security (VBS) and hypervisor-protected code integrity (HVCI). This feature minimizes operating system vulnerabilities by creating and isolating memory regions from the OS itself.

Another new security tool worth noting in Windows 11 is Microsoft Defender Application Guard (MDAG). This software comes in handy while you’re browsing the web by creating isolated memory instances within your browser. In turn, it protects your data from being compromised by malware or other web attacks.

Last but not least, Windows 11 includes a security feature known as Trusted Platform Module (TPM), which provides encryption of hardware-based functions on the computer itself. With this setting enabled, the integrity of the operating system’s boot code is also measured each time the system is turned on for added security and protection.

How to Accessible These Features on Windows 10

All of these security features found in Windows 11 can actually be enabled on most machines currently running Windows 10. So, if you’re only interested in the security aspect, you don’t have to go through the hassle of updating your operating system completely.

Instead, you’ll just need to take the time to find and turn on the right settings on your existing OS. Some may have already been activated the last time you installed updates on your computer. If not, you can enable TPM and “secure boot” under the “Security Processor” section of your Device Security settings.

To turn on VBS and HVCI on Windows 10, simply click “Memory Integrity” under “Core Isolation Details” on your system. Meanwhile, MDAG can be enabled through the Windows Features menu.

Enabling Security Features on a Dedicated Server

If you’re running a Windows 10 dedicated server, taking the time to enable these security updates can provide you with added protection and peace of mind. While a dedicated server is already the best way to protect your data, installing security updates and activating new security features can reduce your risk of falling victim to an attack or data breach.

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