Device security: Security that comes built into your device

Windows provides many layers and types of protection for your device, all the way down into the core software and hardware that makes your device function safely. One of these layers of protection is device security. This is where you can monitor and manage your security protections, and settings for hardware-based security settings. From the start menu, type Windows Security. Then click Open Device Security, where you can check your settings. These features depend on the hardware in your PC, so you may see a different device security screen. On this page, you may see several features. The core isolation page has a collection of features that protect important operating system processes from attacks by running them in a secured and isolated area. Security processor validates the integrity of the combination of hardware and software processes that run during device startup, and Secure Boot protects the device startup processes from any potential attacks.


These features work together to ensure your device operating system is secured and protected. If you do want more details about the hardware protections built into your device, each feature in device security has additional information available through the learn more links. Here's my colleague Derek, who will talk a bit more about our core isolation features. Thanks Rona! Hi, I'm Derek from the Windows Security Team. Core isolation uses hardware virtualization to create a secure environment that's isolated from the rest of the operating system. We've built many features that can run within the secure environment to protect your device. I'm going to go over a few now. Memory integrity continuously validates the core operating system processes to ensure that they are not tampered with. When you turn memory integrity on, it might take a minute to scan your device for compatibility.


There may be some programs on your device that wouldn't work with this feature, and if the scan fails, you'll be able to learn more and see what is blocking you. Memory access protection ensures that the actions taken by device attachments such as a USB key, mouse, or keyboard are authorized and secured. Firmware protection ensures that your device hardware is protected from any malicious activity before your Windows operating system starts to run. It is possible that your device does not show all of the features that you see in this video, that's because many of these features use the latest hardware technologies that might not be available on all devices.

Some of these features are not necessarily enabled by default on your device. If this page shows an active toggle that means your device has compatible hardware and we encourage you to try to turn on the feature. In the future, you might see even more security capabilities appear on this page. On them for our next update. Just press the Windows key plus "F" to open Feedback Hub, or click the give feedback link that appears throughout the app. We hope this helps you have a great and secure Windows experience.

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