Microsoft sheds more light on the Creators Update's new Windows Defender Security Center

In a new blog post, Microsoft has shared some more details on what to expect from the new Windows Defender Security Center coming in the Windows 10 Creators Update later this year.

Overall, the new experience is intended to make keeping an eye on your machine's security status a little easier, and that includes what Microsoft says are its "five pillars" of focus. Here's a look:

  • Virus & threat protection provides a new view of your antivirus protection whether it's Windows Defender Antivirus that comes free with Windows 10 or AV software from one of our ecosystem partners.
  • Device performance & health provides a single view of your latest Windows updates, drivers, battery life and storage capacity. Additionally, you have the option to start fresh with a clean install of Windows using the Refresh Windows feature.
  • Firewall & network protection provides information on the network connections and active Windows Firewall settings, as well as links to network troubleshooting information.
  • App & browser control allows you to adjust settings for SmartScreen for apps and browsers helping you be more informed and stay safer online by warning you of potential malicious sites, downloads and unrecognized apps and files from the Internet.
  • Family options gives you an easy way to connect to the family options available online. This page can link you to information about parental controls, options for setting up good screen time habits, setting up activity reports of your kids' online activity and managing controls for purchasing apps and games. You can also view the health and safety of your family's devices from this centralized location.

Hopefully, these improvements will make it that much easier for users to keep their machines safe. The new Windows Defender Security Center experience will be headed to everyone starting with the Creators Update release later in 2017. Of course, there are a ton of other improvements aimed at Windows 10 users in the Creators Update, all of which are currently under testing in the Windows Insider program.

What's your favorite upcoming feature in the Creators Update? Give us a shout in the comments!

Dan Thorp-Lancaster

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