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Windows 8 Security Features – Part 1 of 4

This post is part 1 of 4 about the new security features in Windows 8. This 4 part post is based on the “Protect your PC” section of the getting to know Windows 8 Site on Microsoft’s website:

Windows 8 security feathures: Screenshot of Windows Defender

Protect your PC

Microsoft understands how important online security is and has features built into Windows 8, Windows RT, and Internet Explorer to take some of the worry out of going online. However, bad things can happen to good PCs. From hackers, viruses, worms, spyware, and other types of malware, your PC has a lot to fend against. Learn how you can help protect your PC by adding security info to your Microsoft account, defending against infections, and keeping your PC up to date. Also learn tips on how to help stay safe on the web, especially on public networks, and how to help protect your files if your PC is ever lost or stolen.

With Windows, you can help protect your PC from the bad stuff.

Windows 8 security feathures: Graphic showing some of the ways additional info can help keep an account more secure

Help secure your Microsoft account

Your Microsoft account connects you to your favorite people, settings, preferences, and websites. It’s an excellent idea to help protect your account by adding security info to it. If you ever forget your password or your account is hacked, we can use your security info to verify your identity and help you get back into your account—and back to the stuff you care about.

Add security info to your account

Here’s how:

  1. Go to the Microsoft account webpage and sign in.

  2. Under Password and security info, tap or click Edit security info.

  3. Follow the instructions to add or change your security info, such as:

    Emergency Support, Windows 8 tech tips for small and medium size businessesAlternate email addresses
    Business IT Support, Windows 8 tech tips for small and medium size businessesMobile or other phone numbers
    Business IT Emergency Support, Windows 8 tech tips for small and medium size businessesAdditional PCs that you recognize and trust (like your daughter’s laptop, or the PC you use at work)
    Windows Support, Windows 8 tech tips for small and medium size businessesA security question and answer that a stranger or hacker wouldn’t know (like your parent’s birthplace, the name of your childhood pet, or your favorite sports team)

  4. When you’re finished, tap or click OK.

It’s a good idea to add security info at the beginning, before anything goes wrong. Of course, we realize that you’re busy, and we know you would never forget your password. Don’t worry. Even if you’re having a problem, we’ll help you then too.

Part 2 of 4 – Windows 8 Security Features

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