Securing Your Devices

Digital Security Features on Popular Devices

Most popular PCs and smartphones come with standard security features that protect your device, information and data. Technology companies take many steps to protect your security and prevent others from accessing your information.

Below are the security features that help keep your accounts and personal information secure on popular devices. Using these features will help keep your accounts and personal information secure.

Computer security features

Today’s laptop and desktop computers have several native programs that protect user information from malware and spyware. In fact, operating systems, like Windows 8 and above, provide the following security features:

Other features include:

Many PCs also have fingerprint scanners, facial and iris recognition software and voice recognition software. In addition, Microsoft allows you to block certain websites while Internet browsing, meaning you can monitor your children’s browsing and discuss safe Internet use with them.

For additional protection, you can purchase (or download for free) any number of antivirus and malware programs that are offered by private cyber security companies.

Laptop users can also set passwords to access their machine, which is strongly encouraged. A simple password, however, will not deter some hackers. If your machine is stolen, a savvy hacker can simply reinstall the Windows Operating System to gain access to your machine, a move that will also delete all your files. To prevent this from happening, you can set a BIOS password, which controls a computer’s basic boot sequence. A BIOS password provides additional security, but be sure not to forget the password or misplace it — resetting a BIOS password will require the assistance of the computer’s manufacturer.7

Mac OS security features

Apple's operating system and security features include many of the same security functionality as Windows machines. While there is a popular belief that Macs are not vulnerable to malware, this is incorrect. Macs do, by and large, contract relatively few instances of malware, but they can be infected.

To prevent malware on your Mac, you should understand the following:

Android security features

Android phones and their operating systems have become widely adopted throughout the world, with more than 1 billion users. One reason for Android’s popularity is its open source technology, which means that Android’s operating environment is very friendly for developers to create their own applications that can run on Android phones. With more apps and developers, however, comes the greater need for enhanced security procedures and protocols.9

Due to the popularity of Android devices, Android manufacturer Google continues to create and maintain a secure environment for users and developers through the following features:10

Other Android tips to consider:

iPhone security features

Apple consistently updates its software to prevent security breaches and cyber threats faced by their users. To protect its users, Apple implements the following:

The wide presence of smartphones, laptops and desktops – and the sensitive information these devices contain – has made them particularly attractive to criminals. By using the security features these devices offer, though, you can greatly reduce the chances that criminals will breach your devices.

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