The security of client computer resources on a network should be a matter of utmost importance to any system administrator or information technology manager. A single client computer can make a enterprise vulnerable to outside agencies, including computer hackers, foreign governments, or other entities who are looking for ways into your network. For that matter, always make sure your Windows 10 client computers are secure.
As you learn in this chapter, several forms of malicious software (also called malware) exist, including viruses, worms, spyware, and adware. As you also discover in this chapter, you can take actions to prevent your computer from getting malware. And when it's too late for that, you can take steps to get rid of the malware.
Understanding Why Windows 10 Security Is Important
With a penetration rate of upwards of 90 percent of the world's desktops and business applications, Microsoft Windows is a large security target. Windows products have been the subjected to security breaches and attempted security breaches. These breaches come in the form of viruses, worms, Trojan horses, malware, and more.
To help combat these issues, Windows 10 includes a free version of Microsoft Defender anti-virus software. This tool is installed and activated by default when Windows is installed.