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Windows 10 took its sweet time to arrive, but now that it’s finally here, it seems to be making quite an impact. A lot of people have already migrated to the latest version, but there are some people who want to know about the security features of the latest operating system before diving in. We have good news for those people – Microsoft has added some new security features that will surely come in handy. These features are called Windows Hello, Windows Passport, and Device Guard.

Windows Hello

Almost every single website and account now wants you to put in passwords, and in the midst of so many of them, it’s pretty hard to remember them all. This is why Microsoft has found an alternate for that and it’s called Windows Hello. This new feature uses biometrics to assess your face, iris, or fingerprints. After activating this security measure, only you will be able access your device, hence making it incredibly safe to use. The best part is that you don’t have remember or store different passwords. No password means that you don’t have to worry about your laptop when it’s lying in your house. You will be able to rest assured that apart from you, no one’s going to be able to access your device.

Windows Passport

This security feature is quite similar to Windows Hello but its usage is completely different. Windows Hello is used so that you can lock your computer and only you are able to access it. On the other hand, Windows Passport allows you to authenticate to different websites, social networking platforms and applications without putting in different set of passwords. Microsoft describes this feature as:

“Windows 10 will ask you to verify that you have possession of your device before it authenticates on your behalf, with a PIN or Windows Hello on devices with biometric sensors. Once authenticated with “Passport”, you will be able to instantly access a growing set of websites and services … favorite commerce sites, email and social networking services, financial institutions, business networks.”

Device Guard

Device Guard was present in the previous iteration of Windows as well but it has received a major overhaul in the latest operating system. This new and improved version of Device Guard is designed to protect all the initial problems that Windows 10 is likely to encounter. Because the operating system is new, hackers will definitely try to sneak in malware any way they can. However, with the help of Device Guard, you will be able to rest easy as it takes care of almost all the problems. Microsoft explains how Device Guard will protect you on Windows 10.

“To help protect users from malware, when an app is executed, Windows makes a determination on whether that app is trustworthy, and notifies the user if it is not. Device Guard can use hardware technology and virtualization to isolate that decision-making function from the rest of the Windows operating system, which helps provide protection from attackers or malware that have managed to gain full system privilege.”

Of course, you’ll be able to enjoy an even greater amount of security if you aren’t too bothered about setting up and remembering passwords.