Windows 10 Security Features and Cyber Security

A speaking engagement was delivered on the 31st December 2016 to a group of IT enthusiast on the security features of Windows 10 and common cyber security threats. The session was hosted in Kandy, Sri Lanka which had approximately 20 participants.

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Windows 10 Active Hours

Windows 10 has been delivering loads of updates to its millions of users world wide. Users who are in a corporate or enterprise environment often does not notice this or feel this since the updates are managed by the IT team using products such as Windows Server Updates Service (WSUS). For others who use Windows 10 devices as stand alone, this becomes annoying due to the unscheduled restarts. Although initially it prompts a notification whether to delay the restart, generally users do lose track of time and face these restarts.

With the Windows 10 Anniversary update, a new feature called Active Hours was introduced. By setting this feature, Windows would be notified on when the device is used and the update installation and restart would not occur during the active hours.

To change or set a new active time;

Click on settings in start menu

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Click on Update and Security

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Click on Change Active Hours

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Do the necessary change and click save

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Windows Ink Workspace

The Windows 10 anniversary update released in early August 2016, came bundled with many new features. one of the interesting and useful feature was the “Windows Ink Workspace” primarily targeted at devices which has touch and pen capabilities.

This feature makes it fast and fluid to use a stylus with your Windows 10 powered device to execute certain productive tasks.

This feature can be accessed via the system tray on your task bar. After the anniversary update is installed, look for an icon with a pen.

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Clicking on this icon will open a detailed menu with the apps available to be used (similar to the start menu). Furthermore, the menu will also give an option to visit the Microsoft app store to download additional apps which supports Windows Ink.

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The three default apps Screen sketch, Sketchpad and Sticky Notes are quite interesting and have its own diversification of usefulness.

By tapping the Screen sketch it captures the desktop with whichever the application opened as a print shot to allow us to do annotations, etc. 

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On the top right hand corner, another sub menu with options are presented for editing and sharing.

The sketch pad will open a window to sketch and color drawings and it goes to an extent to use a ruler to draw fine straight line.

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Of course, we all know about the use and how to use the sticky note application.

To enable or disable the Windows Ink Workspace, right click on the task bar and select or de select the option.

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