In this new version, the experience is getting updated to make settings easier to find and configure. It also introduces two new sections to improve your sign-in experience and manage hardware-based security features. In this Windows 10 guide , we highlight the new features and improvements you'll see in the Windows Defender Security Center app shipping with the April Update. Windows Defender Security Center improvements Home Starting the Windows 10 April Update, the Windows Defender Security Center app includes a Home page that has been updated to show status and alerts of additional areas of protection, including "Account protection" and "Device security.
For example, the "Scan history" option has been renamed to "Threat history. Instead, it's a new page that allows you to configure Windows 10's "Controlled folder access" feature that has been available since the release of the Fall Creators Update. If you're using "Dynamic lock," you'll now see if the feature stops working because your Bluetooth device is turned off or there's a problem with your phone.
Device security The Device security page is also new to the Windows Defender experience, and it provides status reporting and management of the security features associated with your device. The details and features you can configure will always be different depending on your hardware configuration. For instance, I'm currently testing the Windows 10 April Update on a virtual machine, and "Control isolation" is the only option available to me. Core isolation is a feature that provides virtualization-based security to keep your computer protected.
Memory integrity is a security feature, part of Core isolation, which prevents malicious code from getting injected into high-security processes.
Settings The Settings page has not changed significantly, but there are a few new options. Under "Windows Defender Antivirus notifications," you'll find three additional notifications that you can disable, including: Recent activity and scan results. Threat found, but no immediate action is needed. Files or activities blocked. The "Account protection notifications" section is new, and it allows you disable alerts if Dynamic lock stops working.
Windows Defender Application Guard Windows Defender Application Guard is another security feature on Windows 10 designed to sandbox web pages using Microsoft Edge to prevent internet malware and zero-day attacks from infecting your device. Previously, this feature was only available on Windows 10 Enterprise, but now it's expected to be available on Windows 10 Pro with the April Update.
Also, Microsoft is introducing changes to speed up its performance, and it's adding the ability to download files to your computer from a WDAG session. However, this is a feature that needs to be turned on manually using the Local Group Policy Editor, and it's only available for Windows 10 Enterprise. Once the feature is enabled, files will be saved inside the Untrusted files folder located inside the Downloads folder.
Interface and other improvements Alongside the new features and changes, Windows Defender Security Center brings a number of small tweaks, including Fluent Design touches to the interface. In the experience, you'll now notice that the menu button and the options available in the Exploit protection settings use the Reveal highlight effect.
The icons of each area of protection now use a blue color, and the gear button now is labeled "Settings" — as it should be. The Windows Defender icon context menu in the notification area has been updated to use the modern style design, and it now includes options to perform a quick scan, update definitions, change notifications, and launch the Windows Defender Security Center dashboard.
Wrapping things up Although the new version of Windows Defender Security Center is only a minor update, it introduces welcome improvements that should help technical and non-technical users keep Windows 10 and their data protected against viruses, ransomware, and other types of malware, including hackers. This guide highlights the Windows Defender Security Center changes included in the consumer version of Windows Along with these changes, Microsoft is also expected to introduce additional improvements, but usually, they're designed for enterprise costumers.
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