Configuring Personally Owned PC

One question Cyber Security frequently hears from students is something along the lines of “I just bought a new Windows laptop.  What do I do next?”

Here are some simple steps you can take to secure Windows 10:

  • Keep Windows OS and software patched—  select start,  Settings,  Update&Security ,  advanced options,  select Box “Give me updates for other Microsoft products when I update Windows.”  This will patch all windows products installed on the PC. 
  • Turn on disk encryption —  Pro or Enterprise versions only – enable BitLocker –  Rt.Click Start, ControlPanel, BitLocker, Select Turn On BitLocker​
  • Start screen saver and require a password — Rt. Click Desktop, Personalize, Lock screen, screen saver settings, enable with the “on resume, display logon screen” option checked
  • Verify security and maintenance settings-  Rt.Click Start, ControlPanel, Security and Maintenance, Security,  verify All setting are on and OK
  • Backup — Start, Settings, Update@Security, Backup, You can use an external hard drive to backup your PC.  You may opt to purchase a service such as CrashPlan, which offers a student discount via

We recommend free Windows Defender, Security essentials and/or Malwarebytes Anti-Malware software for anti-malware protection.