Windows 11 security: How to protect your home and small business PCs

When it comes to security at home and in your small business, you’re on your own. Large businesses typically have dedicated IT staff tasked with ensuring the security of a corporate network and preventing outsiders from stealing data or planting ransomware. You have … yourself.

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The worst time to start thinking about security for the PCs on your network is after you’ve experienced a catastrophic incident. The best time is right now, which is why we’ve put this guide together.

Following the steps we lay out here should help you understand which security issues are most important and, based on that knowledge, to establish a security baseline. This isn’t a set-it-and-forget-it task, unfortunately. Online attackers are determined, and the threat landscape is constantly evolving. Maintaining effective security requires continued vigilance and ongoing effort.

In this guide, we focus on more than just the Windows 11 device itself, because many of the threats come from outside. To stay secure, you need to pay close attention to network traffic, email accounts, authentication mechanisms, and unsophisticated users.

This guide focuses primarily on the needs of PC owners managing Windows 11 PCs in a home or small business environment, without full-time

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