It's easy to poke fun at “12345” passwords and phish-y emails, but PC security is tough for the average user to manage. And if you're a network admin, it's even tougher to deal with security slipups that infect the whole network.
That's where the new Windows Defender Security Center will come in handy. Debuting spring 2017 as part of the Creators Update, it's an efficient suite of security features that'll help users avoid hacking, malware, and other threats. You can view and control your security protections—the applications running in the background that most users don't often think about—all in one place.
It's simple, really: The Defender Security Center is a dashboard where users can get a full security overview of their system. And if a problem is discovered, the security center makes it easy to solve it. The Center is also a place to customize security across what Microsoft has deemed “the five pillars of protection”:
Virus and threat protection allows you to view your anti-malware app, whether you've chosen to use the Windows Defender Antivirus app that comes with Windows 10 or a third-party app. If you've chosen the Windows Defender Antivirus app for your network, you can scan results directly on the screen. (A third party app will just appear on your screen and you can launch it from there.)
Device performance and health displays your latest Windows updates, battery life, storage capacity, and drivers. This is also where you can access the “Refresh Windows” feature, which helps you do a clean install while saving your files and settings.
Firewall and network protection gives you information on network connections and firewall settings, helping you find network issues and troubleshoot them.
App and browser control lets you adjust your SmartScreen settings and tips you off to possible malicious sites and downloads, as well as unrecognized internet apps and files.
Family options is a consumer feature. According to Microsoft, you can also view the health and safety of your personal devices from this centralized location,1 which helps make all your PCs running Windows 10 more secure and manageable.
How can Defender Security Center help your business?
It's a security tool that can be especially handy for remote workers who have to troubleshoot their devices without hands-on support. And by making it easier for the average user to secure their devices on a day-to-day basis, you're saving your IT staff time and money—not to mention catching small problems before they become big ones.
Excited about checking out the Defender Security Center (and the entire Creators Update)? This spring you can give it a try on the HP EliteBook x360
, the world's thinnest and most secure business convertible . The HP Elite
series—enhanced with HP Sure Start Gen3 and HP WorkWise
 protection—also supports other Windows 10 security features, such as Windows Hello and the monthly Windows Update, that work together to make sure your device security is up-to-date.
 Most secure based on HP’s unique and comprehensive security capabilities at no additional cost among vendors with >1M annual sales as of December 1, 2016 on HP Elite PCs with Intel 7th Gen Intel® Core™ processors, Intel® integrated graphics, and Intel® WLAN. Thinnest Based on competitors with >1m units annually of convertible, non-detachables having a Windows Pro OS and 6th or 7th generation U series Intel® Core™ vPro™ processors.
 Based on HP's internal analysis as of May 11, 2016 of mobile devices delivering phablet, laptop, and desktop business productivity, preinstalled with Windows 10 Mobile, MIL-STD 810G and IP67 testing, the ability to run virtualized corporate apps on a big screen using an optional dock, and a biometric solution for security.
 Available on HP Elite products equipped with Intel® 7th generation processors.
 HP WorkWise smartphone app is available as a free download on the Apple Store and Google Play.
Windows, Creators, Defender Security Center, SmartScreen and Hello are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.