For many years Windows users had to rely on a third-party security tool to keep their computers protected from viruses and malware, but now the operating system from Microsoft comes with its own package, in the form of Windows Security software.

A report published by the American "Wired" magazine stated that the new program is designed to work quietly and efficiently in the background, and you may not notice its presence, but it is important to know how to keep your computer safe, and to pay attention to the various options that it provides for you.

The site states that although you can add additional security programs to Windows if you wish, Windows Security should protect you from viruses, so you can open it from the Start menu or by clicking its icon in the alerts area.

The site continues to explain the program;

By opening the main Windows Security software dashboard you can see a grid of icons, all with green check marks next to them, and if something needs attention these check marks are replaced with yellow exclamation marks, and you can click on any of the items on the grid - from protection From Viruses and Threats to Protection History - Go to the relevant section within the application The navigation pane on the left gives you another way to move between the different parts of the program, while the Home option remains the option to go back to the main dashboard.

You can add additional security software to Windows if you wish (Reuters)

The site explains that the firewall and network protection is where you can monitor the firewall around Windows, which protects it from devices on your local network and from the wider Internet, noting that if you decide to install third-party security software, Windows security software can monitor that as well. And to make sure everything is working correctly, you can also click Protection history to see what's been updated in the program again, whether it's virus scans or alerts about security problems.

The site stated that with regard to keeping the computer safe and protected from threats, the Virus Protection and Risks section of the Windows Security program is the right place to look.

As with the rest of the programme;

Most of the features here will work in the background, but it is good to be aware of what is available and what you can do if you discover anything suspicious. For offline scanning, Windows Security can schedule virus and malware scans by clicking the Manage settings button under the Antivirus and threat protection settings menu to make sure the Real-time protection option is turned on.

And the site touched on some other characteristics of the new Windows security program, it was mentioned that by choosing Application Control and the Browser, the program can scan any applications you download and install, and some of the more advanced security settings for your system can be accessed, and if the computer supports technologies such as safe operation and the system unit. You will find it here.

You can also see if the features are present and working properly, and then there is the Device Performance and Health page, which shows how the “Windows Security” program bypasses actual security, and here you can see reports on the internal storage and battery of the device that runs Windows and access what it calls Microsoft's "new start process".

And if you have kids using Windows, the Family Options screen will come in handy as you can set parental controls covering everything from the times the device can be used to the type of content that can be accessed.