How Windows Defender Helps Protect Our Family

One of the best decisions made by Microsoft with the arrival of Windows 8 was to forget about its “Security Essentials” suite and create an antivirus to match: Windows Defender . Since its appearance, this antivirus has not only made security companies tremble, but it has also proven to be at the level, in terms of protection, of the main commercial antivirus that have been protecting computers for more than two decades. And although many see it as “one more free antivirus” in reality, this program hides much more than meets the eye.

How Windows Defender Helps Protect Our Family

Windows Defender has different protection modules that help us to be protected when we surf the net. For example, in addition to its shield against malware, we can find its own firewall, or integrity protection systems and against vulnerabilities.

Among all these functions, there is a very useful one that often goes unnoticed: the protection of the family. And, given the problems that we can find on the Internet today, it is an essential function if we allow minors to use the networks.

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What Windows Defender controls minors

We can see Windows Defender as that person who is on top of the child while he is connected to the Internet, with the difference that he cannot be seen. For example, it allows us to limit the websites that the minor can visit through Microsoft Edge to prevent it from ending up in one of the millions of sites not suitable for minors (sites of a sexual nature, gambling, violence, etc.). If the minor tries to reach one of these sites, the connection will automatically be blocked.

It also helps us to establish good screen use habits, limiting the time that they can be in front of the PC and the range of hours in which they can do so. It also allows us to control that the applications or games that minors buy, download and run are consistent with their age. We can even limit purchases and manually add balance to keep spending under control, a very important aspect that many overlook.

To make sure that nothing is overlooked, Windows Defender can generate weekly reports with the activity of minors online, being able to know in detail what minors are doing on the Internet and further limiting this activity.

Finally, Windows Defender will allow us to control the status and security of all the other computers of the family members. In this way, if Windows is out of date, or there is a problem with the antivirus, we can solve it before it is too late.

What do we need to use family options?

Of course, as with antivirus, Microsoft allows us to make use of these features completely free of charge. To do this, we only have to meet two requirements. The first of them is to have Windows 10 or 11 installed on the computer (of course), and the second is that each of the computers (or users, if it is run from the same PC) has a different Microsoft Account , and these accounts are within a Microsoft family group.

With the minor’s account configured as such, we can start to control their activity and prevent them from having problems.