This week Microsoft made big changes to how it will control your internet experience on its Windows 10 platform. The new Settings app allows you to control how your device will behave and provides new features to enhance your online privacy and security. With the new settings app, you can easily control the following areas of your device:
The first major change is the unified networking settings. Up until now, you would need to access the Network and Internet settings tabs of the Windows device to control your VPN connection. With the new settings app, you will see all your network settings in one place. If you are using a VPN service with Windows, these settings will be managed through the VPN client. However, if you are connecting with a manual method, such as PIA, you will need to manage the settings yourself. Even though it’s not hard to do so, it is still a good idea to learn how to control your VPN connection through the settings app because it takes less time and is generally easier for people that are not so computer savvy.
SonicWALL is a well-known provider of VPN services that is known for its user-friendliness and ease of setup. A while back, the company added a few privacy-related features (such as tracking protection) to its VPN products that took some of its users by surprise. Those users requested that SonicWALL add these features to their VPN client so they could get the most out of their product. After listening to customer feedback, the company responded by adding these features to its Windows 10 VPN client.
Microsoft is also overhauling the way it handles your device’s security. When you install Windows 10, you will see a warning about potentially unsafe programs. These were once known as ‘super apps’ because they had special access rights that other apps did not have. If you did not install one of these ‘super apps’, you will not have seen that warning even once when you run the operating system. Instead, Microsoft made it so that all apps have the same access rights as any other app on your device. This means that even if you did install one of these ‘super apps’, you will not be any more or less at risk of being hacked than you were before. When you upgrade your device to Windows 10, you will need to re-establish your security software (such as Microsoft Defender) and make sure that it is set to run as often as possible.
With the new settings app, you can now search for the terms ‘Network’, ‘Privacy’, and ‘Security’ in the search bar at the top of the screen. This will allow you to quickly find the settings you are looking for without having to scour through multiple tabs in the ‘Control Panel’.
The new Settings app is available for download from the Microsoft Store right now. Once you have it on your device, you can head over to Settings>Privacy>General Settings to control your VPN connection as described above or visit the Windows Store to find more apps from Microsoft and other companies.