Is Windows Defender suitable as an alternative to commercial suites, does it do the job ??

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Talking in the present term, Windows Defender is available to all Windows 10 users, but will it keep them safe or should we install a known commercial suite ?

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Better than nothing…and it depends on how you use the world wide web.

  • coyote
    It’s important to note though – and I don’t recall if Windows Defender includes this functionality because I don’t have to deal with it or generally Windows at all, so take this as it is – that a badly configured firewall can be worse than no firewall, in many respects.
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Anyone have a more definitive answer ?

  • coyote
    I would argue it is up to debate. My personal view is no, it isn’t sufficient. What alternatives you should use is also up to debate. On the one hand, if you know what you’re doing, it makes securing things much easier (so the idea goes, if you know what you’re doing you can make anything more secure than someone who doesn’t and certainly more secure than out of the box). On the other hand, if you don’t know what you’re doing, you can make things worse. I would suspect there are official testing agencies out there but I’m not sure what those would be. But under Windows I would strongly suggest you do not go for non-commercial products when it comes to security. To say that Microsoft has a rather poor record with security is an understatement. Whether they’ve improved or not is besides the point. Unfortunately, I myself can only offer you things to look out for and consider – I can’t offer you many Windows products because I don’t deal with commercial software, generally speaking. I do know that ESET is light on resources and quite configurable. That’s about all I can say. I’m sure someone else here will have other ideas.
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