Details of new security features in Windows 10 May 2020 update aka Windows 10 2004

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Windows 10 May 2020 update aka Windows 10 2004 rolling out, here are the new security enhancements Microsoft is now giving Windows 10 users

Finally, the D-Day is here for Windows 10 PC and Laptop users. Microsoft today started rolling out the Windows 10 May 2020 mega-update for Windows 10 users. After a wait of almost 3 months, Microsoft is finally ready with its Windows 10 May 2020 mega update. The mega-update is also called Windows 10 2004 version and is bigger than the Windows 10 1909 released in November 2019. The Windows 10 May 2020 update has many subtle improvements but the biggest gainer is definitely security.

Windows 10 May 2020 aka Windows 10 2004 update security features

The Windows 10 2004 version comes with many improvements on the security front which will help Windows 10 users to protect their PC/laptops and data safe from hackers and cybercriminals. We have compiled the list of security features that the Windows 10 May 2020 aka Windows 10 2004 update will bring to your PCs/laptops:

Windows 10 Secure boot

Microsoft already had a secure boot in place with a feature called System Guard Secure Launch. Microsoft says that they have rejigged this feature to check if Windows 10 PC/laptop firmware has loaded in a secure manner, without being tampered. Microsoft says that it has added more parameters for alerting the user about any tampering in the boot sequence. Windows 10 users please note that this feature will only work with newer hardware versions that are compatible with System Guard Secure Launch.

Now recover/repair your Windows 10 PC/laptop directly from the cloud with the new “CLOUD RECOVERY OPTION”

You can now recover/repair your Windows 10 PC/laptop with the cloud recovery option. The Cloud Recovery Option is available for users in the “Reset this PC” tab. When your Windows 10 PC/laptop doesn’t boot or starts giving problem, you had to reset your PC from a local restore point saved in System Restore. The System Restore would restore it to a point in a day when the Windows 10 PC/laptop was running normally.

Starting with Windows 10 v2004, Windows 10 users can select the cloud recovery option, which will instruct Windows to download the files needed for a reinstall directly from Microsoft’s servers. This means that you can get fresh files every time your Windows 10 system corrupts. However, enable this option only if you have a Wi-Fi connection of 50 Mbps and over as slower speeds could take a really long time.

Refreshed Windows Hello

Microsoft has also rejigged the Windows Hello feature. For the uninitiated, Windows Hello is a feature that lets users log into their Windows computer using a Fingerprint scan, face scan, or with a PIN. The Windows Hello was not available during Safe Mode earlier. Now, with Windows 10 v2004 May 2020 update, Windows Hello login options will also show up for PC/laptops booted in Safe Mode. Windows 10 users can also use the Windows Hello passwordless authentication methods to log into their different Microsoft accounts.

Secure Windows 10 loading via Windows Sandbox

Windows 10 earlier version had introduced the Windows Sandbox with Windows 10 v1903. For the uninitiated, Windows Sandbox allows users to launch a virtual machine running a scaled-down version of Windows 10. This is particularly useful for testing Apps for malware and trojans. It also allows users to load Apps that they think might be dangerous or spying on them without damaging their primary Windows 10 installation. With the new Windows 10 May 2020 update, Microsoft has rolled out new sandboxing features for Windows 10 2004:

  • Support for configuration files so you can configure some aspects of the sandbox, such a vGPU, networking, and shared folders.
  • Microphone support.
  • The ability to configure the audio input from the configuration file.
  • Activate the Ease of Access dialog with Shift+Alt+[print screen].
  • Enter and exit full-screen mode with CTRL+Alt+[break].

Wi-Fi 6 AND WPA3 support in Windows 10 v2004

Wi-Fi 6 has been heralded as the next big thing in the way we connect the Internet. Read more about Wi-Fi 6 here. Windows 10 v2004 will now support the latest versions of the WiFi wireless communications standard giving you more speed and consistency in Internet speeds.

Windows 10 v2004 also supports the new WPA3, the protocol used to authenticate WiFi connections. WPA3, when enabled, protects Windows 10 users against Wi-Fi password cracking tools and brute-forcing tools like DragonBlood, KRACK, and more.

Enhanced FIDO2 Support

Now the Windows 10 May 2020 update/Windows 10 v2004 has expanded support to include hybrid Azure Active Directory (Azure AD)-joined devices.

Secured Core update

Ever since the Thunderspy vulnerability in Thunderbolt ports was discovered, Microsoft has been pushing its Windows 10 secured core version of PCs and laptops. Now Windows 10 PCs/laptops running on AMD’s new Ryzen Pro 4000 chipsets will be compatible with its new Secured-core technology. Secured-core feature protects Windows 10 PCs and particularly laptops against physical tampering of the Windows 10 system like the Thunderspy attack. The new secured core update protects it against tampering with a device’s hardware components, firmware, or CPU’s internal components.

New Security Baselines

Microsoft has also updated the Windows 10 security baselines for Windows 10 v2004 and Windows Server installations. Security baselines are basic OS configurations that system administrators can deploy across their computer fleets and ensure that basic security features are enabled.

Out of the above Windows 10 v2004 security enhancements, the cloud recovery option, secure boot, and Wi-Fi 6 upgrade are the best features in the latest Windows 10 May 2020 update.

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