Protecting & Backing Up Data in Windows 10

Windows 10    |    Intermediate
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To prevent data loss, you should always protect and back up your data. Discover how to work with external devices for backing up and restoring data, create restore points, and use Windows Defender to protect your computer.


  • Using an external storage device
    Copying data from an external storage device
    Formatting your storage device
    Backing up your files
    Recovering your data from a backup file
    Creating a restore point
  • Getting to know the Windows Defender Security Center
    Running a virus scan
    Configuring your virus scan settings
    Configuring your overall privacy settings
    Customizing your privacy settings for input & output devices


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    USB keys and external hard-drives are storage devices that can be used to transport or backup your personal and system files. See how to connect, open and eject external storage devices in Windows 10. FREE ACCESS
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    Once you have connected your USB key or external hard-drive, you can use it to transfer data to and from your computer. In Windows 10, you can begin transferring your data in a matter of clicks. FREE ACCESS
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    3.  Formatting your storage device in Windows 10
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    Formatting an external storage device will remove any data contained on it. Once this is done, you can start fresh with your file transfer and add files to your device. Doing so allows you to decide your device's display name, file storage system, and unit size. FREE ACCESS
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    4.  Backing up your files in Windows 10
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    Windows 10 features an automatic save function, File History, which can be used to backup your user files. This function can be set up to be executed at regular intervals, ensuring that a copy of your personal data is stored away safely. You can also store multiple versions of your data, and visualize those different versions that you have saved. If something happens, you can use the backup files to restore your lost documents. FREE ACCESS
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    5.  Recovering your data from a backup file in Windows 10
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    If you have been backing up your data using the File History save function in Windows 10 at frequent intervals, you can recover it at any time. This is particularly useful if you have inadvertently deleted your personal files or if you've applied changes that you no longer want to keep. FREE ACCESS
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    6.  Creating a restore point in Windows 10
    4m 8s
    If you want to protect your computer from any viruses or system errors, you can create a restore point. A restore point is a snapshot taken of your system at a certain time: if anything happens to your version of Windows 10, you can quickly return to a previous restore point created before the problem occurred. FREE ACCESS
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    7.  Getting to know the Windows Defender Security Center in Windows 10
    You can view several security settings for your device from the Windows Defender Security Center in Windows 10. From here you can manage and configure your virus scans, device performance, firewalls, application and browser control, and family options. FREE ACCESS
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    8.  Running a virus scan in Windows 10
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    Windows Defender is Windows 10's default anti-virus application. You can use it to scan your computer for any harmful files, viruses and malware. Windows Defender features three different types of scans: quick, full and custom. If the application finds any threats, they are quickly removed from your system and placed in quarantine. From there, you can decide what happens to the file in question. FREE ACCESS
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    9.  Configuring your virus scan settings in Windows 10
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    Windows Defender - Windows 10's virus scanner - can be adjusted to protect your computer in real-time. This means that if you happen to inadvertently download a virus, Windows Defender will identify the threat as it is happening and remove it. It's also possible to exclude certain file types and locations and include other removable devices in your scans. FREE ACCESS
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    10.  Configuring your overall privacy settings in Windows 10
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    Knowing how to configure your device's privacy settings is very important in order to make sure your apps only have access to information that you give permission for. In Windows 10, you can allow or refuse access for several apps and features like your location, account information, contacts and notifications. FREE ACCESS
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    11.  Customizing your privacy settings for input & output devices in Windows 10
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    In Windows 10, you can customize your privacy settings for your input and output devices like your camera, microphone, and voice-activated features.  FREE ACCESS


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