Enhancing Security and Privacy on Windows 11: Best Practices and Tips

With the end of life support for Microsoft’s Office 2016 and Office 2019, it’s crucial for businesses to prioritize data security and privacy measures. Securing data is paramount to safeguarding both company and client information. A recent survey revealed that merely 26.6% of devices have upgraded to Windows 11, the latest version of Windows. This concerning figure underscores the heightened risk of security incidents for organizations relying on unsupported software. To address these risks, businesses can implement various strategies and tools aimed at enhancing data protection and privacy. In this blog post, we will delve into the critical importance of data and privacy protection, explore best practices for safeguarding data, and provide actionable tips on configuring Windows 11 to meet the specific needs of businesses. Protecting data is not just about compliance; it’s about ensuring the continuity and trust of operations. By adopting proactive strategies and leveraging advanced tools, organizations can enhance their cybersecurity posture and mitigate potential security vulnerabilities effectively. Join us as we explore key insights and practical recommendations to safeguard your business in today’s evolving digital landscape   

What is Windows 11? Security Features & System Requirements Explained

Windows 11 is the most recent version of Microsoft’s desktop operating system. Windows 11 was released to the public in 2021, but adoption rates have been slow to adopt because businesses have struggled to upgrade their existing machines to meet the specific requirements outlined by Microsoft for Windows 11 compatibility. The transition to Windows 11 involves certain hardware and system specifications that many organizations have found challenging to fulfill, particularly on older devices. This has resulted in a slower uptake of Windows 11 across business networks compared to previous Windows releases. 

To address these adoption challenges, businesses are exploring various strategies such as hardware upgrades, compatibility assessments, and migration plans to ensure a smooth transition to Windows 11 while maintaining operational efficiency and data security. Efforts to overcome these obstacles are essential for organizations aiming to leverage the latest features and security enhancements offered by Windows 11. 

Windows 11 Security Features

Secure Boot and TPM: To successfully install Windows 11 on your PC, it is crucial to ensure that your system meets the required specifications. Windows 11 requires an advanced processor (such as Intel 8th-generation or AMD Ryzen 3000 series or newer) and must possess two security features: Secure Boot and a Trusted Platform Module (TPM). 

Secure Boot is essential for Windows 11 installation, as it allows the computer’s core software to detect and hinder any modified operating system by verifying its cryptographic signatures. 

TPM is another major requirement for Windows 11.TPM, which is responsible for securely storing encryption keys, certificates, and executing the secure creation and control of new keys. This feature enhances system security and integrity. 

Ensure that your PC meets these hardware requirements and has both Secure Boot and TPM enabled in the BIOS settings before proceeding with Windows 11. This will ensure a smooth and successful installation process without encountering compatibility issues. 

Virtualization-Based Security (VBS): Another essential hardware requirement for compatibility with Windows 11 is virtualization-based security (VBS). This technology operates by executing specific parts of the Windows operating system in isolated virtual machines. Each virtual machine utilizes its dedicated portion of working memory to ensure that critical system components are protected from unauthorized access. By reducing critical system functions into separate virtual environments, VBS reduces the risk of security breaches that could compromise system integrity. VBS is a crucial component of safeguarding Windows 11 against potential security threats, making it an essential hardware tool for ensuring a secure and robust computing experience. 

How to Protect Your Data Privacy with Windows 11

To safeguard your data in Windows 11, you can customize your privacy settings according to your preferences. To access the privacy settings on your computer, follow these steps:  

  1. Start menu: Click the Windows icon.
  2. Settings: Click the gear icon.
  3. Privacy dashboard: Find and select ‘Privacy & Security’ from the navigation menu on the left-hand side.  

Once you access the privacy and security settings, you can customize the following options: 

Windows Permissions: Within Windows Permissions, you can manage the General settings, including the Advertising ID, a unique identifier that can be used for tracking if enabled. You can also enable or disable advanced online speech recognition that sends your speech data to Microsoft’s servers. Additionally, you can adjust Inking and typing personalization to determine whether Windows should create a personalized dictionary for you. 

App Permissions: Within App Permissions, you can manage a range of permissions associated with applications on Windows 11. This includes controlling access to your device’s location data, which allows or disables location-based services depending on your privacy preferences. Additionally, you can modify permissions for camera and microphone access, allowing apps to utilize features such as video calling and voice commands; these settings can be tailored on a per-app basis.  Additionally, you can govern whether apps have access to your messages, notifications, and account details stored on the device, enabling personalized notifications and app-specific account interactions based on your preferences. 

By customizing these settings, you can significantly enhance the privacy of your data and minimize potential security threats associated with unauthorized access to sensitive information. It’s important to review and adjust these settings based on your privacy preferences and the specific needs of your device usage. 

Maximize Your Windows 11 Deployment and Cybersecurity with PSM Partners

Transition smoothly to Windows 11 with PSM Partners before Windows 10 support ends in October 2025. Benefit from enhanced security and productivity features by partnering with us. Our skilled team conducts readiness assessments and creates tailored migration plans to optimize your resources. Using our real-world experience, with over tens of thousands of devices, we focus on treating all users with a white glove approach, ensuring their transition is smooth while overcoming migration challenges, regardless of your IT environment size.  

PSM Partners also offers comprehensive cybersecurity services. Choose from our managed services, including monitoring, maintenance, and updates, or opt for Security as a Service (SECaaS) focused solely on system security. 

Contact us today to learn more about our Windows 11 deployment and cybersecurity solutions. Let PSM Partners assist you in navigating the transition efficiently and securing your IT infrastructure. 

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Taylor Friend

I'm a goal-oriented Strategic Alliance Manager who is enthusiastic about building and nurturing collaborative relationships that drive business success. My commitment lies in establishing, overseeing, and expanding partnerships that generate greater business opportunities and foster revenue growth for all stakeholders.


(Managed Services, Cloud Services, Consulting, Cybersecurity, Talent)

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