Device security in Windows refers to a set of features and tools that are designed to protect your computer and its data from unauthorized access, malware, and other security threats. In this article, we will learn How to Hide Device Security in Windows 10/11.
What is Device Security?
Device security refers to the measures taken to protect the physical and digital components of a device, such as a computer or a smartphone, from unauthorized access or tampering. This includes implementing software and hardware security features, such as encryption, antivirus software, and biometric authentication, as well as physical security measures like locks and alarms.
Here are some of the key features and uses of device security in Windows:
Windows Defender Antivirus: This is a built-in antivirus program that is designed to protect your computer from malware, viruses, and other security threats. It scans your computer in real time and alerts you if it detects any suspicious activity or threats.
Firewall: Windows includes a built-in firewall that monitors and controls incoming and outgoing network traffic to prevent unauthorized access to your computer.
BitLocker: This is a full-disk encryption tool that encrypts all the data on your computer's hard drive, making it difficult for anyone to access your data even if they have physical access to your computer.
Windows Hello: This is a biometric authentication feature that allows you to use your face, fingerprint, or PIN to sign in to your computer.
Windows Defender Application Guard: This is a security feature that uses virtualization to isolate potentially malicious websites and applications, preventing them from accessing your computer's data.
Device Security error messages
1. Your device meets the requirements for standard hardware security
This means your device supports memory integrity and core isolation and also has:
TPM 2.0 (also referred to as your security processor)
Secure boot enabled
2. Your device meets the requirements for enhanced hardware security
This means that in addition to meeting all the requirements of standard hardware security, your device also has memory integrity turned on.
3. Your device has all Secured-core PC features enabled
This means that in addition to meeting all the requirements of enhanced hardware security, your device also has System Management Mode (SMM) protection turned on.
4. Standard hardware security not supported
This means that your device does not meet at least one of the requirements of standard hardware security.
How to Disable Device Security in Windows 10/11
We can hide device security using two methods:
Using Local Group Policy Editor
Using Registry Editor.
Method 1: Using Local Group Policy Editor
STEP 1: Press the Windows key + R. Type "gpedit.msc" and click OK.
STEP 2: Navigate to the following path:
Computer Configuration => Administrative Templates => Windows security => Device security
STEP 3: Now, double-click on "Hide the Device security area" in the right-hand pane.
STEP 4: Select the "Enabled" option, then click "Apply" and "OK."
STEP 5: Close the Group Policy Editor window and restart the PC to apply the settings.
Method 2: Using Registry Editor
First, Download the below file to add "Windows Defender Security Center" in Registry Editor
STEP 1: Press the Windows key + R. Type "regedit.exe" and click OK.
STEP 2: Navigate the following path:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows Defender Security Center\Device security
STEP 3: Now, right-click on "Device security" and select New => DWORD (32-bit) value.
Type "UILockdown" and click OK. Your registry key is created.
STEP 4: Now, double-click on "UILockdown". A prompt box will appear.
Set the value to 1 to hide the Device security.
Set the value to 0 to show the Device security. You can also delete the registry key to show the device security.
STEP 5: Close the Registry editor window and restart your PC to apply the settings.