Connecting Devices in Windows 10

Getting infected with malware via local device is so common since Windows XP era. However, in Windows 10, this incident does not stop either. A lot of people are still relying heavily on anti-malware solution to handle the automation without having a thought that tool can fails. Hence, at ZORALab, we mitigate this problem using a strict habit. This section guides you on connecting devices in Windows 10 safely.

One-Time Configurations

There are a number of settings to do before we can proceed.

Disable Autorun Completely

The first thing is to disable any automation such as autorun. Since it is now manual, you can perform a guarenteed way of scanning for malware on that connected malware devices. To do that:

  1. Goto Start or Windows.
  2. Type Autoplay.
  3. Open the AutoPlay settings.

open autorun settings

Then, to disable autorun, you do the following:

  1. Set Autoplay to Off.
  2. Set Removable Drive to Take no action.
  3. Set Memory card to Take no action.
  4. If anything else, always set to Take no action.

With that, you had disabled the autoplay automation.

disable autorun

Connecting Device Habit

With the one-time configuration is done. You can now practice the habit.

Step 1 - Always Scan Device After A Successful Connect

Once a device is connected, you can:

  1. Open a File Explorer.
  2. Right click on the device and scan for viruses. DO NOT open the device until the scan is completed.

scan local device before use

Step 2 - Use the Device

When the scan is completed and reported safe to use, you may then proceed to explore the device. Otherwise, you MUST deal with the detected theats properly.