Is Security Better in Windows 8?

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The article depicts the security features in Windows 8, the forthcoming, cult operating system (OS) from Microsoft. The information provided here is reliable and correct to date. Besides, it does not necessarily present a biased view on the security feature in Windows 8.

Since the Developer 영상협박 Preview of Windows 8 has marked its presence in the market, everyone from individual users, businesses whether SMBs or big, to antivirus vendors have been reviewing its features to determine whether they will really enhance their computing experience in terms of security, reliability, performance, and speed among other things. Well, this makes sense because Microsoft has taken a step further to make Windows OS less vulnerable and attackable to offline and online threats like viruses, spyware, rootkits, Trojan horses, and keyloggers among others.

Offline threats, hmm what are they? Well offline threats are the same aforementioned infections residing in USB or other such external devices like CD that when plugged into computers execute themselves and start the destruction. So we can say that online threats spread via the internet, whereas the offline threats take a computer down via USB devices. Now that we know the difference between the two types of threats, the question is that how Windows 8 will live up to our security expectations.

Let’s first explore what Microsoft has done to improve the security features in Windows 8. The forthcoming OS has a built-in antivirus protection in its kernel to keep malware threats away. This built-in antivirus protection is known as Microsoft Security Essentials, the popular antivirus software from Microsoft to combat today’s malware threats. Microsoft Security Essentials is a part of the built-in security suite namely Windows Defender in Windows 8. Thus, Windows 8 incorporates everything from antivirus, anti-spyware, anti-malware, spam filtering, firewall, to parental control among other security tools.

Other than the online threats, Windows 8 has been designed in a way that it will automatically scan for the boot drives and not boot if a virus-infected USB device is inserted into a computer’s drive. Remember the offline threats that we discussed above? Now Windows 8 integrates a Secured Boot utility that will stop malware from breaking in and nesting in the OS. Besides, Windows 8 now stores the entire data in different random places in a computer, making it difficult for malware to find and overwrite it. Besides, the security suite integrates Bitlocker, an encryption tool to fast and regularly encrypt the hard drive data and the freshly added or modified data as well.

Now that must sound like a great security solution to the users. Isn’t it? After all that’s what everyone looks for in a perfect yet not-so-perfect security solution. The built-in security will update itself with latest malware definitions to defend the OS against potential security breaches. You can also manually download latest updates by clicking on the Windows Defender’s icon. The years-old Windows Updates utility is also there to offer you automatic or manual Windows updates. So, we can conclude that Microsoft has finally given security a meaningful thought and a place in Windows 8.

Nevertheless Microsoft has still left the options open for third-party security solutions. So, if users want, they can install software of third-party antivirus vendors. One thing is sure that such a built-in security is going to fire up a debate between Microsoft and third-part security solution companies. Microsoft can even be dragged into the court by these companies over the anti-competitive approach.


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