Think Windows 8 Is Secure? Think Again.
We live in an age where various malware attacks (ransomware being the most notable ) are raining down on us every day. Not surprisingly, computer security has gained immense importance – among individual PC users as well as enterprises. To tackle these varying security threats, Windows came up with its own security tools in Nov 2008, and has since been trying to improve with the release of every new version (Windows 10 being the latest and probably the most secure).
In this blog, we try answering the question: Is Windows 8 secure enough?
Windows 8 is definitely an improvement over its previous versions. Of the most important elements are: the Windows Defender, Secure boot and BitLocker. Let’s take a look at them below.
- Windows Defender – Microsoft’s own security center for handling security threats. Previously known as Microsoft Security Essentials, they contain a range of security features including:
- Action Center: the feature which helps you ensure firewall stays switched ON and protects your PC against malware attacks.
- Windows SmartScreen: offers protection against malicious apps by scanning them before they are downloaded to Windows 8.
- User Account Control: the feature which allows Windows 8 users to operate certain applications in administrator mode. Which means more security.
- Secure Boot – Many malware lay dormant and activate themselves when computers boot up. With this in mind, the makers of Windows 8 came up with the secure boot feature, which checks all the applications usually run when your PCs boot up – to find out whether they are malware-infected or not. Pretty useful, isn’t it?
- BitLocker – Part of Windows 8.1 Pro and Enterprise editions, this is a security measure which lets you perform full disk encryption. Available in the Settings section, users need administrator permission to turn this feature ON.
As you can realize, Windows 8 has some pretty impressive security features. And one cannot ignore the fact that turning them ON is going to protect PC(s) to some extent. But is this security enough? Especially considering the ever-changing security landscape of today?
The answer is unfortunately NO. 3 simple reasons for arriving at this conclusion are:
- Hackers Simply Love Windows – because Windows is the most popular OS out there and if the hacking community can get their act right, the chances of them hitting the target are almost 100 percent.
- Security Experts Don’t Recommend Windows Security – Since Windows forayed into the security industry in Nov 2008 with its own in-built tools, the prominent figures of the industry have been highly skeptical of these security tools. And the next point proves that they are not so wrong in their judgement.
- Test Results Have Been Negative: Windows security tools haven't tested well enough with popular antivirus testers like AV Comparatives and AV-Test to be trusted by PC users. This serves as a clear indication that Windows security tools alone are not enough for securing your PC(s).
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There are many free antivirus softwares on the market (including our very own Free Comodo Antivirus) which can protect your PC(s) successfully against the modern-day malware. While no one can for sure suggest the best antivirus for Windows 8, there are certain industry standard features (like Containment technology, Host Intrusion Prevention System (HIPS) among others – all of which are available with our Free Comodo Antivirus) which are indicative of a highly efficient antivirus package.
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