Less App Control But Windows 8 Improves Security, Even in Early Builds

Security Improvements

Security analysts say Windows 8 will negative more malware problems than previous versions.

Windows 8 is a improvement in security, compared to previous versions, even if the final product isn’t out

There’s always one question when a new version of Windows is releasing: is it secure? Installing an antivirus is still a necessity, so it’s good news that the eighth version of Windows is more secure than ever.

Security analyst Chris Valasek look at the security feature last year, so well before the Release Preview was available. Despite Metro been seen as a radical change for Windows – it’s been said by Microsoft and consumers – but Valasek said there’s less of a jump than from Windows XP to 7. Windows 7 didn’t change the way Windows looks functionally, so we’ll see what’s its like to use.

Metro is pretty simple, though: it’s literally a screen of colorful titles. And with the Metro design on Windows Phones and the Xbox 360 dashboard, it could be familiar to users from day one. The bigger issue will be finding where the deeper settings have been relocated.

A reason Windows 8 is more secure is because of what The Register described as exploit-mitigation technologies, which makes it harder for malware to be pushed to vulnerable systems (i.e., those that don’t have anti-malware protection installed). I use Malwarebytes Anti-Malware protection, which is probably the best you’re going to find for free.

Less App Control

That doesn’t mean vulnerabilities aren’t there, though, the technology is more more about preventing malware. Browsing on suspicious website it’s always going to end up with bad things happening. Use your common sense.

Windows 8 apps will also only be allowed to perform their function, which sounds obvious but previously could do whatever the developers wanted. For Microsoft to successfully build an operating system across three types of devices – the phone, tablet and PC – the Windows Store can’t be completely open like Google Play and Android. That’s why I don’t think Android will ever work on tablets, because the experience has to be consistent as consumers from across devices using the same operating system. I mean, look at what’s happening next week: the Google I/O, where Jelly Bean – the next major version of Android – could be unveiled.

Published: Saturday, June 23rd, 2012 Last Modified: June 23, 2012

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