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Windows 8 is Dubbed the "Most Secure OS Version," and Here’s Why

Microsoft has taken huge steps toward enhancing the security features in the latest version of Windows, even though...

Windows 8 is Dubbed the "Most Secure OS Version," and Here’s Why

Microsoft has taken huge steps toward enhancing the security features in the latest version of Windows, even though some users argue that it is still a few steps behind Apple's offerings. But still, Windows 8 is the most secure version of Windows until now. Let’s check the secure features that makes this version one of the best:

 

1. Windows 8 Secure Boot

The secure boot is developed to make sure that your PC boots only an operating system that is trusted. In the older versions a rootkit can install itself and thus become the boot loader, which would allow the intruders to gain access to the infected PC without being detected. Secure Boot won't let this happen.

 

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2. Early launch anti malware (ELAM)

ELAM is designed to enable security vendors to validate non-Windows components that are loaded during start-up. When your system starts, ELAM will launch first, ensuring that it is launched before any other third-party software, allowing it to detect malware in the boot process. Then it sends a report to the system kernel, where the apps and drivers are classified in categories as good, bad, bad but boot critical and unknown. All drivers will be loaded except for the bad ones.

 

3. SmartScreen

The SmartScreen helps you stay protected against online security threats by using three key features. The anti-phishing protection will screen for threats that seek your personal information. Second, it removes all unnecessary warnings but in the same time shows you severe warnings for high-risk downloads. And, lastly, it prevents potentially harmful software from infiltrating your computer.

 

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4. Windows Defender

In previous OS versions, Windows Defender was an anti-spyware tool that only offered three ways of protecting your PC. In this version, Microsoft has enhanced the software by adding anti-virus and anti-malware features. This protection may be enough for light Internet users but for regular users and most businesses a more enhanced protection is recommended.

 

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5. Dynamic Access Control

DAC is a data governance tool that lets administrators control the access settings based on parameters like: sensitivity of the resources, the role of the user and the configuration of the device that's being used.

 

6.DirectAccess

DirectAccess provides intranet connectivity to the PC whenever it is connected to the Internet. It is more secure than the regular VPN, with the difference that connections are designed to be established automatically, as soon as the computer goes online, without asking for a user’s input. DirectAccess lets the IT team continuously manage and update remote computers whenever they are connected to the Internet.

 

7. Windows To Go

This is a new feature that allows users to boot and run software from external devices such as USB drives or external hard drives. For companies that have a “bring your own device” policy,  it is perfect because it enables a managed Windows 8 to be booted from a company’s USB directly to the employee’s own laptop. It is a safer option for employees who work from home PCs.

 

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