Here’s why Windows 8 Security is great
Windows 8 security features have played a significant role in making this OS popular. Owing to the wide ranging and robust security tools that have been set in this OS, Windows 8 promises to keep you safer than ever. To take a look at the major Windows 8 security components that you can treat your PC to, read on…
Your family is precious, keep it safe
If you have kids in the family and they are heavy Internet users too, it is highly possible that you constantly worry for their online safety. Microsoft feels it too and has therefore equipped Windows 8 with the Family Safety feature like never before. You can use easy and stringent tools that help monitor your child’s online activities and customizable features using which, you can allow or restrict access to particular websites, content, and apps. You can use your administrator account to turn the feature on, and create standard user accounts for your kids.
Windows update automatically updates your PC
Yes, it does it on its own and doesn’t let you bother about it at all. However, it surely asks for your permission before adding Windows 8 security apps to your kitty! Windows Update turns on the moment you install Windows 8 and keeps your PC updated with all the latest updates, as and when they are available.
Better protection from malware
If you have already read about how Windows 8 has better malware resistance than its predecessors, you have read it right. Windows Defender has been improved and many features in this tool have been upgraded in Windows 8. Windows Defender keeps a check on your computer and much like third party antivirus applications, suggest you the actions you can take when it notices an application that could be malware. Apart from overhauling Windows Defender and improving the security of Windows 8, Microsoft has also shifted to a secure booting system, which improves the security of Windows 8 by leaps and bounds.
Improved phishing filters add to the security package
Another Windows 8 Security feature to mention here is the customizable Phishing filters. To keep you safe from unsafe web content and phishing scams, Windows 8 has been set with Windows SmartScreen, a tool that filters all websites that open on your PC to identify new malware that may have slipped through your anti-malware suite. As these filters are customizable, you could use them as per your requirement.Â
If you are using Windows 8 Pro or Windows 8 Enterprise, you can further boost the security of your data, stored in the PC, by using the BitLocker Drive Encryption feature. Encrypted data is always secure and prevents attempt of decryption in the event of loss of device. This feature ensures that the data on the device isn’t misused by anyone.
Improved Access control
In addition to the above, Microsoft has also introduced a new way of authentication in Windows 8 called Virtual Smart Card. This technology gives the user an advantage of multiple authentication. The Smart Card authentication device also comes with a PIN and therefore gives you a two-factor authentication feature to enhance the security of your computer. Similar to physical Smart Cards, Windows 8 has adapted a Virtual Smart Card system which can only be used on Trusted Platform Module (TPM) chips that are usually available on laptops issued by organizations.
Now, with such measures in place, Microsoft can really boast about the enhanced features of security in Windows 8.