Secure your PC with Advanced In-Built Security Features in Windows 8
Microsoft has expanded its support for embedded hardware security, crafting a full-blown security suite into the Windows 8 operating system, introducing secure boot, automatic updating of PC, and antivirus protection, to name a few. Several advanced security features in the newest operating system from Microsoft has been created aiming at enterprise users and meet business needs.
Read on the below given sub topics to have a better understanding about Windows 8 security features:
Microsoft installed secure boot security option in Windows 8 with an intention to safeguard the system from low-level exploits and rootkits and boot loaders. Secure boot is a security process that is actively shared between the operating system and Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI at the place of BIOS).
Update your PC automatically
Windows Update will automatically turn on as part of the initial set up process. It also installs important updates as and when they become available.
In-built antivirus protection
Windows 8 has been released with an in-built antivirus ‘Windows Defender’ by Microsoft.Â Windows Defender gets enabled by default giving users some form of security protection as soon as they turn on the system. The installed antivirus runs behind and alerts you as and when you need to take some actions to kill virus threats in your system. Since, Windows Defender can only be disabled not uninstalled as it is already in-built in Windows 8.
Avoid scams with phishing filter
Another Windows 8 security feature lies in its SmartScreen that helps in detecting scams and new malwares using a phishing filter. At the time when it is unable to recognize a website or app, it warns you about the issue. You are also entitled to change Windows SmartScreen settings for how you want it to handle unrecognized apps.
Secure your data and devices
BitLocker Drive Encryption is another security feature that automatically encodes Windows 8 installed computers to help protect documents, passwords, and other important data. But, to get started with BitLocker Drive Encryption, you need to turn it on enabling it to encrypt any file that you save on your system.
In previous versions of Windows, security features were certainly loaded, but into the system memory before the operating system. This is the only reason why it has always been so difficult to detect and remove any threat entering the system.