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Myth-Busting Windows 8 Security: Part Four

In this four-part blog series, I have briefly reviewed some of the myths we’ve heard about Windows 8 security improvements and point out where deficiencies lie. We believe security should still very much be a concern for anyone running the new Windows 8 OS. Visit this earlier post to learn more about the series. In today's post, I'll address Myth #4: SmartScreen will keep users out of trouble. First introduced as a security add-on feature for Internet Explorer v8.0, the SmartScreen Filter (SSF) checks the sites a user visits and the files they download and compares them against lists of ...
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Myth-Busting Windows 8 Security: Part Three

In this four-part blog series, I briefly review some of the myths we’ve heard about Windows 8 security improvements and point out where deficiencies lie. We believe security should still very much be a concern for anyone running the new Windows 8 OS. Visit this earlier post to learn more about the series. Myth #3: Changes to the Windows 8 boot sequence make it secure. In previous releases of Windows, the boot sequence has been an area ripe for sophisticated attacks against the operating system.  During the early phases of loading the Windows OS, there were a number of holes that could b...
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Myth-Busting Windows 8 Security: Part Two

In part two of this four-part blog series, I'll continue to review some of the myths we’ve heard about Windows 8 security improvements and point out where deficiencies lie. We believe security should still very much be a concern for anyone running the new Windows 8 OS. Visit this earlier post to learn more about the series. Myth #2: Windows 8 is safer because all apps are sandboxed from the rest of the system. As you likely know if you’ve been following the news around Windows 8, it will introduce a new style of application called the Windows Store app.  These apps leverage a new set of...
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Myth-Busting Windows 8 Security: Part One

Leading up to Microsoft’s launch of the new Windows 8 operating system, there has been a lot of media chatter about what the new operating system means for security. Specifically, folks want to know whether users will be more secure on this new platform. Let’s examine more closely a few of the claims we’re hearing. In response to an increasingly sophisticated threat landscape, Windows 8, like its predecessors (Windows 7, Vista, XP, and on) raises the bar in terms of new defenses to help defend against increasingly more cunning and devious malware variants. But does this mean that systems ...
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