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Windows 8 Security: What You Need to Know?

Elva Chrys

Aug 03,2012 06:06 / Posted by to Windows Tips
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Windows 8 is confirmed to be launched in October this year. As the new operating system of Microsoft, it’s completely different from predecessors. It aims to working for both PC and Mobile with a fresh new Metro UI. What’s more, Windows 8 also comes with some enhanced and new features. Here’s a simple look at the Windows 8 security features that you need to know.

1. Picture and PIN Logon

Password protection gives the first and basic layer of protection for your computer data. In addition to the traditional text password logon, Microsoft has added two new logon methods in this new Windows: Picture and gesture-based logon and PIN logon. The former allows you to choose an image of choice and specify three unique gestures on it to login while the latter gives you a quick and convenient way to sign in to Windows 8 by using a 4-digit code.

Compared with conventional text-based password, the picture password and PIN code are easier to remember and you have more choices when you forgot Windows 8 password. And picture password is said to more secure. But the usefulness and effectiveness remain to be seen in the future. What’s more, Windows 8 also lets you sign in with Windows Live ID instead of a local user account. One benefit of this new feature lies in that it offers you an easy way for Windows 8 password recovery when you are locked out of it.

2. Reset and Refresh Options

Of all the security features in the upcoming windows, I like Reset and Refresh Options best. These options proves you new and easy ways to get your Windows 8 running like new in no time if you start having issues with it.

The Reset option will let you remove all personal data, apps, and settings from a PC, and will reinstall Windows from scratch. On the other hand, the Refresh option will reinstall Windows with the user's personal data, most settings, and Metro-style apps remained. Third-party apps need to be reinstalled.

3. More Secure Boot

Microsoft uses the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) based Secure Boot instead of the traditional BIOS firmware interface in the forthcoming Windows 8. Once Secure Boot is enabled, you can enjoy a faster boot-up and Windows 8 will be very resistant to low-level malware such as rootkits. It will validate the digital signature of all boot components up to the antimalware driver to detect any tampering. If the OS detects a rootkit while booting up, it pauses the process and informs you.

4. Bitlocker and Bitlocker To Go

Bitlocker is the full-disk encryption solution introduced in Windows Vista and then extended to removable drives with Bitlocker To Go in Windows 7. In Windows 8, Microsoft offers it’s best ever version of BitLocker to both consumers and businesses without much change from the previous version. However, it will now include the option of backing up the encryption key of Bitlocker To Go to a SkyDrive Account.

Other security of Windows 8 include updated Windows Defender, SmartScreen Filter and more. For more. Let’s expect the arrival of Windows 8.

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