Windows 8 Security
Although it is the most panned operating system in Microsoft’s history, Windows 8 does in fact have a few useful features. Some of these actually set it at par with Apple’s iOS. Here are a few of the best Windows 8 features.
Fast Malware detection
You don’t’ see many computers running an OS without an antivirus. Most of them start working only after the operating system is booted into, and as you know, this is not enough sometimes. Rootkits and bootkits, for example, are usually up and running before the antivirus is. In such cases, the latter are useless. However, Windows 8 has something called ELAM, or “Early Launch Anti-Malware“, which takes care of this perfectly.
ELAM works as a built-in scanner, which checks the drivers specifically. The program is launched prior to the drivers in the OS, and these are then checked to see if they are infected. Enterprise customers have the option to use the group policy editor, and set how ELAM reacts to perceived threats. They can either set the system to be granted booting permission only when there is no infection present, or to allow unknown drivers, even if these look suspicious. Many times, the latter are merely unsigned, but harmless drivers from third parties.
WTG On Windows 8
Once you have the OS running, there are many more layers of protective security to limit and prevent malware attacks. Windows Defender used to be the antivirus program included in Windows 7, but now it is a default application. What it does in Windows 8, is from checking for suspicious network activity, and malware executable signatures. There is the chance that your PC vendor will replace it with a third party application, which might be no more than a trial version.
Portable Enterprise Security
This is something that allows organizations literally carry their OS around. Windows 8 Enterprise edition offers an option called Windows To Go, or WTG, which lets them keep a pre-installed copy of the OS on a USB flash drive, and run it on any computer they want. This lets the organization be sure that employees and contractors use securely configured operating systems for work, if there is a VPN setup they must adhere to.
These are some of the Windows 8 features, which make it a genuinely likeable product, though evidently not when it’s part of the Windows line. Hope we can see more in the upcoming Windows 9 operating system.
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