Ten Security Vulnerabilities In Windows 8

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 11-08-2012

Ten Security Vulnerabilities In Windows 8

The Idea of Invulnerability
Word has surfaced that Windows 8 is impervious to attack, as long as users run Windows Defender, but Defender has never been all that users need to secure their data. What makes anyone think that will change now?

Ten Security Vulnerabilities In Windows 8

Ten Security Vulnerabilities In Windows 8

Is Windows-to-Go a Concern?
Windows-to-Go will allow users to take an entire Windows 8 installation from a USB key and pop it into a computer and then run it on the new device. Sounds great for usability, but what does it mean for CIOs worried about security?

Ten Security Vulnerabilities In Windows 8

Ten Security Vulnerabilities In Windows 8

Employee Misunderstanding
Employees could prove to be the weak link in Windows 8 security. The operating system's design will take some getting used to. If employees misunderstand features, hackers could see an opening and jump on it.

Ten Security Vulnerabilities In Windows 8

Ten Security Vulnerabilities In Windows 8

Link-Happy Employees
CIOs are naturally concerned with Internet-born viruses and malware, including links that are shared on social networks. Although Windows 8 is more secure than its predecessors, don't expect it to safeguard against all Web-based threats.

Ten Security Vulnerabilities In Windows 8

Ten Security Vulnerabilities In Windows 8

New and Insecure
With each new product launch, companies are unable to work out all the bugs, and enterprising hackers find a way to take advantage of that. Until Microsoft has some time to work out the kinks in Windows 8, expect it to be a security concern.

Ten Security Vulnerabilities In Windows 8

Ten Security Vulnerabilities In Windows 8

Third-Party Apps
Third-party apps are a major security concern. As tight as Windows 8 might be, poor code in a popular third-party application that's available through the software's download store could spell the end to guaranteed security.

Ten Security Vulnerabilities In Windows 8

Ten Security Vulnerabilities In Windows 8

Flash, of Course
For years, Flash has been a security nightmare for Windows users. And although Windows 8 is better, it's not safeguarded against the cringe-worthy Flash.

Ten Security Vulnerabilities In Windows 8

Ten Security Vulnerabilities In Windows 8

Security Learning Curve
Windows 8 is new to your employees and to your IT staff. Those folks will need time to figure out where menus are and how certain security features have changed. Until that happens, Windows 8 will not be as secure as it could be.

Ten Security Vulnerabilities In Windows 8

Ten Security Vulnerabilities In Windows 8

Slow Responses
Microsoft's monthly Patch Tuesday is a great way for the software giant to send out updates all at once, but it's a real issue for companies that don't want to wait weeks for a solution to a problem. Microsoft's security response times are painfully slow.

Ten Security Vulnerabilities In Windows 8

Ten Security Vulnerabilities In Windows 8

Standard Rules Apply
If you haven't established proper credentialing on Windows 8, folks that steal computers might gain access to your data. And no amount of security software can safeguard against snoops seeing unencrypted files. Remember: Standard security rules apply.

Ten Security Vulnerabilities In Windows 8