Ten Security Vulnerabilities In Windows 8

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 11-08-2012
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Ten Security Vulnerabilities In Windows 8

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?

With more than four million copies of Windows 8 already sold worldwide, much of the discussion surrounding the operating system revolves around its neat new design and the products running it, such as Microsoft's Surface. For the first time in a long time, Microsoft has been able to launch a product without having to deal with customers questioning whether its latest offering is really more secure than its last. As expected, Microsoft has stayed tight-lipped on the matter. But perhaps the silence on security is an issue. Despite Microsoft's claims earlier this year that Windows 8 would be the most secure operating system it has launched, not all security researchers agree. And with the corporate world relying heavily on Microsoft to build an operating system that can stand up to tests from hackers and cyber-criminals around the world, there's a lot riding on the software giant's ability to deliver. CIOs are especially concerned with the security features bundled in Windows 8, and they want to know how their companies might be affected. To help with that, we've created a list of some security issues that might arise.

Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.


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