How Windows 8 scores over Windows 7 in terms of security
Speed tests conducted on Windows 8 Release Preview version and Windows 7 show that the new operating system from Microsoft is faster. Windows 8 boots within seconds and the time taken by it to perform various computing tasks is lesser as compared to Windows 7. But what about the security features of Windows 8? As Windows 8 is far more advanced than Windows 7, computer experts obviously expect it to be highly secure. And yes, Windows 8 delivers well on the security front.
5 features of Windows 8 that make it more secure than Windows 7
In a post published on IT World, Germany-based computer magazine editor Sandro Villinger describes 5 ways Windows 8 beats Windows 7 at security. These Windows 8 security features were highlighted by Chris Hallum, Senior Product Manager focusing on Windows Client Security, and Sunil Gottumukkala, Principal Program Manager Leader at Microsoft, during a session at TechEd Europe.
Early Launch Anti Malware
A unique security feature of Windows 8 is its Early Launch Anti Malware (ELAM) driver. The ELAM driver in Windows 8 comes into action even before any Windows boot loader module or an antivirus is able to run. What ELAM does is that it executes the security software installed on the PC during boot up, thereby securing the system from malicious programs.
A significant improvement in Windows 8 is that the OS uses the Measured Boot technology. In Windows 8, the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) chip includes the boot process in an encrypted form. This makes it hard for malicious programs to break in and infect the system files.
Other Windows 8 security features discussed by Sandro include an improved Windows Defender, highly secure apps, and Internet Explorer 10 for a safe web browsing experience.
Read the full story on how Windows 8 is far more secure than Windows 7.
Via IT World.