IT Security & Network Security News & Reviews: Windows 8 Won`t Escape Security Threats: 10 Flaws to Look For

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2011-10-21 Print this article Print


Like Mac OS X Lion, Windows 8 will come with an applications marketplace. For getting work done on the platform, thats a good thing. However, as history has shown, some applications dont deliver the same level of security thats expected on Windows and that leads to trouble. It could very well happen again with apps on Windows 8.
Although it's more than a year away, Microsoft just can't stop talking about Windows 8. Nearly each passing day, the company has something to say about its next operating system version, and for the most part, each bit of news is quite interesting. Lately, Microsoft has been focusing many of its discussions on Windows 8 security. The company says that with improvements made to Windows Defender, Internet Explorer and the operating system's kernel, it should be able to safeguard the software far more effectively than it has in the past. Microsoft's efforts have become so well-received by security experts that some are wondering if users of the operating system will need anything other than the security tools that come with the software. But given Microsoft's history, perhaps it's not such a good idea to get so excited about Windows 8 security. Will it be more secure than Windows 7? Probably. But to say that the platform will undoubtedly become a near-impenetrable software package is laughable. Like it or not, hackers will find the inevitable security holes in Windows 8. This eWEEK slide show gives a hint at what kind of security holes Windows 8 users should watch out for when they finally get their hands on the operating system next year.
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for, 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

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