New Windows 8 Security Features Welcome, If Controversial

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With the tentative release date of October of this year, Windows 8 is breathlessly awaited by the IT community. Early reports, including those by our own Rob Enderle and Paul Mah, are generally positive.


As reported on Help Net Security, among the new features on the security front are a built-in antivirus program, revamped Windows Defender antispyware software, SmartScreen URL protection from phishing attacks and the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) Secure Boot system, replacing the BIOS ROM and speeding up boot times.


However, as PCWorld and Jeff James of WindowsITPro point out, the UEFI Secure Boot feature has irked some very vocal Linux users. As Katherine Noyes of PCWorld sums up:

Part of the controversy this time around stems from the revelation that the Microsoft's requirements for ARM-based Windows 8 devices include a mandatory Secure Boot feature, effectively locking down such devices and preventing them from booting non-Windows OSes.

Microsoft has already tried to quell the controversy, but it seems to have grown, rather than putting fears to rest.


IT Business Edge continues to cover security and other issues related to Window 8. Do check back regularly as the saga unfolds.


Meanwhile, to those of you who are just now upgrading from XP or Vista to Windows 7, check out these resources in our ITDownloads library:

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