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Windows 8 – Three security tips from PC World

Below are beneficial Windows 8 security tips from PC World

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2027593/windows-8-put-its-hidden-security-features-to-work-.html

QUOTE: Microsoft actually introduced a few great features in its new operating system, some of which will help keep you safer from malware and other security threats. Though most of these security enhancements are active by default, you still must be proactive to get the most from them. Also, one new Windows 8 feature presents specific security concerns that must be addressed to keep your PC—and your data—as safe as possible. Let’s jump in and investigate.

1. Buy a new PC instead of upgrading — To take full advantage of Windows 8’s new security features, your PC needs to run a new kind of boot system called Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI). This system, which replaces the archaic Basic Input/Output System (BIOS), adds many new boot features and greatly speeds the startup process. Included in UEFI is a feature, called Secure Boot, that helps prevent unauthorized operating systems and malware from running at startup. This makes it more difficult for data thieves to use bootable discs or flash drives to access your files; it also helps keep rootkits—a form of malware that’s hard to detect—from infecting your computer during bootup.

2. Take precautions when using a Microsoft account — If you log in to Windows using a Microsoft account, take the extra precautions I’ve described to secure your data. Use separate and unique strong passwords for both the Microsoft account and the email account you use. Don’t store sensitive files in your SkyDrive online storage account. And keep your Microsoft account up-to-date with your mobile number.

3. Choose your antivirus program wisely — Windows 8 comes with built-in antivirus software as part of the updated Windows Defender program. However, if your PC manufacturer included a third-party antivirus program with your computer, Windows Defender may be disabled. Either way, make sure you have some form of antivirus program installed and enabled.

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