Is Windows 8 More Secure than Windows 7? Before upgrading Windows 8, many users could have this kind of concern. The big improvements, including an integrated antivirus and application reputation system, make Windows 8 definitely more secure than Windows 7. And we’ll detail you in what ways is Windows 8 is more secure than Windows 7.
Windows 8 Secure Boot
On new Windows 8 computers that use the UEFI firmware instead of the old-style BIOS, Secure Boot guarantees that only specially signed and approved software can run at boot. On current computers, malware could install a malicious boot loader that loads before the Windows boot loader, starting a boot-level rootkit (or “bootkit”) before Windows even launches. The rootkit could then hide itself from Windows and antivirus software, pulling the strings in the background.
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Windows 8 Apps
Windows Store apps dramatically reduce the risk of malware. Users can only install Windows Stores apps that have been checked and approved by Microsoft, which greatly reduces the risk of having malware hidden within it. Windows 8 runs Windows Store apps with very limited privileges and no system-level access, reducing the ability of malware to exploit vulnerability in an app.
In Windows 8, Windows Defender has been upgraded from antispyware to a full-featured antimalware solution capable of detecting and stopping a wider range of potentially malicious software and viruses earlier in the boot process. Windows 8 users no longer need Microsoft Security Essentials, because Windows Defender is now just as powerful. The Windows Defender is enabled by default and you don’t need to enable it by yourself.
The SmartScreen filter was previously exclusive feature of Internet Explorer. It is now implemented at the operating system-level and used to scan EXE files you download from Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and other programs.
As you download and double-click an EXE file, Windows will scan the file and send its signature to Microsoft’s servers. If the download is an application that already known a good one, like the installer for iTunes, Photoshop, or other popular programs, Windows will allow it to run. If it’s contains malware or virus, Windows will stop it from running. If it’s new and Windows doesn’t know what it is, Windows will pop up a warning and allow you to bypass the warning.
What’s more, the Windows 8 has already been upgraded to Windows 8.1 which has all the security protections of Windows 8. If you want to have the latest Windows OS on your computer, check the post How to Upgrade to Windows 8.1