Windows 10: A security update?

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Windows 10, the latest version of Microsoft OS and the one set to combine all the things, is two weeks away from launching. Most feedback seems positive from the huge number of insiders but how is the update shaping up security wise?

Windows 10 launches on July 29th and seems to be shaping up very nicely. Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 users can get a free upgrade and it’s also coming to Windows phones and tablets.

Security often ends up playing second (or third, or forth) fiddle to how the UI works and how easy a new OS is to get to grips with.

However, Mark James, ESET IT security specialist, believes that “the security has been stepped up for windows 10 and it’s looking good so far.”

What’s new?

Improved security in the browser and a much deeper integration including biometric and 2 factor authentication will help windows 10 stand out as the most secure windows operating system to date.

“Biometrics can be used to log into windows and help the age old password problem, fingerprint, iris and face recognition can all be used to stop the misuse of passwords.

“Business data will automatically be encrypted by default in windows 10 making the storage of said data a lot safer in your corporate environment.

Trusted apps will also help in securing the machine against compromised software by only allowing approved software by the IT administrator to run and must be authenticated first.”

One of Windows 10’s news features did come under a bit of fire last week.

Windows 10’s Wi-Fi Sense was found to be quite insecure and at risk of providing a way into your password protected Wi-Fi networks, read more here .

Embrace change!

Users were famously slow to embrace Windows 8 and the install base is still low compared to Windows 7. Obviously this is why Microsoft is offering a free upgrade to established users: they want everyone on the same OS ideally.

Will Windows 10 be an upgrade that we should embrace or is it going to die a death like Windows 8 did, particularly early on.

“As windows develops we see more and more options for security being embedded into the operating system, some work and some don’t.

“Only time will tell what will work in windows 10 but any improvement should be embraced.”

Mark explains that little will change for AV vendors and cybercriminals will change: the perpetual cat-and mouse-continues.

“The user is always going to be the weakest link, any help should be embraced and adopted making the life of your AV software easier and simpler.

“As for cybercriminals they will adapt, they will find new ways to infect, steal and compromise our computers in the same way we as Antivirus vendors will continue to stop and fight those creating malware each and every single day.”

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Are you going to upgrade asap? If not, why?