Sunday, April 21, 2013

Top suggestions to Windows 8 security

This is a guest post by Alice Robert 

You may have ever heard of some discussions on Windows 8 security features. For example, Windows 8 users don’t have to find tools to reset password Windows 8, picture password or PIN code can come in handy when they forget the password. More often, you can see many criticisms on Windows 8 security features. Windows 8 is so different from the traditional Windows. Lots of PC fans are struggling with, or fearful of, the transition. I want to say, don't let the Windows 8 haters brainwash you: Microsoft actually has introduced a few great features in this new operating system, some of which will help keep your system safer from malware and virus. Here are several tips for Windows 8 security.

1. Make a powerful password for your Microsoft Account 

In Windows 8, you can now optionally sign in with a Microsoft account using your email address. Whenever you log in a new Windows 8 machine with that Microsoft account, all your data will be automatically synced to your new hardware. And this is a problem. Once others get your Microsoft account password, they could log in to your account at another Windows 8 PC and then get access to your synced data. Therefore, try to make it as complex as you can with lowercase letters, uppercase letters, numbers, and special characters. You should avoid words from the dictionary or used for other accounts.

2. Hide up your local disk drives 

It is recommended to hide your storage disks from the Computer folder so that hackers can’t get access to your personal files. You can do this by install the application “NoDrives Managers”, and then launch it from your desktop. You will then be able to choose which drive you want to hide drives for. Finally, you just need to click “Save Changes” to finish your settings.

3. Disable hard drive encryption hibernation in Windows 8 

Hard drive encryption is the first step to protect your data security in Windows 8. If possible, disable the hibernation policy through group policy, for it doesn’t always work well with encryption.

4. Take care of applications in the Windows Store 

The platform can be used to provide lists for desktop applications certified to run on Windows 8, but is also the primary distribution platform for a new type of app called "Windows Store apps". Carefully review these permissions in the details tab because some will grant access by default to your location information, calendar, etc.

5. Clean up your traces in Windows 8

For Public PC users, it is necessary to clean up your traces in Windows 8 on a regular basis. Theses traces are recorded when you use any Web Browser, say, the URL you've visited, Accounts opened, Cookies & Password saved, etc. To remove such a huge data from your Windows 8 computer is little hard, especially when you run out of time in the process of using a public computer. You can try some software, say, Anti Tracks. It will save you a lot of troubles.

6. Create a picture password for your Windows 8 PC 

Picture Password, a new touch-based security login, enable users to select a picture and then makes three touch gestures on top of it. The system will save the sequence of gestures as the user’s “password” and then the user would repeat the exact sequence to log in. It is a good idea to create a picture password after you have made a text password. It can be troublesome for Windows 7 users to deal with Windows 7 password recovery. For Windows 8 users, a picture password can make a difference. Besides, clean your screen frequently, for fingerprints on screens with smudges may reveal your picture password.


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