Microsoft’s latest big reveal has been Windows 10, the newest version of their OS which will be rolled out for all devices; phones, laptops, home PCs and tablets alike. Microsoft is positioning this as their most comprehensive platform ever, but there was an entirely different question on the minds of most users.
Yes, they’re jumping from Windows 8 to Windows 10, and no, we’re not allowed to ask why.
We are, however, allowed to ask questions about the level of security that will be offered by the new OS and what that will mean for Windows users in a world of Heartbleed and Shellshock and so many other security threats that it’s hard to keep count. Can Windows 10 be as safe as we need it to be?
On the face of things, it does seem that Microsoft do have security on their minds. Windows 10 promises better security for businesses in particular, with containerization of business data and protection that allegedly stays with information even when it leaves the device. More details are still to come, but as a starter, this looks promising.
However, with the company specifically targeting big businesses and going out of their way to facilitate a massive industry upgrade to Windows 10 (something that failed to happen with Windows 8), this suggests that personal user data isn’t their main focus.
The main attempt to help individual users maintain their online security seems to be the creation of user IDs that will improve resistance to a number of attacks, including identity theft and phishing attempts. With both Google and Apple making the leap to widespread encryption, it seems like this move leaves Microsoft a little behind.
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