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Want Better Security? Get Windows 8


The new OS and Internet Explorer 10 protect applications and limit the fallout of exploits.

Windows 8 and Internet Explorer 10 may prove to be Microsoft's most secure OS and browser to date. The company began repairing its dismal reputation for security with Windows 7; this latest version takes significant steps to provide a more secure operating environment for PCs. Our advice? Upgrade desktops and laptops as soon as you can, especially if you're among the 20% of respondents to our latest InformationWeek Windows 8 Survey still clinging to Windows XP -- a bad plan for multiple reasons.

Leading the list of improvements driving us to make this recommendation: enhanced application controls via a platform named AppContainer, in which Microsoft borrows a page from the mobile OS security playbook by forcing application developers to explicitly define what an app is allowed to do. Microsoft also introduces or enhances other security features, including a robust anti-malware package that comes standard with the OS -- and must be giving antivirus vendors agita -- and a new feature to make passwords easier to remember but harder for attackers to crack. Read full story on InformationWeek


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