Hacking and other attacks are becoming increasing prevalent, and our smartphone use is opening a big door for hackers. Free wireless services offered by restaurants and other public places are very insecure. Your phone is just as vulnerable as your computer but there is not the protection available. How many people have anti-malware and anti-virus protection software on their phone? Here is a look at the way Windows 8 will help protect us with such features of Windows 8, such as Windows 8 recovery, backup and reset features.
Windows 8 is the next step of developments on a global shift towards cloud computing. Cloud computing and all the other ways we are already using many technologies to communicate and transact online mean we are always at risk. Increase online mobile activities mean we are also at risk. The protection that many smartphone operating systems offer is nothing as good as what we have on our desktops and laptops. Smartphone chat and other communications are not as safe as many people think. Using wireless services when you are in Starbucks, for example, is a very dangerous thing to do. Windows 8 will improve a lot of security features for us. It will help us when things go wrong. Because Windows 8 is a fully functional multi-device operating system, we can finally have features, such as Windows 8 recovery, with our mobile phones. Most people don’t realise their smartphone is vulnerable to attack, and it is very easy for attackers to penetrate your communications when you are using free wireless services. Let’s take a look at the important issues related, and how Windows 8 will help protect us.
- Same OS. All the features of Windows 8 available on your laptop will be available on your smartphone running Windows 8 because it is the exact same operating system. This is an excellent development for everyone.
- Encryption. Losing your phone is a very dangerous situation. Is all your information and data protected? Windows 8 encryption means you can encrypt everything as standard.
- Facial Recognition. Facial recognition is a feature of Windows 8 that will use your face to allow access to your machine, and therefore, smartphone. This is stronger than any password. If it is not you, it just will not operate.
- System Recovery and More. All the settings, like a snapshot of your system can be stored, backed up and used to recover your device, or replacement device. Lose your phone, buy another one, and start off exactly where you were.
- App Store. Apps from an App Store will be verified and checked. There will be no more fear when downloading an application that it might be malware or some other nasty.
- File Check. This feature of Windows is already a part of Explorer 8, and in the case of E8, it is a network which checks all sites for malware or other harmful software. With Windows 8, this feature is also built into the native features of the operating system. Anything that is potentially harmful to your machine will be intercepted before it can get inside your machine, and not just in a browsing environment.
- Cloud. Windows will release a range of cloud or web-based features and services along with Windows 8. Windows Live will grow to offer more services. How this will be uniquely protected is still under wraps, and we are all waiting for the release of this information. Cloud is serious business.
Windows 8 is expected to bring a range of new security features beyond these. Having these features available on our smartphones is something overdue. Wireless communication at free locations is a very dangerous business. If you don’t know why, research is suggested. The question remains, how will Windows 8 intelligently deal with this?