Microsoft Windows 8 has proved to be different from its predecessors. It has been tipped as the most secure operating system from the Microsoft Company, and 4 million copies have already been sold worldwide. However, there are still some security issues that consumers should be aware of.
1. Old is gold
There is backward compatibility of the new operating system with Windows 7. A number of malicious programs would run with ease on devices running Windows 8. Cyber criminals will be testing Windows 8 as the user base grows in the future.
2. Fake antiviruses
Fake antiviruses are already being discovered for the Windows. Phishing attacks are also being made. Recently, Sophos found such an attack which was disguised as a creation form the Microsoft Windows 8 team. It presented free software through the link, which when clicked, opens a page on a web server based in Slovakia asking for username, server domain name, e-mail address and password.
3. No solution for social engineering
This threat wasn’t solved in the previous versions of Windows 8, and still hasn’t been addressed in the latest operating system. Social engineering is a big security threat as the user becomes and easy and achievable target, without discovering the difference between scams and authentic items. Phishing e-mail attacks influencing social engineering have already been discovered.
4. Perimeter dependence
The new features such as Defender file scan and ELAM are still dependent on signature-based technologies, which will not be useful in the digital age for protecting against cyber attackers. Security technologies going beyond this defense are required. For example, the security offering of catching in attack in-real time will complement the rest of the package in Windows 8.
5. Third party applications
Windows 8 has promised a lot of security. However, no matter how tight the security is, a poor code from a third party application available via an external download store leaves a big vulnerability.
6. Passwords stored in plain text
The developers at Passcape software discovered that the new Microsoft operating system is storing the passwords of the accounts in plain text. This is done when the user switches to a picture password or a PIN. Early adaptors would know about the two authentication options; picture password or a security pin. The issue is that both of them are based on a regular account. A regular password needs to be created first before switching to either of these methods. This regular password remains in the system. Passwords could be decrypted.
7. Potential vulnerabilities
Windows 8 will remain prone to new vulnerabilities and hackers will try to exploit them. For example, Windows 8 is not guarded against Flash.
These are the security issues that have been discovered so far in the operating system. The tech industry continues to face security lapses, and even big companies like Microsoft are finding it hard to make a perfect security product.