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[] duncancumming's Blog - Should You Trust Microsoft to Cover all Your Security Needs

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From the first Windows roll out to today there have been significant improvements in security. Is this enough however to give up on using third party software to get you out of a tight fix?

This week Wordpress was hit by a brute force attack. No doubt a few readers will have had a dodgy looking email from a friend, or client that has suffered a hacked email account, and phishing scams are everywhere. Clearly we have a long way to go in the battle against hackers and spammers.

That said there have been significant improvements in the security that Windows now offers their users. When viruses and hacking became apparent in the 1980s Windows simply didn’t have the power to ward much of anything off. Indeed Windows wasn’t built with many security features at all. Consumers have instead been using third party software such as McAfee, Avast and numerous other solutions such as password remover programmes and adware removal tools to keep themselves safe.

Recent news suggests that Windows have stepped up their game somewhat in regards to security and their newest operating system Windows 8 has Security Essentials built in as standard which is said to far outperform other security systems on the market. Security Essentials is also now available for free for previous versions of Windows too.

Many are asking if this now means that the time has come to stop using external security programmes and tools and rely upon Microsoft’s new-found enthusiasm for security to keep systems safe.

While the improvement to security via Security Essentials is a huge improvement on the previous Windows efforts the general consensus seems to be that it is far too soon to throw all in with Microsoft or indeed any one company or solution. Things do go wrong sometimes and what this means is that there needs to be a back-up in place.

External software is sometimes essential. If something goes wrong with your Windows password and you can’t regain access then it is unlikely that Windows itself will be able to self-heal as such and intuitively sort this issue. If Windows has a problem then of course expert and external help, such as a password remover would be required.

It is great to see Microsoft moving forward and finally taking security seriously. In order to build the very best protection from outside invaders however and to ensure that the operating system continues to run efficiently, especially if the occasion arises when Windows is at fault somehow, having an external back-up is exactly what is needed. As the saying goes….“Don’t put all your eggs in one basket”.

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