On July 29th this year, Microsoft announced a free upgrade to Windows 10 Operating System (OS) for existing Windows 7 and 8 users. Admittedly, the new and improved Windows OS looks great and comes packed with better security features. Microsoft even brought back the much sought-after ‘Start’ button in Windows 10 that was not included in Windows 8 – a nuisance that bugged Windows fanatics.
While experts are speculating Microsoft’s strategy behind the benevolent upgrade, the cyber community is abuzz with people discussing their likes and dislikes about the Windows 10. If you have already upgraded to Windows 10, or are contemplating to take the plunge, there are security issues related to the OS you should know.
To start with, experts in the InfoSec industry are not completely convinced about Windows 10’s enhanced security features, claiming that the OS might instead pose a higher risk of introducing a host of security issues.
Let’s begin with Windows 10 Wi-Fi Sense feature, which is supposed to help device owners in your contact list gain access to your wi-fi network whenever they are in your physical proximity. Sure, it was made with good intention to to boost collaboration, but in the real-world people might be wary of sharing wi-fi network with their contacts. So if you don’t manually change your preferences, Windows 10 default functionality will prod you to allow your Skype and Outlook contacts to use your network. If you decide to opt-in, you can allow the same for your Facebook friends.
This can open channels for malwares from your contacts’ computers to dump their payloads into your system.
The enhanced security features in Windows 10 can also become hapless despite the upgrade, because users will still be habitually disposed to use older softwares in their computer – which poses the danger of targeted attacks.
Furthermore, the addition of more access links in Windows 10 can be a possible backdoor entry for malwares to creep into your system. So the more Windows 10 is connected with default access points, the more it is vulnerable to malware attacks.
Similarly, workplaces are catching up with the trend of bring-your-own-device (BYOD) work culture. Although Microsoft offers Windows 10 business version that is distinctly different from home version, employees are likely to bring their personal computer with the latter version. This can make the enterprise security open to malware risks, as compared to a standard corporate security mechanism.
As always, Comodo stays ahead of the curve by offering preventive solutions to known and unknown threats. The Comodo Antivirus for Windows 10 – launched shortly after the OS launch – offers multi-layered levels of threat protection that is designed for both commercial and home use. And to match the free upgrade (which is valid only through June 29, 2016), Comodo AV for Windows 10 is absolutely free for download.
Comodo AV addresses all the loopholes discussed above – real-time cloud-based scanning against harmful processes, security during an online session, automatic scanning of files downloaded online, and instant updates on new and up-to-date virus definitions. Comodo AV for Windows 10 offers the best security in the industry with host intrusion prevention system (HIPS), Defense+ and Auto Sandbox technology, to meet the real demand of customer satisfaction in terms of PC and
Manish is a former journalist who works as a blog consultant for Comodo. He completed his Master’s in Corporate Communications in 2011 from Lindenwood University in Saint Charles. As a tech blogger, Manish has a penchant for writing about the latest trends in the InfoSec industry. You can find him on LinkedIn (https://in.linkedin.com/in/manishnepal).