Time will be the final verdict for Windows 8, coming out next month - Ahwatukee Foothills News: Money

default avatar
Welcome to the site! Login or Signup below.
|
||
Logout|My Dashboard

Time will be the final verdict for Windows 8, coming out next month

Print
Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Related Stories

Posted: Friday, September 14, 2012 8:00 pm

Microsoft has announced the launch date for the new Windows 8 as the last week in October. Big deal, huh?

Well, actually it is kind of a big deal. Whereas there are a number of visual changes, there are also some security changes that may not be as apparent but are pretty important nonetheless.

Windows 8 will be the first operating system to have a free, pre-installed anti-virus and anti-spyware built into the system.

Windows 8 will have Microsoft Security Essentials and Windows Defender already installed and operational right from the factory. That is a serious approach to keeping your computer safe and malware free.

Some of you are probably asking if you should keep it or find something else, right? Microsoft Security Essentials came out a few years ago and it does a pretty good job at keeping the bad guys out while not slowing down your computer too much.

Windows Defender has been around for a number of years and, in my opinion, has an OK rating as far as an anti-malware program. I still recommend either Malwarebytes or SuperAnti-Spyware as your main protective program.

Windows Defender and Microsoft Security Essentials are good but are mainly for those who still believe the world is safe and there is no need for a protective program. Bravo, Microsoft for recognizing this need and filling it.

Windows 8 comes with much safer download protection. The Smart Screen Filter will automatically screen your downloads for viruses and will check them against an updated list of harmful programs to ensure that you are not installing a potential threat to your computer.

This Smart Screen Filter works regardless of the Internet browser you use (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, FireFox, etc.). You will also see less security warning pop-ups as a result of the Smart Screen Filter. Yeah!

Windows 8 promises a faster and safer start-up time. Microsoft says it will take 8 seconds from the time you press the On/Off button until Windows is ready to go. This is due to a new start-up method.

I won’t get too technical here but basically the antiquated BIOS boot system is being replaced by a newer more secure and effective system of starting your computer.

In addition to starting your computer faster, the new system will also scan for any malware that may have become attached to your start up and will prevent it from installing. This is a huge step in security. Malware such as root kits and such were previously activated by restarting your computer.

Now with this advanced start up and scanning, they will be prevented from installing. If this works, it will fantastic.

Picture passwords will be introduced in Windows 8. For the picture password, you choose a photo or image and draw three gestures (a combination of circles, straight lines, or taps/clicks) in different places to create your “password.” We will have to see how that works, but you will also have a regular PIN for your login and other secure actions.

There are a number of other improvements in Windows 8 to make it faster and more conducive to touch-screen monitors but having said all this, what are we in for with this new operating system?

Every new operating system introduced to the public whether it is a Windows operating system or Mac, is likely to have bugs and things that need to be improved upon before they are considered to be great operating systems.

Windows XP was a real dog when it first came out and now, after a number of years, it is considered a great operating system. Windows Vista was just a HUGE mistake and nothing can save that white elephant.

Windows 7 has had its share of trials and tribulations but overall, it is a good operating system and does not cause too many headaches. We will have to let time render the final verdict for Windows 8, but it does seem

Microsoft has taken a step in the right direction in terms of helping keep your computer safe from outside threats, so I would give it a chance. After the last week in October it will be standard on all new PCs.

 

• Resident Mike Smothers is president of Smothers Computer Services, based in Ahwatukee Foothills. Send questions to mike@smotherscomputers.com or call (480) 753-7667.

More about

More about

More about

  • Discuss

Dry Heat Check Podcast Ep. 1: Suns Draft, 80s Movies and More

It is the first ever edition of the Dry Heat Check with Jared Cohen and Greg Esposito or also known as the Devin Booker episode because Booker…

Published: June 28, 2016 - 9:55 pm @ http://www.sports360az.com/2016/06/dry-heat-check-…

Free A/C Into Saturday

September Breeze - Promising Holiday Outlook "There's no such thing as bad weather, just soft people" said Bill Bowerman. True, Bill wasn't ar…

Published: June 28, 2016 - 9:55 pm @ http://www.startribune.com/free-a-c-into-saturday-…

It's Not a Comeback, Lots of Updates, and a Hard Lesson Learned

What happens when The Beginning Farmer disappears for months on end? Well, actually lots things happen! Just recently I've been to Arizona to …

Published: June 28, 2016 - 9:07 pm @ http://thebeginningfarmer.blogspot.com/2016/06/tbf…

Two TV Reporters Charged With Child Abuse After 4-Month-Old Daughter Tests Positive for Cocaine in Tucson

Two Arizona television personalities face multiple charges after their baby became ill and eventually tested positive for cocaine, according t…

Published: June 28, 2016 - 8:57 pm @ http://ktla.com/2016/06/28/baby-of-arizona-tv-repo…

You can now major in ‘Moneyball’

First it was a strategy. Then a book. Then a movie. Now “Moneyball,” Michael Lewis’ tale of how the payroll-challenged Oakland A’s used data t…

Published: June 28, 2016 - 8:24 pm @ http://nypost.com/2016/06/28/you-can-now-major-in-…

Buddy Ryan has inspired two things: love and hate

Baseball Oh, Brother, What a Team The barnstorming Fredrickson boys were a baseball sensation of the 1920s Beating the Bushes Duke-bound Alask…

Published: June 28, 2016 - 7:54 pm @ http://www.si.com/vault/1994/07/11/131606/buddy-du…

Brush fire closes I-17 north of Phoenix, part of nearby town evacuated

PHOENIX — A brush fire forced the closure of Interstate 17 north of Phoenix and the evacuation of part of a small town on Tuesday, the Yavapai…

Published: June 28, 2016 - 7:36 pm @ http://ktar.com/story/1146757/brush-fire-closes-i-…

Phoenix Suns accelerate rebuilding process with 2016 NBA Draft

PHOENIX - Marquese Chriss wanted to play in Phoenix but figured his chance had passed when the Suns used the No. 4 overall pick of the NBA dra…

Published: June 28, 2016 - 7:24 pm @ http://www.abc15.com/sports/sports-blogs-local/pho…

animago AWARD Extends Submission Deadline to July 19

MUNICH, GERMANY -- The submission deadline for this year’s animago Award has been extended. Creatives from all over the world now have until J…

Published: June 28, 2016 - 7:23 pm @ http://www.awn.com/news/animago-award-extends-subm…

A Desert City's Sustainability Turnaround

Once derided as the world's least environmentally sustainable city, Phoenix is in the midst of a remarkable transformation. From a sustainable…

Published: June 28, 2016 - 6:23 pm @ http://www.governing.com/blogs/view/gov-phoenix-en…

Facebook

ahwatukee.com on Facebook

Twitter

ahwatukee.com on Twitter

RSS

Subscribe to ahwatukee.com via RSS

RSS Feeds

Spacer4px

Most Popular

Online poll

Loading…