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Windows 8: 4 Smart Security Improvements
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AustinIT
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AustinIT,
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10/12/2012 | 2:56:29 PM
re: Windows 8: 4 Smart Security Improvements
I think you mean the "third bullet point" don't you?

Not sure that your (and Andrew's) criticisms are warranted. UEFI provides many advancements over BIOS including the ability to manage the hardware remotely prior to an OS even being loaded, booting from >2Tb partitions, support for GUID partitions, and the contentious secure boot which requires that an OS be digitally signed. Even the grumps in the Linux community have had their complaints resolved (regarding secure boot) this month.

There is way more upside to using UEFI over BIOS. Especially when you consider the advanced state of malware these days and the largess of botnets and infected systems that have been created around the world.
moarsauce123
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10/12/2012 | 11:46:54 AM
re: Windows 8: 4 Smart Security Improvements
Agree, whoever cooked up the second bullet point has little to no clue what BIOS and UEfi are nor what Windows 8 or an OS in general does. That makes me wonder if IW has fired all senior editors and everyone can just post whatever they want. I could see this happening in a lower class blog, but it is a total embarrassment for something that gets passed as editorial content.
Andrew Hornback
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10/12/2012 | 4:33:56 AM
re: Windows 8: 4 Smart Security Improvements
A couple of these items - the Antivirus and Anti-malware - it really took THIS long for Microsoft to bake that into their product?

I'm also not quite sure how the UEFI requirement could be considered a Windows 8 feature - it's pre-boot code executed by the hardware. Windows 8's certification logo program may require it, and certainly the venerable Phoenix BIOS has been around the block plenty of times - but what about something based off of another standard like the old AlphaARC/BIOS? Or is that another remnant of history that we've forgotten about?

At any rate, it's good to hear that Windows 8 is the most secure Microsoft OS to date - if it wasn't, we may have another Vista on our hands.

Andrew Hornback
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