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The tech giant seems to have big ideas on how security should work out for the newest iteration of its globally popular OS. Windows 10 is coming to us with two-factor authentication for augmented security and better user control. The move is being lauded by many as the need of the hour because Windows has been having a tough time keeping people from rage quitting its products over security issues. It has been trying to fix the issue for a while now and it seems like their new product will have a solution to some of the problems.

Changing tides

Security threats are no longer functioning on a small scale. Each threat brings on great devastation and creates panic and chaos for the users. The digital realm is not a nice place to be for someone who doesn’t know how to protect themselves. Windows is trying to fix its immune system so that some of the stress on the user can be minimized. 10 will actually come fitted with three main tools to help keep it safe.

  • Two factor authentication is going to help make the OS more secure. The login is no longer going to be such a simple process. Fingerprint recognition is being added into the mix and biometrics are going to become a very real part of the package. However, the phone will remain an integral part of how the two factor authentication system works. It is important to note that the phones can be turned into auth tokens via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. Support for iOS, Android and Windows Phone OS will be added.
  • Malware is going to be getting a good sound beating as well. Microsoft is planning on implementing a code signing mechanism that can help lock out entire classes of malicious code. Apps will be vetted for malware and safety will be ensured before they are made available. IT admins can also lock down the systems that they are monitoring or administrating and get rid of malware more quickly than before.
  • Microsoft is also implementing containerization tech for every file there is. So it will be encrypted and sandboxed for extra security. The system is meant to function through the trusted platform module which is actually a part of many computers today.

Microsoft hopes to win back some trust from its users by implementing these provisions. However, unless it can demonstrate that this will make a practical different users will continue to stay miffed.  Of course each time there is a new security announcement, we know that there is a hacker waiting to up the ante on their skill. We expect that these security provisions will also have landed into their laps and that they are waiting for the new Windows so they can see how to crack it.

Users are advised to invest some time in learning how to stay more safe and secure, and practice smarter digital habits instead of lamenting later.