Things I would like to see in Windows 8 – Part 5 – Truly segmented security

Ok so this one is a little easier and more obvious.

Advanced security is usually the number one thing people say they want in an operating systems upgrade but I am being a tad more specific. I would like to see the OS designed in such a way that different sections of the code are “isolated” from each other.

It isnt enough to have UAC (although that’s a great start) but I believe that when you are writing software that will be used by potentially 500 million to 1 billion people, you have to assume that the average user needs protection from themselves.

There have been tremendous security improvements made to Windows 7 and (ironically and less elegantly) in Vista but the problem is, it is still relatively easy to infect a Windows PC.

Once infected, a virus can propagate and run instructions in an inappropriate manner with potentially devastating impact.

I believe that Windows 8 should be designed to have different components working as sealed off silos.

That way, even if a piece of the system is compromised, the overall integrity would remain intact and the infection wouldn’t be allowed to spread.

What do you guys think?

  • Siddhu

    My view is that microsoft should keep Microsoft Security Essentials (their free antivirus) as an inbuilt option for Windows 8. I hate UAC because its very time consuming.

    Even I think that Windows 8 should be designed to have different components working as sealed off silos.

  • Philip

    I certainly feel they need to get rid of the Registry for one. Its too fragile and doesn’t bode well for folks who have no idea how to manage it – which is most folks. Those who claim they do, also find themselves reinstalling the OS. 😉
    I agree that isolation is a key, but only if it plays well with running apps and local storage, virtualization comes to mind for some reason. Virtualization’s concept is a completely (although that is a contradiction) isolated computing environment within another computing environment basically reserved for high end hardware. If they can incorporate the concept to play well on legacy hardware and do it well, and allow for minimal problems with storing local content, then I think it could work. The other thing that would be helpful is for everyone to ban javascript. 😉

  • Philip

    (Sorry, one last thing)
    In essence, they need to build a better sandbox, with precautions taken to prevent malware from ever jumping out of the sandbox.

  • Andrei

    They should keep the registry, but add a free registry editor that comes with the OS. One that wouldn't let you mess it up.

  • harley mason

    i think they need to make the paint program more easy to use. the windows vista paint was very easy to use. but the windows 7 paint is very hard to get a hang of. also in task manager vista shows how many megabytes of pagefile are being used. windows 7 only shows gigabytes. megabytes are a little accurate since theres alot of them.

  • Harley Mason

    i also think that they should creat a sound program like wavepad sound editor or something like that to edit sound files. there pretty cool and alot of people use these kinds of programs ya know.