The newest version of Windows (Windows 8) will have enhanced layers of security throughout the Operating System.

First, Microsoft will include a hardened version of Windows Defender in its next OS. Windows Defender, meanwhile, is being reconfigured to use the full set of malware signatures from the Microsoft Malware Protection Center. Previous versions only included the signatures for spyware and adware.

This is clearly a move that third-party antivirus and malware protection providers aren’t going to be thrilled with. The security software industry is a $16.5 billion industry after all.

Microsoft is also boosting OS-level security as well as an enhanced set of what Microsoft calls “mitigations”–a set of features built to disrupt or disable malicious code.

Address Space Layout Randomization (ASLR)  a new “mitigation”, shuffles the location of code and data on the user’s hard drive in order to frustrate hackers’ assumptions about where the information is located. Microsoft increased the level of randomization in Windows 8.

Similarly, continuous bits of memory (heaps) have also been randomized to defend against attacks. Guard pages have also been added to counter hacks that attempt to exploit heap overflows.

Also, user-mode processes have been tweaked so that the low 64K of process memory cannot be allocated, which helps protect against a number of kernel-mode vulnerabilities.

Microsoft has also hardened browser security. Explorer 10, which is designed to work with Windows 8, will also feature a number of new built-in countermeasures.

Guards have been implemented to defend against “use after free” memory vulnerabilities which, according to Microsoft, accounted for 75% of all Explorer vulnerabilities reported in the past two years.

All in all, Microsoft seem to be taking security extremely seriously in this Operating System.

That can only be a good thing…


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Onuora Amobi is the Founder and VP of Digital Marketing at Learn About The Web Inc. Onuora has more than a decade of information security, project management and management consulting experience. He has specialized in the management and deployment of large scale ERP client/server systems.

In addition to being a former Microsoft MVP and the founder and editor of, he is the CEO of a Pasadena based online marketing education startup - Learn About The Web Inc. ( and The Redmond Cloud (

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  1. It’s about time they hardened Windows 8 security.

  2. I wonder what norton will do to be better than this…

  3. Microsoft may be improving security but it wont be fail safe. If anti-virus companies can prove that they are capable of detecting viruses AND offer solutions to remove them quicker than Microsoft can then they still have value. Only time will tell.

  4. I hope Meg is all for quality and simplicity. It would help the computers out A LOT! Thats what I would do. I may loose money but I would gain a bigger user base then replace the parts with more powerful parts then jack up the price to $10 profit for each system sold

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