Archive for January, 2013

Windows 8: Good Security Performance Deserves More Enterprise Users

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Since the release of Windows 8 on August 16, it has been downloaded 500,000 times in the ten weeks. Nevertheless, 90% of IT leaders surveyed by Gartner, the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company, said they won’t deploy Windows 8 in any major way until 2014, two years after its launch. Enterprises are always not the first to adopt new OS in general, as it is not easy to change an entire fleet of systems from one operating system to the next. Enterprises need to consider a lot factors before they change to the new system. For example, since Windows 8 passwords are totally different from the previous systems, whether they can find reliable Windows 8 password recovery tool is a problem to think about.

As we all know, Microsoft has been committed in improving security performance of its operation systems all the time. Windows 8 will define a new direction and open up a new revenue stream for Microsoft. Now that many consumers are all set to get their hands on the new operating system for improved new security features, the most important step for Microsoft will be to see whether enterprises accept the new platform.

There are many security features in Windows 8, which are both utility and cool for everyday users in enterprises. Windows 8 is equipped with a free Microsoft antivirus and anti-malware program, Windows Defender. It is available by default. It can help protect your computer from all types of malware, including viruses, worms and bots through malware signatures from the Microsoft Malware Protection Center. Meanwhile, it can also offer real-time detections and protect your system form malware threats with file system filter. What’s more, it will interface with Windows secure boot, another new Window 8 protection feature.

In addition, Picture Password, similar to the Android Password Lock Pattern screen, enables Windows 8 user to connect a set of dots with a finger, instead of typing in text password. With Picture Password, users can freely set a pattern made up of three gestures, such as, a point, a line or a circle, on a photo or a picture. Users could choose a picture of animals and draw a circle on the head of the cutest dog. It can also be used on computers with mice, which gives companies another security option besides text password and PIN code.

In fact, there are more improved security features. The new function SmartScreen in Windows 8 enables the Microsoft to track all downloads from the Internet. This feature can be very useful to prevent phishing attacks, which is a usual means to hack passwords of enterprise PCs. Besides, Windows 8 is able to block not only rootkits, but also bootkits, which can replace boot loaders and make malware active almost once the computer starts up.

Don’t ignore Windows 8 simply because of the somewhat strange new interface. It indeed deserves you to have a try and see how its new security features can help your company.

Is Windows 8 Password Safer than Windows XP Password?

Friday, January 25th, 2013

It’s no secret that Microsoft has made a lot of efforts to move all its Windows XP users to newer operating systems, be it Windows 7 or Windows 8,
such as, but as far as statistics go, only a few consumers are actually doing this. According to the latest figures provided by Net Applications in January 13, Windows XP still remains the second most popular operating system, with a market share of 38.71 percent. Windows 7 retains its top spot with a share of 45.35 percent, while Windows 8 is still far behind with 2.25 percent.

It indeed makes sense for the insistence of Windows XP users to some extent. On Oct. 25, 2001, Microsoft launched Windows XP, unknowingly unleashing its most successful operating system ever. Since then, issues on password security, say, how to create safe Windows XP password, how to recover Windows XP password, have long been of crucial importance to Windows XP users. It is the same for Windows 8 users. When Windows 8 first came into market, PC users are surprised for its new password forms, Picture Password and PIN code. Because of the new password features in Windows 8, even some Windows XP users are confused whether the traditional text password in Windows XP has lagged far behind Windows 8 in consideration of password security. Actually, this is not necessarily the case.

As we all know, the two new authentication methods in Windows 8, Picture Password and PIN code, are based on a regular user account. In other words, the user must firstly create an account with a regular text password and then optionally switch to PIN or picture password authentication. That’s the problem! It is said that once a user has switched to a new authentication method, his or her text password can be encrypted using the AES algorithm and saved to protected Vault storage in a Windows System folder, which contains Vault records with SIDs and text passwords of all users with active PIN or picture password authentication.

On the other hand, Windows XP, the old but still popular operation system, has been familiar to both hackers as well as its users. All kinds of researches have been made on protecting Windows XP password security. We can say, after years of usages by millions of users all around the world, Windows XP users needn’t to worry about any unknown or potential bug, which enables hackers to steal your data secretly. Meanwhile, we have rich experience to nip in the bud.

To make your Windows XP password more reliable, users should firstly create a relative complicated and long password. It shouldn’t be a set of consecutive numbers or letters, password with personal information as a part, real words can be found in dictionary, characters according to keyboard sequence, etc. In addition, keep Windows XP computers in safe places. Once someone malicious get physical control on your computer, no matter what operation system you’re using, your Windows password can be useless if only he replace your hard disk or use third-party password software. Last but not least, a Windows XP password reset disk or a Windows XP password reset tool, such as, Anmosoft Windows Password Reset, is highly recommended.

It is too early to predict the development of Windows 8 in the future. However, we’re sure at least on one point now that the new Windows 8 password features won’t make Windows 8 password safer than the traditional text password in Windows XP.

Windows Vista security relies on the mechanism of Network Access Protection

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

When it comes to the security of Windows Vista, different people have different methods. Some people may say that they can make Windows vista password reset at regular intervals to protect the computer. Some may say that they can apply some security mechanisms like User Account Control, Windows Defender, or Network Access Protection to safeguard the Windows Vista system. To improve Windows Vista security, today we will focus on the functions of Network Access Protection.

With the release of Windows Vista operating system, most people attach great importance on the mechanism of security. Network Access Protection, a security mechanism which is inbuilt in Windows Longhorn Server and the client operating system of Windows Vista, can improve the functions on the security policy management of Microsoft and the ability of policy implementation. It is the extension for the function of Network Access Quarantine Control.

As we know, every computer connected to the local network is a potential threat. It is difficult for you to find out whether each computer has installed the latest security patches of Microsoft, whether it has been installed spy software, or whether it has set appropriate firewall. If any computer has safety problems, the computers of entire local network will be at risk. There is no doubt that the results brought by network will be more serious than losing Windows Vista password. If you lost password, you can still reset it without any loss. However, if there is something wrong with entire local work, you would probably suffer some losses. Therefore, it is very essential to formulate a safety strategy to protect the safety of network. That’s why we need to apply the security mechanism of Network Access Protection.

With Network Access Protection, users can monitor any attempts to access the security status of computer. In addition, Network Access Protection makes sure that all the connected computers have security measures. Computers that are in conforming to the health policy of users will be accessed to a restricted network environment. Since it can bring you plentiful advantages, when you are focusing on the importance of reset of Windows password, you should not leave out the great importance of this security mechanism.

Nowadays, Network Access Protection has been inset in the Windows Server, which is called Longhorn. You can use it with Windows Vista system. However, Network Access Protection can’t replace other safety systems, like antivirus program, fire wall, and Intrusion Detect System. Actually, the role of Network Access Protection is to improve the safety of user computers. For example, it can check whether the connected computer has complete security patches or whether it has errors on security configuration.

It can’t be denied that resetting Windows Vista password can protect the computer data to a large extend. However, if you need to protect the network connections, you will have to rely on those network security mechanisms. Network Access Protection can be regarded as an advanced solution of network security. You can control the network activities according to the security status of computer. When using Windows Vista system, you are highly recommended to apply the functions of Network Access Protection.

More Attentions Should Be Paid on Windows 7 Security Now

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Recently, password security and software security in Windows 7 has been widely discussed all around the world. Password security involves in Windows password setup, Windows 7 password recovery, Windows 7 password policies, etc. And software security mainly refers to the malware infection in Windows 7 machines lately.

Just weeks before the release of Windows 8, Microsoft’s Windows 7 has finally topped Windows XP as the most popular global desktop OS. In December, the latest data released by Net Application shows that, though Windows 8 added its market share from 1.09 percent in November to 1.64, Windows 7 has also increased from 44.71 percent in November to 45.11 percent. There is no doubt that Windows 7, a “simpler, faster, more responsive” operation system debuting on Oct. 22, 2009, has been the best-seller operation system in the history of Microsoft. With more and more Windows 7 users, the issue on Windows 7 security becomes extremely important to us.

Many Windows 7 users complain that hackers crack their passwords for many times recently. As we all know, Windows 7 login password is a powerful tool to help users protect hackers or peepers from logging in Windows 7 systems. As for Windows 7 password security, the password policies in Windows 7 should be mentioned firstly. In Windows 7, users can customize their own password policies to ensure password security, including the maximum or minimum password length, password complexity requirement, password age, etc. Therefore, users should check whether their password policies are safe or not every now then. Besides, since forgetting Windows 7 passwords is a common thing, users should choose a reliable way to reset their password when they forget it. Users should have the awareness that many hackers may crack your Windows 7 password when you download or use their malware. Another reason which results to Windows 7 passwords hack may lie in the repeat use of the same password in different occasions.

Besides, malware infection in Windows 7 is also a big puzzle troubled many Windows 7 users these days. According to the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report, comparing the last quarter of 2011 to the first half of 2012, the average number of infected Windows 7 SP1 computers increased by 23% on 32-bit systems and 7% on 64-bit systems. And at the same time, the average number of Windows XP SP3 PCs infected by malware increased by about 10%. In the report, Microsoft analyzes the reason, “This may be caused in part by increasing acceptance and usage of the newest consumer version of Windows,” and they insist, “As the Windows 7 install base has grown up, new users are likely to possess a lower degree of security awareness than the early adopters and be less aware of safe online practices.” Actually, we can do a lot to prevent malware. First of all, be very skeptical of random pop-up windows, error messages and attachments. A lot of malware may be installed when you click on these things. Secondly, if you get a piece of spam, let your mail software know. You’d better develop the habit to remove spam timely. Last but not least, before you install any new software, Google the name of it firstly.

In order to protect your data and information from hacking in Windows 7, more attention should be paid to ensure system security. It is closely related to every user’s privacy and benefit. Take it seriously!