Microsoft says its new Windows 10 operating system is built to protect governments agencies against cyber security threats.
In the past few years, governments at all levels have focused on cyber security and stepping up their protection, but has not found lasting solution to it, the tech company says.
“Windows 10 was designed to address these security threats in a world of escalating risks. As we were building Windows 10, security was a prime focus. And we have incorporated several innovative technologies into our new operating system to protect government against both current and future threats”, according to Microsoft.
Microsoft says that Windows 10 addresses the problem of information hacking by introducing a modern approach to user identity with “Microsoft Passport”, a feature that combines an enrolled device with face, iris, fingerprint information or a PIN to provide a two-step authentication process.
According to Microsoft, two-step authentication is an advancement of the previous method of authenticating employee’s identity through usernames and passwords.
On the other hand, Microsoft Passport makes it harder for hackers to steal an employee’s identity because they will have to obtain the actual device and impersonate users’ facial gestures or fingerprints, which is far harder than stealing a username and password.
Another security measure introduced in Windows 10 is enhanced protection against malware (intrusive software such as computer viruses, worms, etc) through “Credential Guard” which separates credential authentication information from other parts of the operating system.
This feature enables IT administrators to protect user credential information from malware that finds its way onto user devices.
Microsoft says it also introduced a new simplified spyware detection and removal method through a new version of “Windows Defender” which protects computers against pop-up windows, slow performance, and security threats caused by spyware and other potentially unwanted software.
Windows 10 runs in the background, scanning everything users download or run on their PC before a file is opened, and then cleaning up and quarantining malwares as it finds it. All of this is done automatically and in real time without involving the user.
Windows 10 also helps to protect users from emerging threats by collecting and analyzing information about new security risks from millions of other devices.
The antivirus updates are automatically installed without users having to reboot their systems, according to the tech company.