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Posted on: 11 Apr 2013 

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Microsoft’s Security Apps Might Not Be Enough to Protect Your Computers


Since first appearing way back in 1985, and exploding in popularity in the early part of the 1990s, Microsoft Windows has changed the way we compute. Yes, artists and designers rely on Macs as their bread and butter, but for the majority of offices and personal users across the world, Windows is very much the standard operating system.

With the release of Windows 8 in the latter part of 2012, people are slowly upgrading to the new OS and the exciting new ‘tile’ interface. It is hard not to be impressed with latest release from Microsoft in terms of design, and this being hottest platform on the market may lead you to believe that from a security point of view your system(s) are well protected. Well, according to German independent security firm AV-Test, this is not necessarily the case.

In a story published by The Register, AV-Test has released evaluations of tests conducted on the security systems of Windows 8 and found that Microsoft’s own security products are lacking.

Testing a range of consumer and corporate antivirus products, the German company found that Microsoft Windows Defender and the enterprise System Center Endpoint Protection – both products that come bundled with Windows 8 – were extremely lacking in the Protection rankings; the former scoring just 2.0 out of 6, while the latter could only muster a score of 1.5.

The Reg reports that the test found that, based on 125 samples, Windows Defender picked up on just 82% of zero-day malware attacks in January and 81% in February. Endpoint Protection was found to have performed even worse, spotting just 80% and 83% over the two months.

Both security applications did perform better at detecting “widespread and prevalent” malware, Windows Defender scoring 98% and 99% in the first two months of this year and Endpoint Protection scoring a consistent 98% over both months. However, those scores will do little to fill users with confidence, given that protection against malware should be 100%.

Investing in extra protection

While Microsoft has argued that the AV-Test testing methods use malware samples that “don't represent what our customers encounter,” what the German firm has shown is that Windows users should not fully rely on Microsoft products to protect machines from infection.

It is important that every Windows user invests in extra security protection, and the best way to do this is through Cloud Web Security. ITWiser’s Cloud Web Security software is the most advanced in the business, protecting machines both on and off the network and using the latest in antivirus software to block all spyware, malware and malicious content – picking up on what Microsoft doesn’t.

You can find out more about Cloud Web Security by clicking on this link.

The Register