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Windows 8 PCs Labelled Untrustworthy
Windows 8 launched late last year and introduced a new touch-optimised interface that was designed to improve productivity and change the way in which we use computer operating systems. Microsoft also packed in a host of new features including built-in anti-virus software; however, it seems that, for all of its good points, using Windows 8 can put systems at risk of hacking.
According to a report published recently by The Register, authorities at Germany's Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) have said that Windows 8 is so vulnerable to hackers that businesses and government should avoid using it.
Files released by German publication Die Zeit, reveal that officials fear that the data of German users is not secure due to the operating system’s Trusted Computing technology - a set of specifications and protocols that relies on every computer having a unique cryptographic key built into the hardware that's used to dictate what software can be run. It was later clarified by the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) that it was not only the Trusted Computing specs, but also the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) hardware chip working in conjunction with it that was to blame.
Trusted Computing is developed by a range of top computing companies and is designed to stop the use of software and files that do not have the correct digital rights permissions, including ‘unauthorised operating systems’ – a function of Secure Bot, which is designed to protect users from malware and rootkits, but has come under fire in the past for allegedly stifling the competition.
The TPM 2.0 chip is being fitted into more and more computers running Windows 8 and is seen as being more invasive than older versions. The German Ministry of Economic Affairs previously warned of ‘the loss of full sovereignty over information technology’ and that, ‘the security objectives of confidentiality and integrity are no longer guaranteed’. This is in relation to TPM 2.0 being under the control of the vendor (Microsoft), thus theoretically putting user data at risk of being accessed by US intelligence.
The Register reported that the documents advised that Windows 7 is safe for use for at least seven more years, but the Trusted Computing protocols that Windows 8 uses is so tied up that it makes it ‘unfit for use’.
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The German warning is just another in a long line of clear examples that demonstrate that computers, while essential in business operations, can never be fully trusted and users should always have measures in place to protect their sensitive data. Fortunately, this can be achieved with the help of ITWiser and our comprehensive cloud web security and cloud online backup solutions, which are developed by security experts to keep your data safe from prying hackers and protected in the event of a system disaster.
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