Microsoft touts security measures of Windows Threshold
Named Threshold for its next version of OS, Microsoft has made serious measures to tighten the security aspect of the operating system after several hacking incidents made the headlines due to poor security at various levels of the internet and PC environments.
Recent statistics say that at least 2 billion people are online every day regularly and it is a goldmine for identity thieves as several of them are naïve and ignorant about security opening doors for them to waltz in and take whatever information they want. However, Microsoft has shown concern to this by ramping up security for its next version of the OS.
It has also expressed its interest and intention of changing the single factor authentication like the use of a single instance of password or a PIN to sign into accounts to two factor authentication wherein the user needs to have a password and acknowledge it by a different means making it difficult to break into any network or PC. Although the company has already discussed the security aspects of the latest version of its OS, those who are using Windows 10 Technical Preview do not get the opportunity to use any of these.
Enabling the feature will let users enroll their devices such as PCs, tablets and phones running the OS to authenticate using a PIN or fingerprint. While the PIN can be a combination of alphanumeric characters and not like the standard numeric PIN that comes to mind when it is heard, a breach will make the efforts to hack a device ineffective as the hardware will be rendered inoperable without the PIN.
The company has also expressed interest in beefing up security for enterprise customers with two new features that will protect the corporate data on devices their employees own and offering encryption for the APIs of common Windows controls.