Which? Claims Windows 8 Is More Secure Than Third Party Antivirus

But are they right?

I actually found this to be quite a curious claim, especially given the fact that Microsoft’s own antivirus solution – the free Microsoft Security Essentials – has just failed to receive AV-Test certification. Again.


Well, according to Which?, Windows 8’s inbuilt security has just topped their annual security software table and they go on to say –

The security software built into Windows 8 has the right mix of keeping your computer safe from digital attacks, while also being very easy to use… It has great protection against malware, even blocking the download of malware in a zipped file. Many other packages don’t even look into zip files…. It also has a strong two-way firewall that lets you set different levels of security for different scenarios, eg in a café vs at home. All of this is packaged together as part of the Windows 8 operating system.
Jessica Moreton, which.co.uk

In the comments it is mentioned that Which? tested under Windows 8 whilst AV-Test looked at Microsoft Security Essentials on Windows 7 which may be an important point. I, however, am still very dubious about the effectiveness of an inbuilt security solution. Not least because its default popularity will make it an incredibly popular target for the bad guys.

What do you think? Would you trust your security solely to what comes packaged with Windows 8?

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Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

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