'Share Charm' in Spotlight in New Windows 8 Ad; Tips for Hack-Proof Windows Store Apps; Windows 8 Security Tools Explained

A new Microsoft Windows 8 television commercial labled as "Share The Love" showing off the sharing capabilities of the new operating system. The video bring the built-in Share Charm works in the spotlight."The Share charm is a convenient way to share links, photos, and info without leaving the app you're in. You can share with […]

A new Microsoft Windows 8 television commercial labled as "Share The Love" showing off the sharing capabilities of the new operating system. The video bring the built-in Share Charm works in the spotlight.

"The Share charm is a convenient way to share links, photos, and info without leaving the app you're in. You can share with one or two people at a time, or update your entire social network. Just swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Share. (If you're using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and then click Share.)"

Windows 8 Share Charm

Also, available is a new FAQ providing more information on the Share charm.

In other Windows 8 news, after a Nokia engineer deomstrated how easy it is to crack Windows Store apps, Microsoft in its effort to teach developers how to create apps that cannot be cracked just share some tips and resources.

"Just as they have with other platforms, hackers are proposing ways to compromise the integrity of apps, which can have lots of negative consequences to the system and the customer experience. We have taken a variety of extra measures to help harden Windows 8," a Microsoft spokesperson said.

"Now, we'd like to talk specifically about safe and secure apps, and how you can help enable customer confidence with your app. Implementing security best practices into your app is essential for building customer confidence and delighting customers over time. Fortunately, common security best practices are straight-forward, and it's not difficult to add security protections to your app. Apps also run in the context of a unique app container that helps insulate it and its data from other apps. App containers provide a dedicated environment for your app, including your own store for data and settings," Microsoft wrote.

"Windows 8 and Visual Studio 2012 provide a set of APIs, controls, and tools to minimize possible app vulnerabilities and mitigate common security problems. While no platform is perfect, we are confident that the combination of elements will enable you to build awesome apps, and that the platform will continue to improve over time," the company added.

If you're interested in information about app security, check out the Developing Secure Apps White paper, the Starter Kit for the Security Development Lifecycle and the Security Development Center for the latest information. And, this post for the tips and best practices.

While Windows 7 represented as the most secure version of Windows at the time, Windows 8 has been deemed as the most secured operating system on the market as on today.

With Windows 8, "security remains a high priority investment area and with it we've delivered a broad range of new capabilities that address the top security needs and threats that you're facing today," Micorosoft stated.

"We have taken a variety of extra measures to help harden Windows 8," the company said.

Adding, "With security remaining one of the main concerns, so, the company is kicking off a series of blog posts to provide a deeper dive on the investments made in Windows 8 security--with more posts coming in the weeks and months to come."

"Windows 8 features like Secure and Trusted Boot keeps the system completely immune to bootkits and rootkits types of malware. Windows 8 is thus capable of providing better security against malware, with the inclusion of significantly improved version of Windows Defender available in each edition to protect from all types of malware, including viruses, worms, bots and rootkits," according to microsoft.

BitLocker and BitLocker to Go, encryption solutions, are also part of the new operating system. "To enable this, Windows 8 includes Data Only Encryption, which allows BitLocker to encrypt just the portions of the disk that contain data. This can reduce encryption times from hours to minutes in many cases. Data Only Encryption is a great enhancement, but wouldn't it be great if provisioning encryption didn't take any time? Encrypted Hard Drives, a new type of Self-Encrypting Drive (SED), will do just that," Microsoft explains.

Microsoft also added strong multi-factor authentication, called as the "Virtual Smart Card," that literally turn TPM enabled PC into a smartcard and because it's all implemented in software it's easy to deploy and manage.

Another new feature called "Dynamic Access Control (DAC)," enables access to resources controlled through the use of rules that operate on user and device properties (e.g. department, location, title, access level, etc.).