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Windows® 8.1 Inside Out by Tony Northrup

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Chapter 19. Windows, application, and network security

Microsoft designs all its software according to the “secure by default” security principle. This is a deep philosophy that has required completely changing the way developers create software. Put simply, Microsoft software is designed to leave fresh installs in a state that should protect them from common threats.

Note that I say common threats. Windows 8.1 can’t possibly protect you from every threat. For example, someone might see you type your password by looking over your shoulder, or someone might break into your house and steal your PC.

Secure by default, like all practical ...

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