Windows 10 security thoughts…

Have you tried to upgrade to Windows 10 – easy isn’t it! The simple and straightforward process has some security issues you should be aware of.

At the end of the installation, the system requests account passwords. Once entered by the user, Windows 10 finishes installing and prepares the hard drive for use. However, it does not prompt for a second password entry before showing the desktop. If the user leaves the installation unattended thereafter, data can be accessed by anyone who happens to walk by!

Not a serious risk you might think, but we believe it is certainly something to be aware of. Home installations of Windows 10 are unlikely to be at risk, but in the office who knows. Most users do not remain with their computers through the entire upgrade/installation process. Where there are multiple computer users in one location, this may be enough to allow temporary file and application access to unauthorized users. For administrator accounts, the vulnerability is especially significant.

Basically if you do not leave the upgrade process unattended, there is no problem. Make sure the process completes and then log out or shut down. Any attempt to reboot will require a password before allowing access to data.

As with all passwords, choose something secure with a mix of uppercase and lowercase letters, symbols, and numbers. Make sure it is random and not based on a word or term. If you decide to change your password during the upgrade, this will help keep data secure as you explore the new features of the Windows 10 operating system. To change passwords simply press Ctrl + Alt + Delete and click ‘Change a Password.’