After installing Windows 8 using Boot Camp 5 on my MacBook Pro (Mountain Lion), do I need to worry about virus protection, increased vulnerability, etc. on either side?
All of the following pursuades me NOT to go with an installation of Windows 8 on my MacBook. I guess nothing can replace one's own research.
Report from CNET Reveals Windows 8 Defender Fail:
"However, according to performance test results from respected independent software labs, Defender is no match for the best antivirus for Windows 8 products: Bitdefender Antivirus Plus, Kaspersky Anti-Virus and Norton AntiVirus. We will show you how to pick virus protection and we invite you to read articles about antivirus software for Windows 8."
Quote from NotebookReview.com: http://www.notebookreview.com/default.asp?newsID=6624
"Microsoft has said that Defender on Windows 8 provides an acceptable minimum level of protection, and that it will disable itself automatically if another antivirus suite is installed (such as a Norton , McAfee, or Kaspersky suite, for example). As I see it, this is essentially the same as saying that it would be best to have a full-fledged third-party suite aboard, but that Defender will also keep you covered to an extent."
"What Microsoft has done is create a MINIMUM bar that all paid vendors need to exceed," IDC analyst Charles Kolodgy said by email." (caps mine)
"November 08, 2012 â€” Network World â€” Windows 8 hasn't even been on sale for a month yet but is already the recipient of three critical security updates via Microsoft's monthly Patch Tuesday security bulletins, each of which will block flaws that allow remote execution of code on targeted machines.
That means flaws in the operating system can be exploited by an attacker without the user of the machine executing a program or opening a document.
LEARN: The Windows 8 FAQA
WINDOWS 8 SECURITY: A no-brainerA
While the new operating system has been designed to be significantly more secure than its predecessors, it still contains legacy code from earlier operating systems, which may contribute to the problem, says Marcus Carey, a security researcher at Rapid 7."