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6 Modern Security Tools for Windows 8

Christian Cawley 04-07-2014

Prefer to manage your safety on Windows 8 Five Tips For Managing Your Security In Windows 8.1 Read More without accessing the desktop? Various modern apps can help you control security-related settings and tools, including data shredding tools and password managers to consoles providing access to your installed security suite.


Windows 8 Modern Security: What’s The Point?

Windows 8 tablets and touch-enabled hybrid devices, such as the Microsoft Surface Pro series, are just as prone to malware attacks and other threats as your desktop computer. Meanwhile, most security-related settings and tools Native Security and Privacy Options For Windows 8.1 Explained Windows 8.1 security and privacy features include anti-malware, automatic device encryption, or built-in fingerprint reader support. We show you how to make your touch-first tablet, traditional PC, or other Windows 8.1 device more secure. Read More  are still controlled via the desktop and maneuvering those menus on a tiny touch screen can be cumbersome.

Fortunately, the Windows 8 store offers a wealth of security-related apps. They allow you to control settings and tools from the modern user interface, which is much more convenient. Here are the apps we think you should use to manage your online and personal security in Windows 8.


Password Managers

If you’re looking for an app to securely manage your passwords, the best place to start is with an app from a company with a good reputation, one that you can rely upon to produce a decent password storage solution.

LastPass is our password manager of choice 5 Best LastPass Alternatives to Manage Your Passwords Many people consider LastPass to be the king of password managers; it's packed with features and boasts more users than any of its competitors -- but it's far from being the only option! Read More , providing a secure vault for passwords, credit card and other details, complete with auto-complete features.



The Windows 8 Modern version is similar to the popular browser plugin and has the browser built into it. Note that it doesn’t have the facility to manage other apps, modern or otherwise, meaning you’ll need to continue using the desktop app for that feature.

Data Shredders

Cleaning data securely, thereby making it almost impossible to retrieve, has become a popular demand. Until recently, only corporations and government departments were required to securely delete data from storage devices to avoid sensitive data from falling into the wrong hands. With the Snowden revelations What Is PRISM? Everything You Need to Know The National Security Agency in the US has access to whatever data you're storing with US service providers like Google Microsoft, Yahoo, and Facebook. They're also likely monitoring most of the traffic flowing across the... Read More , more people feel the need to follow these security standards.

No longer the province of the paranoid, data shredding apps are seen as a vital addition to your computer security arsenal.



Shredder 8 should be your first stop on Windows 8 when you decide it is time to obliterate the data on a particular partition or device. Using U.S DoD 5220.22-M, British HMG IS5 (Enhanced), Russian GOST P50739-95, German VSITR and quick shred algorithms, this free app is capable of cleaning up “deleted” data on any writable storage, such as hard disk drives, SSD and flash drives, as well as shredding existing files and folders.

Does it work? I don’t know, I’ve accidentally deleted my OS. Only joking – you can’t do that with Shredder 8, but you can obliterate data and from the checks I’ve made so far using data retrieval tools like TestDisk and PhotoRec Recover Accidentally Deleted Files From Any OS With PhotoRec [Windows, Mac, & Linux] In June I switched over from a combination of Windows and Linux to pretty much using OS X solely, and being largely familiar with Windows software (and painfully aware of the lack of many Linux... Read More , the data remains destroyed.

Password Generation

Setting a secure password, consisting of random characters, is a popular way to keep your online accounts from being compromised. While you can manually create a secure password you can remember 6 Tips For Creating An Unbreakable Password That You Can Remember If your passwords are not unique and unbreakable, you might as well open the front door and invite the robbers in for lunch. Read More , if you’re looking for something that can quickly create a reasonably secure password without having to think about it, Better Password is a good choice.



Offering a simple UI, Better Password is free and allows you to select from 5-15 characters and toggle whether the password will include special characters (punctuation and numeric symbols). If the password is required immediately, you can copy the characters into the field you’re filling in.

Network Monitoring

Need to find out more about your local network Monitor Your Network and Watch Your Bandwidth With NetworkMiner When your Internet connection slows down to slow motion, it's not always the ISP's fault. The culprit could be in your house! Let's see how you can identify it. Read More , but don’t have time to open a command prompt or launch a desktop app that will give you the information?

What’s IP Pro is a useful network monitoring toolkit, enabling you to see what devices are on your network. It also provides tools such as DNS lookup, port scans and network usage graphs.



Taking full advantage of the Windows 8 Modern interface, What’s IP Pro also offers a configurable live tile that will inform you when your network conditions have changed.

Available with a seven day trial, What’s IP Pro can be purchased for £1.69 on the Windows 8 Store.

Surveillance Apps

Running a PC-based home security network? If so, you may need a quick and easy way to login and see what is happening around your property. A common solution for Windows computers is iSpy, and iSpyUI is a free app designed to access the iSpy system.


With just a few clicks you can view cameras, playback recordings and listen to audio direct from your home. The app is available free for use across your LAN, but an iSpy subscription is required for remote access from the Internet.

Touch Consoles For Desktop Security Suites

So far we haven’t mentioned any security suites. That’s because actually, there aren’t any (see below). However, that isn’t to say that big names like Norton, McAfee and Kaspersky aren’t present in the Windows 8 Store.


Rather, each of these big names in desktop computer security have opted to provide users with free touch-friendly consoles, enabling access to some functions of the desktop utilities already installed. McAfee Central, Norton Studio and Kaspersky Now are available to install as Windows 8 Modern apps, although to avoid confusion you should note that there are some desktop apps available in the store, so these may also be listed.

Touch Security Apps For Windows 8: What’s Missing

As you might have noticed from the list of apps above, there are a few notable omissions in the collection of security tools for Windows 8 Windows 8 Is The Most Secure Version Yet: Here’s Why Read More . Anti-malware, antivirus and firewalls apps are conspicuous by their absence.

This is a little disconcerting, but it isn’t something you should be overly concerned about. As long as you have a firewall setup, an antivirus/anti-malware solution with live scanning and keep your system tidy with apps like CCleaner Optimize Your System To Run At Its Best With CCleaner Over the last two years, CCleaner has changed quite a bit in terms of version numbers...up now to version 3.10 at the time of this writing. While visually the program actually hasn't changed much (it's... Read More (useful for erasing persistent tracker cookies), you shouldn’t have any need for touch-friendly access to your system’s security settings.

If you do, you can use a console like those described above.

Are you using any of these apps on your Windows 8 computer or tablet? Do you find the lack of anti-virus apps in the Windows Store disconcerting? Let us know in the comments.

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  1. Ab
    July 8, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    Great tip! will love to! considering you MAKEUSEOF your "defender Hate" (it seems) to propagate misinformation! I was genuinely asking you for info or a way to find how defender fails, and not for a list of patches which has provides no justification for your theory.

    So if you come up with something better than just patch history, enlighten us and we'll listen to reason ...

    #MAKEBETTERUSEOF this forum!

    • Christian C
      July 8, 2014 at 5:26 pm

      There is no misinformation here. You asked for confirmation that it was risky to rely on Windows Defender as your sole security tool. I offered you documentary evidence of past vulnerabilities.

      At no point have I told you not to use Windows Defender.

      And don't dare accuse me or the site of "hate". We're here to help and have fulfilled that side of the deal. How you use the information is up to you.

      Oh, and here's a link that should provide fascinating reading on Windows Defender's inadequacies compared to other products.

      I shall not be responding to any further comments on this matter, Ab.

  2. Ab
    July 7, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    Not sure why you state "antivirus and firewalls apps are conspicuous by their absence", this is available and activated by default !

  3. Evan
    July 7, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    If you're already recommending LastPass, then there's no need for a password generator. LastPass has a password generator built in. You can toggle numbers and special characters on and off, and you can generate a password between 4 and 100 characters. That's much more robust than Better Password, and one less app to install.

    • Christian C
      July 7, 2014 at 7:58 pm

      Evan - we wouldn't expect our readers to install all of these apps, but you make a good point, thanks for sharing.

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    July 5, 2014 at 2:11 am

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  5. tori
    July 4, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    I think the backup is the most important aspect left out here...

    I use both a Qnap Nas at home for quick storage (2 discs raid 1) , and also a cloud backup from Dupplica online backup .

    I think both are great to have . The dupplica online backup is a life saver also for its amazing price.