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How does Windows 8's Microsoft Account authentication work?

One of the new features to Windows 8 is the ability to log in to your PC using your credentials from a Microsoft Account. How is this implemented, and what steps are taken to prevent hijacking of ...
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How secure is the Windows 8 included Anti Virus known as Windows Defender?

How secure is the new Windows 8 anti virus known as Windows Defender? Does it have a protection against malware which uses UAC bypass/process injection/rootkits/process persistence/running the binary ...
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IE on Windows 2012 doesn't show certificate or lock icon despite using HTTPS

Can anyone explain why IE on Windows 2012 doesn't show the lock icon despite using HTTPS when visiting the following site? https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/default.aspx I am able to see the lock ...
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2answers
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Auditing EXEs to ensure buffer overflow protections are in place? (such as SEHOP, ASLR, and DEP)

According to this answer, it's possible to compile a GCC-based application without certain buffer overflow techniques. Perhaps this is even possible with Visual Studio. How can I audit a given EXE ...
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4answers
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How secure is Windows 8's Picture Password login?

The final Windows 8 build has been released to manufacturing. One of the new features of Windows 8 is "Picture Password", where the end user logs on to Windows by clicking a specific pattern on the ...
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Further potential problems with Windows 8 SmartScreen

Some research was recently published that showed that Windows 8's SmartScreen feature sends certain details about every single application that you install to Microsoft. Ignoring the obvious privacy ...