Windows 7 has 6 times more security threats than Windows 8, according to Microsoft

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It might not be at the forefront of most people's minds when choosing an OS, but protection from security threats like malware is definitely a big deal. Microsoft wants you to know: Windows 8 is the most secure version of Windows ever.

21 times more secure than Windows XP, in fact, and 6 times more secure than Windows 7.

That's probably not a big surprise given how long hackers have had to find vulnerabilities and and target those OSes; Windows XP is 12 years old and Windows 7 is 4 years old, compared to the one-year old Windows 8. I mean, Windows 8 is just an infant.

Besides that, though, Windows 8 does come with more security features. Chris Hallum, Senior Product Manager for Windows outlines those benefits in this blog post. Secure Boot, for example, prevents malware from starting as the system loads. Windows 8 also supports a new type of drive called encrypted hard drives, as well as Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0. The upcoming Windows 8.1 update will add more security features.

Okay, so these aren't mind-blowing revelations or upgrades, but every bit of additional security is a good thing, especially if you use your computer for work or own a small company. From Microsoft's infographic, this is the impact of hacking on organizations:

hacking impact on small businesses

The graphic and blog post are a not-so-subtle reminder, too, that support for Windows XP is ending on April 8, 2014.

Read more of Melanie Pinola’s Tech IT Out blog and follow the latest IT news at ITworld. Follow Melanie on Twitter at @melaniepinola. For the latest IT news, analysis and how-tos, follow ITworld on Twitter and Facebook.

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