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Is Windows RT as secure as it should be?

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Is Windows RT as secure as it should be?
Although Windows RT looks a lot like Windows 8, there is one pretty significant difference between the two. While the latter version of the platform is compatible with all the Windows apps and games that are currently available, RT can only run apps that are specifically made for it. For now, Windows RT apps can be downloaded only from the Windows Marketplace, where about 10,000 of them are being offered.

But because of this app distributing model, software made for Windows RT should be more secure and resistant to hacks, right? Well, not exactly. While Microsoft does have a better control over what applications are being published, they aren't that hard to tamper with once they are installed. The proof comes from a developer who managed to hack a game and get extra gold for his character (screenshot below). What makes this hack such a big deal, however, is that all the gold he added actually costs about $100 of real-world currency.

Now, we know that this is just an isolated case, but it does raise some serious questions: are all Windows RT apps vulnerable to hacks? Are they a potentially easy target for software pirates? Well, we'll have to wait and see what the future holds.

source: Microsoft News

Is Windows RT as secure as it should be?

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posted on 05 Nov 2012, 07:26 2

1. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2287; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)

Let the hacking, begin :-)

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 07:27 1

2. jove39 (Posts: 1979; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

MS should reward hacker...with gold worth $1000 :)

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 07:38

3. denied911 (banned) (Posts: 361; Member since: 31 May 2012)

i edited save game on some android games in text editor so no biggie

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 08:35

4. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1543; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)

I did it for my old "Baldur's Gate" savegames in Windows, but never tried in Android... Sounds fun!
But that should not be a security issue for RT, just for a particular game.

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 18:14

7. tasior (Posts: 265; Member since: 04 Nov 2012)

I agree.
It's just stupidity of a developer to keep saved game, with resources that should be bought in a text file...
Windows has nothing to do with it...

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 08:38

5. sonisoe (Posts: 435; Member since: 06 May 2009)

Rt could be msft achilles, 90% of people don't follow tech news, hence don't know that rt isn't a full pc os.. not surprised if people will be disappointed cos they think rt is the same as the normal windows 8 when they buy their devices

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 17:48

6. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 1236; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)

easy peasie just hire the hackers to patch the hacks

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