Microsoft is taking Window security very seriously with their latest operating system, and the improvements are set to continue next year.
This time the focus is on MiTM adware — ad injection software that employ man-in-the-middle techniques will be entirely blocked in Windows. Redmond is essentially adding a new security layer to the OS in order to prevent threats of these types to reach user PCs.
Microsoft talked about this in a blog post published today, explaining that this concept creates additional risks on Windows computers as settings could be changed which users would be unable to discover without any warning or notifications.
Nevertheless, the company will make this huge change on March 31, 2016, thereby forcing all programs that employ the MiTM technique to use each browser’s extension model.
At the same time, be easily removable by the user:
“To address these and to keep the intent of our policy, we’re updating our Adware objective criteria to require that programs that create advertisements in browsers must only use the browsers’ supported extensibility model for installation, execution, disabling, and removal. The choice and control belong to the users, and we are determined to protect that.”
Redmond does say that it would provide notifications before this deadline so all developers can adjust their software to meet the new criteria. Apps that do not comply with this by March 31 will be completely blocked and removed.
There are voices that this decision is too late, but experts still believe that this technology will be helpful for Windows users.
At least, it will prevent issues like the very sneaky Lenovo Superfish affair that used the MiTM approach to display ads on user computers.