Re: Win8 Safeguarding series critiques wanted
Who's the target audience for this lot supposed to be?
It feels like you're aiming it at totally novices, yet the advice spans from really basic things to quite advanced things in a very short space of times. You also reference a number of terms without explaining what they are.
Pick your target audience and either explain the terms you're using and what the utilities you're using (like Group Policy) are and what they do better, or change the tone of the videos so it doesn't feel like you're talking to someone who's never installed Windows before.
My next criticism is that your opening statement in the first video is false.
Windows 8 (Pro or otherwise) on it's own with no extra security software is not better security than you can buy from any third party. Sure it's more secure out of the box than any previous edition of Windows, but there are many third party security tools that are better than what's included.
"Windows Defender" in Windows 8 is not even as good as security essentials, as you say its "more like" MSE than the old Windows Defender and is certainly not a terrible product but if you look at the core components of it you'll see there are some missing compared to MSE on Windows 7.
Hence why there are a number of guides on how to install MSE on Windows 8, despite it not being officially supported.
Windows Firewall hasn't changed significantly in Windows 8 apart from some of the default rules, and is still the bizarre and sometimes ineffective bag of crap it used to be.
If you have a firewall that detects a new program accessing the network asks if you want to allow it, while still giving the application network access before you've actually responded to the prompt, it is not doing it's job properly.
There are any number of free firewall programs that are better and easily available.
I also find it strange that you simply suggest installing Java with no warning. Java is becoming less prevalent on popular internet websites, but seems to have a new major security hole announced every week. Frankly I personally strongly suggest to the average user not to install it unless they actually have a need of it.
Part 3 is titled "BIOS or UEFI", yet makes no real reference to UEFI. Perhaps briefly explain what it is and the differences between the two.
If this series of videos is aimed at total novices is it wise to advise them to set a BIOS password? Sure it's a security measure but what if they forget the password? You make no mention of the implications of that, which can be quite serious on systems like Sony and Dell laptops where the BIOS password cannot be reset if forgotten.
On a more positive note, the section on configuring Group Policy is not bad, and provides some useful advice that most users would not come across ordinarily. It even has some things I would not of thought of doing on a home PC, and I'm fairly familiar with using GP in a domain setting.
The idea behind these videos is good, but they're a bit vague as to who they're aimed at and lack details and explanation in certain areas.