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Windows 7 Security

According to Microsoft, "Windows 7 improves security, reliability and performance while helping to optimize the management of PCs." sounding terms such as Kernel Patch Protection, Data Execution Prevention, Address Space Layout Randomization, and Mandatory Integrity Levels good, but go the propaganda about Vista Start too much security, and much of its promise has not materialized. Will Windows 7 be better to live up to the hype?

rue the goals for Windows 7 sound a little less pie-in-the-sky as Vista-concept of the three pillars of the magical "Trusted Computing", or what should be. I scoped out security elements in both the beta and release candidate. Now I’ve had a chance to view the final code, to, it is clear to me that security in Windows 7 is better than in Vista but not so huge.

Not-Quite Automatic Updates

Installation of the beta and RC editions went fast because I install a clean run on a test system. Updating my production system to the final version of Windows 7 has more elbow grease. I’ve been running Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor and followed all his advice, the modernization of some programs replace Windows Mail with Windows Live Mail, and so on. The upgrade took about three hours. On the positive side, I did not have to sit in that for all time for answering questions style went with Windows XP.

Back in the beta days, I noticed that the installer me a Vista-style choice, whether you enable automatic updates in the last issue has not changed. Microsoft releases critical security patches every month, and then suppress all superstitious users to these patches are based on fear and rumors? Bad idea. Yes, the installer should "enable automatic updates. I would like to see Windows 7 configured for automatic updates to install. Let the user figure out how to turn it off! Turn off this update model of opt-in opt-out would, in one simple step to rid the world of millions of unpatched machines, succumb to any Web-based exploits and drive-by download. Maybe in Windows 8 …

Action Center

Windows 7 bleat not interfere with my Norton Internet Security 2010 installation, even with the upgrade Norton. are available Without Norton, would the new Action Center introduced me to the lack of virus protection. The old Vista Security Center firewall only monitors and anti-malware protection, automatic updates plus. The Action Center, which replaced it also reports problems with spyware protection, Internet security, User Account Control, system maintenance and much more.

The Action Center icon in the notification area replaces five separate icons found in Vista, and after the Windows 7 developer blog, should just pop up a notification for the questions that require a user action. You should no longer see pop-ups to convey simple information, no pop-up will be important and achievable. I like that!

So what’s the first thing I warned Action Center? "To install Windows updates, is planned," that’s what! He went on to say that installing updates my computer could lead to reboot. This is a true statement, but is a way to encourage users to keep their systems patched? Only I warn against any real reboot, I say.

Virus Protection

If you do not have antivirus or antispyware protection is installed, the Action Center Nag Nag and install it in to something and give it recognizes. Windows 7 recognizes almost any modern safety product if you can not know it, you can switch off, manage to find the nagging message. When the beta test began, went on the link for security software online information about a "under construction" page. At the time, rolled out, Windows 7 RC, including this page links to seven major operators compatible with beta products. At the time of security software Windows 7 page lists over 20 suppliers with compatible security products. The non-exhaustive list contains just about every major manufacturer of security solutions. For free protection try Microsoft Security Essentials 1.0, AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 9.0 or avast! Antivirus 4.8 Home Edition.

On my first day with the Windows 7 beta, I was bombarded by User Account Control pop-ups, because Microsoft was still working on taming of the annoying UAC. The final Windows 7 is definitely an improvement, if the number of pop-ups, and it also offers a better choice for the adaptation of the UAC. I’ll explore that in the next section.

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