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Windows 7 less secure than Vista

Windows 7 less secure than Vista

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According to top security firm Trend Micro Windows 7 is actually less secure than Vista, with ‘out of the box’ settings. Microsoft are arguing the findings.

Trend Micro CTO Raimund Genes has stated that the default Windows 7 configuration is less secure as it “sacrifices security for usability”.

“I’m not saying Windows 7 is insecure, but out of the box Vista is better,” Genes told The Register. The reason for the claims are that the User Account Control (UAC) has been toned down for Windows 7.

“I was disappointed when I first used a Windows 7 machine that there was no warning that I had no anti-virus, unlike Vista,” Genes said. “There are no file extension hidden warnings either. Even when you do install anti-virus, warnings that it has not been updated are almost invisible. Windows 7 may be an improvement in terms of useability but in terms of security it’s a mistake, though one that isn’t that surprising. When Microsoft’s developers choose between usability and security, they will always choose useability,”

Microsoft were under pressure to make changes to the UAC feature because the technology annoyed even the most patient of end user when it was introduced with Vista and Microsoft Executives even ended up calling the system a “User Annoyance Control”.

Are you guys happy with UAC on Windows 7 or do you prefer the more intrusive version in Windows Vista? Personally I always disable UAC with a fresh install of either Operating System so I would assume most of the DriverHeaven audience feel the same, but perhaps im wrong.

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