Windows 7 Security – Inflated by PC World
The tone of the article begins to take shape right from the very first paragraph:
Until now, Windows Vista was the most secure version of the Windows operating system. Windows 7 picks up where Vista left off, and improves on that foundation to provide an even more secure computing experience. Microsoft also incorporated user feedback about Vista to enrich the user experience and to ensure that the security features are intuitive and user-friendly. Here’s a look at some of the more significant security enhancements in Windows 7.
Meanwhile, after a week of extensive testing, the CRN Test Center found that users of Windows Vista and Windows XP are equally at risk to viruses and exploits and that overall Vista brings only marginal security advantages over XP. From the CRN review, “One of Microsoft’s big promises with Vista was a more secure operating system. But when stripped to the bare bones and thrown into the wild, wild Web, Vista’s security failed to impress Test Center engineers.”
Yet according to PC World, microsoft developed Windows 7 as it did with Windows Vista, according to the Security Development Lifecycle. It built the new OS from the ground up to be a secure computing environment and retained the key security features that helped protect Vista, such as Kernel Patch Protection, Data Execution Prevention, Address Space Layout Randomization, and Mandatory Integrity Levels. But do these features provide a strong foundation to guard against malicious software and other attacks, or is this just typical butt kissing, microsoft inflating? I think it’s just more microsoft spin; about as real as “Reality TV”, probably about as real as the balloon boy was.