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Microsoft has toned down the intentionally annoying User Account Control security feature introduced in Windows Vista. UAC is the feature that frequently prompts Vista users for permission to do something, sometimes more than once.
But security experts say the streamlined UAC in Windows 7, launched Thursday, is being shipped in a configuration that may do more harm than good, in terms of leaving your Windows 7 PC vulnerable to cyber criminals looking to take control.
“Overall Windows 7 is a big improvement and a much more secure operating system,”says Eric Voskuil, CTO of security firm BeyondTrust. "However, UAC in its default configuration is a ticking time bomb."
UAC is the feature in Vista that finally made a distinction between user-level access, needed to open files and work with data, and administrator-level access, needed to install new applications on your harddrive. From a security standpoint, user-level control is good, while administrator-level access can be very bad.
For years now i've been tweaking my OS's to my liking, once you tweak out Vista and W7, shut down services you don't need or use, you have a very quick system exactly how you like it.
Meh... linux is not all that when you want to play games and edit video.... When you look at the software/hardware support of windows vs linux, linux just doesn't compare...
Originally posted by Whine Flu
I dunno if I can be bothered making the move to Windows 7. I don't really care if it's better than Vista either. All I do with my PC is open up Firefox, listen to music and run IM programs.
For years now OS have been taking away choices from the user, and have taken over decisions which the user should be making, such as the fact that since Windows XP the OS decides when to download updates, when that should ALWAYS be a decision of the user.
You love W7? Did you not read the article I excerpted and posted here?
That thing is a timebomb, and hacker heaven as soon as they find out how to use that vulnerability, if they haven't already found it.
"It defeats the purpose of the whole system," says Voskuil. "Anybody can do whatever they want; all they need to do is get the user to launch code."
The medium setting plays directly to the strength of cyber gangs adept at tricking PC users into clicking on corrupted Web links arriving in email spam, Twitter microblog postings, Facebook messages and Google search results. The bad guys are also planting infectious launch code hidden in online advertisements display by popular Web sites, such as the New York Times.
Voskuil recommends immediately elevating your Windows 7 UAC default setting from “notify me only when programs try to make changes to my computer,” to the “always notify” setting.
Windows 7, Windows vista, and Windows XP suck in many ways imo, although windows XP is still better than windows vista, or windows 7, imo.
Go Linux. More people who do that, will get more people making the OS's that much better, and Bill Gates will finally stop making crap that wants to take over computers like a rubber monster in a cheesy sci fi flick. Or go broke, one of the 2.
The point is that OS shouldn't be set up the way they are, they should be more user friendly from the get-go,
and the PC itself should have a small tutorial with most of the awnsers, instead of having to look for awnsers online.
s, and less user-friendly with time instead of the reverse?....
Do you work for microsoft or something that you seem to take offence at the fact that the OSs have become less