A security firm has claimed that Microsoft’s latest operating system, Windows 7, is significantly less secure out of the box than the company’s much maligned Windows Vista.
The Register is reporting that Trend Micro has criticised Windows 7’s default setup, saying that it has made compromises on the security front in the name of putting usability first. We’re all well aware by now of just how often Vista asked for permission to do things, but it seems that just getting rid of the bits of the OS that nagged people probably wasn’t the best of ideas.
Still, the lack of pop-ups when a program tried to have a look at your network connection might have been so egregiously annoying to some that it’s worthwhile to simply sacrifice a little security, but Trend Micro has some other issues with Windows 7’s default setup too. Perhaps most notable is the fact that, as noted by its CTO Raimund Genes,
“I was disappointed when I first used a Windows 7 machine that there was no warning that I had no anti-virus, unlike Vista. There are no file extension hidden warnings either. Even when you do install anti-virus, warnings that it had not been updated are almost invisible.”
Bizarrely, Genes then had a bit of a jab at Microsoft when it came to security in general, saying that this kind of move was to be expected, saying that, “When Microsoft developers choose between usability and security, they will always choose usability.” Interesting statement considering the fact that he’s just been talking about pop-ups in Windows Vista, which seemed very much to put security at the forefront…
Still, it’s an interesting read, all things considered. We’d be curious to see what Windows 7 users think of it, securitywise. If you’re using it, do drop us a line in the comments section and tell us what your experience has been so far 🙂