Security Firm Claims Win7 Less Secure than Vista


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 🙂


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4 Responses to “Security Firm Claims Win7 Less Secure than Vista”

  1. Aaron Hastings Says:

    I have been using Windows 7 now since I began college back in September, where we got it for free through the MSDN AA. I think that people these days have the common sense to install an antivirus and since shops like PC World and Currys tend to push antivirus software like McAfee, Kapersky and Norton on people at the tills (not saying that that’s a good thing), most intelligent Windows users are running some form of basic antivirus.

    I believe Windows 7 has the perfect balance of UAC warnings and general popups, whereas Windows Vista bugged most intensive users into turning it off altogether. Windows 7 might be less secure out of the box, but only for people who don’t know what they’re doing.

  2. Spoofy Says:

    This is only the first shot of a long drawn out battle of who can get the most advocates to say their OS is better; its happened before, it’ll happen again, and frankly I’m tired of it.

    The majority of windows problems is caused by users; I am admittedly a pro user, however I haven’t run anti-virus in many years, and haven’t needed to do so because I watch my habits online and offline.

    I’m not surprised at all that Win7 is by-default more insecure, Vista users complained endlessly when having their hands tied, for legitimate reasons.

    Its about getting a balance of usability and security, Microsoft will always side with usability, but I think they did well with Windows 7.

    • komplettie Says:

      Certainly there’s an attitude that a lot of people’s issues with Windows, security or otherwise, are attributable to the old PICNIC acronym.

      Computer 😉

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