About Windows 7 and its Security
Like with any other Operating Systems (OSs), it is necessary for Windows users to install security software (and keep it updated) in order to help protect themselves and their computers from viruses, malware, spyware, and other security threats.
On the Web, there are many Windows 7 security freeware applications for downloading; but before proceeding, it is a good idea to first know if it comes from a reliable source or company.
Also, to ensure a product is compatible with Windows 7, check for the logo (as shown to the left), or check Microsoft's Windows Compatibility Center.
Windows 7 Security Features
Windows 7 already comes with its own computer security measures, as well as an improved backup solution and improved parental controls. It also features...
- A built-in firewall (Hint: To check for the firewall status, see the Action Center in the Control Panel)
- Windows Defender (spyware protection)
- BitLocker (applying encryption to protect files)
Benefits: Microsoft’s latest OS, Windows 7, has its advantages for PC users. For example, it has more features and is more secure when compared with Vista and XP. It has a lot of drivers available too, and will not use a lot of RAM or CPU memory to run.
Advise: For those who have yet to upgrade their PC operating system to Windows 7, you may just want to because "[b]efore the year is over, the current flavor of Windows is expected to show up on 42 percent of all PCs globally. Further, Gartner's latest research shows that 94 percent of all new computers shipped this year will come with Windows 7, leading to almost 635 million new Windows 7 PCs in 2011 alone."* Besides, more and more security freeware is and will be compatible with Windows 7. For those users in need of Microsoft’s latest OS, there is Windows 7 Enterprise and Windows 7 Home Premium available.