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Tue Jan 30, 2007 1:50 pm Reply and quote this post
Vista is 'more secure' says Gates

Windows Vista is "dramatically more secure than any other operating system released", Microsoft founder Bill Gates has told BBC News.

Mr Gates said the security features in the new operating system were reason enough to upgrade from Windows XP.

Microsoft launched Vista in London, with more than 100m computers predicted to be using it within 12 months.

Mr Gates also defended the pricing of Vista, which is twice as expensive in Europe compared to the US.

Microsoft Updates Vista Before Roll-out
Microsoft released several updates to Windows Vista Monday, the day before the new operating system debuted for consumers and landed on retail shelves. None of the updates were security fixes.

The five updates for the 32-bit version of Vista -- one was immediately replaced Tuesday with an update to the update -- fix difficulties installing the OS on PCs with more than 3GB of memory, troubles connecting with a VPN (Virtual Private Network) server, and performance problems with Internet Explorer 7 and its anti-phishing feature.

The largest of the five updates, however, is one that addresses incompatibility issues for a host of applications and games, ranging from Adobe's PhotoShop to Zoo Tycoon. Multiple Microsoft titles -- Microsoft Money, Outlook 2003 -- are also on the list. Others of note include Opera 9.02, IBM Rescue and Recovery with Rapid Restore, Roxio Easy Media Creator 7.5, and RealPlayer.

Users should not only expect a steady clip of updates to Vista, said a Gartner analyst, but they should actively sniff them out.

"Once you get a new machine, you should connect to Windows Update to get security updates, even if no driver updates are required. You should also familiarize yourself with whatever facility the PC manufacturer provides for driver updates and see if they have any updates," said Gartner research vice president Steve Kleynhans in an online note.

Vista users can retrieve any necessary updates via the operating system's built-in Windows Update feature. Alternately, they can download them from the Microsoft Web site.

The first scheduled security updates after the consumer release of Vista are pegged for Feb. 13.

The download include fixes for installing the OS on PCs with more than 3GB of memory, troubles connecting with a VPN, and performance issues in IE 7.

Haha! Security Updates already!

PC World has gone VIsta Mad, as has Ebuyer

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Tue Jan 30, 2007 1:54 pm Reply and quote this post
lol the bbc are having a love affair with microsoft, I do find funny that the security updates have already started to roll out :p

Oh well i suppose if Microsoft wants to turn over a new leaf they have to be pretty hot on security.

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Wed Jan 31, 2007 12:10 pm Reply and quote this post
COnsidering they spent 5 years on it, security should have been overhauled... the system should have been overhauled to wipe the slate clean, however this would mean little backwards compatability with XP programs; so its a bit of a dillema.

However: Vista exploits and vulnerabilities are starting to turn up on discussion boards where such things are traded and developed. So far most have been only experimental and none seem to have been tried in the wild. wrote:
Academics are also publishing papers on weaknesses in the security technologies inside Vista.

Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer at F-Secure. wrote:

It's dramatically more secure than, say, Windows 3.x, Windows 95, Windows NT, Windows 2000 or Windows XP,"
However, it's fundamentally not more secure than operating systems like FreeBSD, QNX, AS/400 etc

Whatever could be done, Microsoft was market leader will always be targeted  

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Wed Jan 31, 2007 12:14 pm Reply and quote this post
anything is hackable (software that is). Me thinks it will just take abit longer for the hackers to do it last time unlike microsofts predessors.

Although problem is 100's of anti hack, spyware etc etcetc companies are finding it incredibly hard to make there software function with Vista.

The Future is microsof vista  but teh future is hackable lol.

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Tue Jan 29, 2008 1:26 pm Reply and quote this post
I didn't trust Vista's securty when it asks me whether or notusing  a control panel option is safe or not - so I never trustedit.  Besides, how is asking if running a program going to stop avirus?  Seriously, MS did NOT think this through.  Theirsecurity feature is as useless as Norton or McAfee.  Oh and 1 more thing - when Gates said that Vista would be more secure than any other OS, thats obviously a lie.  First of all, there is no such thing as a virus for DOS so clearly that is more secure.  If you want to get into more modern OSes, Unix would be the winner, seeing as how there are only 10 known viruses for it. Since Vista still has the Windows kernel, at least 1/100th of the previous 300,000,000+ viruses would still affect it.
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