Windows 7 Released and Security Concern

Tuesday, November 17, 2009 ·

Whatever you do? How much you are protected but the threat is always there. Even Windows 7 Released which has been gone through various experiments but no doubt security concern is always there. Since in today’s life we are so much addicted and dependent to Internet that was never before, from entertainment on YouTube to online trading from credit card, everywhere we are suspect of being hacked.

What we can do we can minimize the threat from our end. Firewall & Windows Live essential has been an inbuilt feature of Windows 7 Released.

As with Vista, the basic settings for the Windows 7 firewall are accessed via the Control Panel applet. Unlike Vista, you can also access the advanced settings (including configuration of filtering for outbound connections) through the Control Panel instead of having to create an empty MMC and add a snap-in. Just click the Advanced Settings link in the left panel, as shown in Figure 1.

In many cases, greater usability hinges on small changes and Microsoft has been listening to users and incorporated some of those "little things that count" into the Windows 7 firewall. For example, in Vista when you created firewall rules, you had to list port numbers and IP addresses individually. Now you can specify ranges, which shaves time off of the performance of this common administrative task.

You can also create connection security rules that specify which ports or protocols are subject to IPsec requirements right there in the firewall console, instead of having to use the netsh command. For those who prefer the GUI, this is a handy improvement.

The connection security rules also support dynamic encryption. That means that if a server gets an unencrypted (but authenticated) message from a client computer, a security association can be negotiated "on the fly" to require encryption, making for more secure communications.

The Vista firewall can be configured to log events to a file (by default, Windows\System32\LogFiles\Firewall\pfirewall.log). In Windows 7 Released, the events are also logged in the Event Viewer's Applications and Services section, making it easier to access.

Apart from the inbuilt feature of Windows 7 Released you need some specific antivirus to comeover online threat. There are huge number of Software player who are in this Security product manufacting like AVG, PANDA, BITDEFENDER, BULLGUARD, KASPERSKY and many more Some important compatible Anti-Virus packages are AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 9.0, Norton 360 Version 3.0, CA Internet Security Suit Plus 2010. Before getting installed anything make sure there compatibility is there with Windows 7 Released

Beware some companies use products that appear to be antivirus programs to install viruses or malware on your computer. When you install the program, you might also be installing the virus or other malware, without knowing it. Many companies, including those listed on this page, distribute antivirus programs. You should carefully investigate the source of antivirus and other products before downloading and installing them.

The companies listed with Windows 7 Compatibility Center provide consumer security software that is compatible with Windows 7.

Note: Before you install antivirus software, check to make sure you don't already have an antivirus software on your computer. If you do, be sure to uninstall the product you don't want before you install the new one. This may cause problem if you have two antivirus program on your system at a same time.