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Vista’s Sence Of Security.

January 14th, 2006 by Patrick S

It may not match translucent frames for sexiness, but security is vital if Windows Vista is to Succeed
Microsoft is starting to claim that Vista has been designed from the ground up with security at its core.  Vista has to be industrial-strength secure, both in its home and professional versions, and to be so from day one.


In fairness to Microsoft, corralling users to stay patched and up to date has been a long and hard battle, but the tide started to turn with Service Pack 2. With Vista, expect to see a much more aggressive stance on updating. Microsoft might even manage an equally aggressive position on backup and data recovery-the new backup application is a starting point, and it’s one area that’s been notably absent from SP 2’s security centre.
SafeDocs is the current name for the all-new backup app, and it’s far more user-friendly than XP’s token backup facility. It offers fully automatic notifications. This is one of many positive steps, but a lot will depend on weather users turn on the new feature or weather Microsoft is brave enough to impose them. For example, it’s clear that the new user-management features in Vista will ensure no user uses applications with administrator privileges. Currently, many applications, including a whole raft of games, assume they have admin rights, so they could just wipe the contents of your hard disk. Vista will be able to elevate the privs of specific applications to enable them to run, but in a way that doesn’t compromise the overall system security. Well, that’s the claim. And it will apply to IE7 too-Microsoft want to run IE7 in the most limited, and as a result secure, fashion possible.


For network security, there are many changes lined up. First the firewall is going to be much stronger offering filtering for both inbound and outbound traffic, and will also provide much better management in a managed network environment.  And some of the technology on a server side will allow a machine to boot in a limited, secure fashion: so before it gets full access to the network, it can be scanned for security fixes, anti-spam and other security features. Although Windows has supported alternative and authentication engines right back to the NT days, Vista will push this to the forefront. I am guessing a big push in biometric security.
We’ll also likely see a version of the AntiSpyware program Microsoft launched in beta earlier this year bundled in the box, maybe alongside and anti-virus package too.
Finally, there’ll be a significant attempt to make Vista a smaller ‘target’ for intrusion, whether it by keyboard or the network. Gar too many services are exposed on XP and run by default. It doesn’t take much effort to shut down unnecessary services and harden the new firewall to prevent unauthorized incoming and outgoing traffic. Much work was done on this in Windows Server 2003, but has yet to spill over onto the client side.

Was thinking…yes I will -2 more posts on their way regarding vista…expect to see them in the next coming days.
That’s all for now.

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4 Responses

  1. Deansweb2004|NT Says:

    What an excellant post Patrick 🙂

    Really did enjoying reading that..

  2. Patrick S Says:

    Thanks Dean…Means alot to me…
    I will post a coupple more atticles on the Nuts and Bolts of Vista. And perhaps more on the future.
    And maybe even a review 😉

  3. Ricardo Says:

    Patrick, I cannot sence weather you wants to know how to spell. You made a coupple of mistakes in your atticle.

  4. Patrick S Says:

    Yea i know….I saw them and thought it was too hard to fix them….I am a shocking speller…Ill try harder with the next posts. (A)