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Windows 7: Have we lost the battle for desktop security?


10 May 2010   #1
JMH

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
 
 
Have we lost the battle for desktop security?

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We hear the warnings everywhere these days. Don't click on links from unknown sources, don't open attachments unless you know their contents, don't friend strangers on Facebook, and so many more. It's safe to say that the average Internet user is more aware of the dangers they face online than they were 10 years ago. But is user education going to be enough?

Threatpost reports that Jeremiah Grossman, CTO of Whitehat Security, believes that we have indeed lost the war for desktop security. Citing a policy that many large-scale and high profile companies are implementing, that every PC should and will be considered compromised, he infers that "the good guys have ceded victory in the desktop security battle." Considering the breadth and scope of the Internet, a statement like that can't be taken lightly.
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Neowin.net - Have we lost the battle for desktop security?

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10 May 2010   #2

Windows 7 & Windows Vista Ultimate
 
 

Well, I haven't given up the battle. As we see more and more people move away from Windows XP to Windows 7, I expect to see improvements as well. Further, reading Have you ever been infected? shows that a people who were infected years ago have not had problem sin years.
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10 May 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Nor have I. But that article is scary!
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11 May 2010   #4
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

Unfortunately, even tho' we're moving away from XP, there are many 'gangs' intent on infecting Windows 7. It feeds their little egos and their pockets.
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11 May 2010   #5

Windows Seven - Ultimate (x64)
 
 

We as in Windows have lost it.
We as in computer users haven't lost it.

In a few years, I think the term "computer virus/spyware/malware" will be a joke to people. IE is moving towards that list, and Windows will soon follow. Soon, we can all accept people's "Facebook/MSN/whatever" requests as their viruses can't do any damage.
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