Windows XP was blamed for its security features for years. However XP was really stable operating system but it has only one draw back that is the lack of security. Earlier with the launch of Windows Vista it was expected that the security shortcomings offered by XP would eliminate completely. Microsoft claimed that Vista is the best ever version of operating system after years of research and expertise. However later it was found that it did not completely meet the expectations of the users especially the business users.
Security Features of Vista
When Microsoft launched Vista in January 2007 it announced that vista contains parental lock, anti spy ware and many more. However with the passage of time users find that like all other Windows version this software is also prone to security risks like worms and viruses unless we install strong ant virus software to it. The list of security features which came with the Vista can be named as User Account Control, improved firewall, encryption file system, data execution prevention, Bitlocker drive encryption, cryptography, TCP/IP security features, Windows service Hardening, network Access protection and authentication and log on. The security features like user account Control greatly help the network users in order to overcome the risk of intruders. The parental lock helped the domestic users to apply a lock to internet surfing during night. This not allowed the users to lock the adult websites but also helps to stop the unnecessary downloading to allow for worms and viruses. These features were exclusive to the Windows Vista.
Some Recent Reviews Regarding Vista Security
Some users claim that Vista is marginal security package against Windows XP. This is because it is not able to protect the system from the attack of the viruses. One has to addition anti virus software in order to take the advantage of its security features. It is important for the users of home edition and business users install any stable anti virus software so that their system is protected against the threats such as worms, viruses and Malware. Thus the additional features such as user account control and file encryption system does not provide sufficient proof of it being efficient than XP with regard to security features. Moreover Vista is not the ultimate perfect solution for fighting against Malware. Further more windows Vista and XP are criticized having failed to detect scripting exploits in HTTP flow.
Windows Vista Edge
What ever is the criticism of users though windows Vista has much more advanced security features than Windows XP. Windows Vista is still the most secure operating system leaving behind Windows XP and many more. Windows vista was engineered as a front end security pack. The security features like user Account Control ensures users security when ever he is connected to the network. Windows can not be declared best against XP it has some susceptibility but not in term of security. However if practically try to perceive the security of the Vista we may come to conclusion that the amount of security contained in Vista can not be judged fully by just looking at its drawbacks. However the bundle of security features which were not included in XP should also is considerable. Vista is more defiant and strong against exploits than XP. XP is prone to virus attacks than Vista. The recent security features like address space randomization allows for very few Malware attacks. Therefore to conclude my writing I can safely say that Windows Vista has an edge over Windows XP in terms of Security and risks. Moreover the improvement in the malicious software removal tool is able to remove the colonies of Malware form the system