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Microsoft Windows 7 security features
This article is part of the Information Security magazine issue of May 2010
Seven years after kicking off its Trustworthy Computing initiative, Microsoft launched Windows 7 last October. The software giant touts the operating system, which builds on the security features of Vista, as key to its "End to End Trust" vision for a more secure Internet. With Windows 7, Microsoft also aims to make security easier to use; Vista, which debuted three years ago, caught criticism for security functionality users and administrators alike found clunky and obtrusive. Let's take a look at several of the security features of Windows 7, including a more flexible BitLocker for data protection, auditing enhancements to help meet compliance requirements, an improved User Access Control with fewer prompts, and new functionality to ensure system integrity. DATA PROTECTION In today's fast-paced, mobile environment there is more opportunity than ever before for data to fall into unauthorized hands. Hundreds of thousands of laptops containing sensitive information are lost, stolen or decommissioned every year. Additionally, ...
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