When it comes to secure operating systems, with the release of Windows 7, Microsoft can finally claim to be one.
Windows 7 has proven that Microsoft has taken security seriously and that they have attempted to prove that through their actions.
Even though Windows 7 has improved a great deal of security issues that used to be a concern for Microsoft products there are still some legacy issues that continue to be a problem.
This is why Windows 7 is becoming a favorite attack vector when it comes to cyber crime.
Windows 7 is a trim operating system going by previous Windows OS standards.
The reality is that the operating system still has more lines of code than it’s nearest competitors, Mac OS X and Linux.
It is because of Windows 7 legacy support that this is still a problem.
There are still vendors out there that need a new version of Windows to be able to operate programs that are 20 years old.
And Windows 7 still has the ability to do this.
To be able to have this feature though, it means that you must leave old code in.
The more code that is in a program, the better the chances that a malicious hacker will find an exploit that has not been discovered yet.
Security experts have already seen a rise of communication between groups of bad guys discussing vulnerabilities that they have already found.
Microsoft has already released security patches for their new operating system and you can expect several more.
The large code base and the wide amount of usage means that the Hackers will have fun looking for new and creative ways to attack innocent victims.
Some attackers are using old school techniques to exploit the release of Windows 7.
They are using emails that either pretend to be a support ticket for the new operating system or the email pretends to have a link that allows you to download an upgrade for the operating system.
This is why if you want to do an update of your operating system never go to a third party that pretends to do this.
Always visit the official Microsoft web site and follow their instructions on how to update your OS.
As you can see, even with all of the security that Microsoft has baked in to Windows 7, the security issue still remains.
This is why you must not rely only on software security to keep your computer safe.
You must be on the lookout as well and learn to be able to tell when something is wrong.
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