10 Reasons Why Reliable Windows 7 Security Is Crucial to Users

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2009-10-08 Print this article Print

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But after the downgrade-rights fiasco allowed users to get Windows XP bundled in computers rather than Windows Vista, those vendors regained some power. An insecure Windows 7 will ensure that Microsoft will fully relinquish its grip in that space.

5. Criticism, anyone?

As soon as the news broke that Windows 7 was insecure, you can bet that Apple would jump on it. The company's "I'm a Mac, I'm a PC" ads have been so successful because they highlight Windows' security problems when it comes to malware and viruses. An insecure Windows 7 will only maximize Apple's intent on making Microsoft look bad. Say what you will about Mac OS X, but Apple will be licking its chops if Windows 7 is insecure and open to security attacks.

6. It loses the security high ground

Microsoft has done a relatively good job over the past couple years at rebuilding its standing in the security community. For too long, the company had what looked like a lackadaisical attitude towards security. But in recent years, the rhetoric has ramped up and Microsoft has made it clear that it wants to make Windows far more secure and better at data protection and ensuring network security. An insecure Windows 7 will fly in the face of that. And the security community will take notice.

7. Hackers will take notice

As soon as malicious hackers realized that Windows 7 was insecure, they would immediately jump at the chance to prey on users,while spreading malware. The issues would only escalate, causing Microsoft and Windows 7 to look even worse.

8. Comparisons will be drawn

As Microsoft gets ready to release Windows 7, the company wants everyone to forget about its past mistakes. It doesn't want users to think of Windows Vista when they load Windows 7. They want them to remember the good old days of PC computing. If Windows 7 is insecure, comparisons between Windows Vista, Windows ME, or Windows 2000 will be immediately drawn. And it will only spell trouble for Microsoft.

9. Confidence will be lost

With not one, but two operating systems not living up to customer expectations, Microsoft would put itself in a bad position. Windows 8 would cause users to be suspect of the operating system's ability to satisfy their needs security needs and protecting their corporate networks. And Microsoft would need to find a way (probably through cash) to get customers' minds off of Windows Vista and Windows 7 and on to the future. With two missteps, that might be difficult.

10. It gives Chrome an opening

Microsoft has been forced to take on Google in practically every place it competes. From word processing to search, the company has battled it out with Google. If Windows 7 is a security failure, you can bet that Google will take advantage by promoting its new Chrome OS and its security features. The company will jump at the chance to call it an alternative to Windows. And in the end, it could give Google the opening it needs to capitalize on the OS market.

Security is a major issue for Microsoft Windows. The company doesn't have an opportunity to slack on it.

Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.

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