Windows 7 has introduced quite a few new features that helps you fight with all kinds of threats from all kinds of sources. To help you use and understand these features Microsoft published a security checklist for Windows 7 on their website.
The checklist includes 6 categories but some of them are out-dated or not so irrelevant. Here is the revised version that we like.
1. Action Center
Action Center is the new feature first introduced in Windows 7. It’s a central location in Windows 7 that checks several security and maintenance-related items to help indicate your Windows 7 machine’s overall performance.
2. Microsoft Security Essentials
Not sure why the original list still has Windows Defender listed while Microsoft Security Essential has released almost over a year. It’s a complete suite that fights against Virust, Spyware, Malware, etc. It may not be everyone’s choice but believe or not if you still want an anti- type of software guiding your computer this is all you need.
3. User Account Control
UAC was one of the features in Vista that people hates the most. But no matter how people dislike it in the previous version Microsoft had no intention to completely wipe it out because they truly believe it’s a very effective way of protecting your computer from all kinds of bad intruders. Instead, they improved this feature a bit further and gave the end users more choices to adjust by their own.
It’s certainly a feature that makes your computer securer. Especially, if you think installing any of the anti- type of software is so old and out-dated, you definitely shouldn’t disable the UAC. UAC isn’t an anti- type of software but it certainly helps prevent bad things from being installed on your computer.
4. Backup and Restore
To me, it should be categorized in Security. Backup and Restore is a disaster recovery tool that is only helpful when the disaster happens, e.g. the hard drive in your windows 7 machine died. However, depending on the definition of disaster that you have, you may still consider it as one items in your security checklist because when the bad things like virus infection happened it’s the tool that you need to get all your data back.
5. Windows Update
Needless to say, whether or not you like it, disabling Windows Update is just a bad idea. A lot of times, I just don’t understand those who disabled Windows Update simply just they don’t like it. What actually is bothering you anyway?
6. Windows Firewall
Simply put, if you already have router at your network, Windows Firewall is all you need on your Windows 7 for a firewall. You actually don’t need any 3rd party firewall software, at all, because the built-in firewall feature in Windows 7 has pretty much everything a normal firewall requires.
Having all these things properly set up in your Windows 7 machine doesn’t mean you can do whatever you want to do without worrying about being attacked. You will still need to be cautious about your action doing things over the Internet. Remember, the bad guys are always a step ahead of the game.