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Apr 25, 2011

Security Features Of Windows 7

Windows 7 is an operating system installed on Microsoft-enabled PC. Windows 7 was available in both 32-bit and 64-bit systems, and is used in many home and office PCs.Windows 7 was released in 2009 and was seen by many as a significant improvement over the previous version of Microsoft's operating system software, Windows Vista, Windows XP. One of the significant changes was increased security measures.
BitLocker Drive Encryption:-
BitLocker Drive Encryption is a full disk encryption feature included with the Ultimate and Enterprise editions of Microsoft's Windows 7 desktop operating systems, as well as the Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 server platforms. BitLocker Drive Encryption is a hardware-based security feature that prevents unauthorized access to a computer by providing full-volume encryption and integrity checking of boot components. The BitLocker Drive Encryption feature allows a USB drive to be used as a password or security card to unlock the data.

Microsoft Security Essentials:-
A free download for Windows 7, MSEs is all-in-one security software. It protects against Trojans, viruses, malware, worms etc. This software is very light and runs in the background, actively protecting your system, but the status center can be accessed at any time.

User Account Control:-
User Account Control is a feature that was designed to prevent unauthorized changes to your computer. UAC has been improved since Windows Vista, making it easier use the computer with a standard account instead of an administrator account. Enabling UAC makes it harder for unwanted software to install itself or make changes to your system settings.
Four different alert messages associated with UAC:-
  • Windows needs your permission to continue
  • A program needs your permission to continue
  • An unidentified program wants access to your computer
  • This program has been blocked

Action Center:-
The Windows Action Center is a component included with's Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 operating systems that provides users with the ability to view the status of computer security settings and services. In other words the Action Center is a one-stop location for identifying potential security risks to your computer.


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