At least one researcher is saying that Microsoft's decision to reduce the number of security messages that its new operating system, Windows 7, delivers when users install software makes its more
vulnerable to "malware" infection. "[User Account Control] was neutered too much by Microsoft," says Chester Wisniewski, a senior security adviser at Sophos PLC. UAC is a Windows security feature that
Microsoft debuted with Vista, and prompts users for their consent before allowing a task such as the installation of a program or a device driver to take place. Users complained about what they
considered constant intrusions, so Microsoft modified UAC so it appears less frequently in Windows 7. Bad idea, says Wisniewski.
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