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Old 23rd January, 2009, 06:53 PM
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Windows 7 Security Features Get Tough

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Two years after Windows Vista debuted, many companies have yet to upgrade. And in many instances their reluctance to migrate to Vista stemmed from concern about security.... [Front page...]
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To be honest, I don't see a lot of benefit in most of the supposed security features there. Smartcard logins have been supported for a long time. Fingerprint readers are interesting - but only because people usually leave their fingerprints all over their keyboard, mouse and computer.

As far as the "You don't need a VPN" of DirectAccess, guess what, according to Microsoft DirectAccess uses IPv6-over-IPsec. That's called a VPN.

However, they STILL haven't implemented Secure I/O! They make a big deal out of all these features, and leave secure I/O out of it. For those who are wondering, Secure I/O creates a trusted channel between devices like a suitable keyboard (or another input device) and computer. When it needs to be secure, the whole system encrypts keystrokes all the way from the computer to the application that needs them (like online banking), so that keyloggers can't get their hands on the keystrokes!
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Next time Aedan....they'll get that one next time...
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