Does Windows 7 really protect your PC from malware and hackers? Don’t ask Microsoft â€“ and if you do don’t trust their answer because Microsoft itself admits you can get better advice elsewhere.
That’s the bottom line surrounding a new TV advertisement set to begin screening on Australian TV stations following yesterday’s launch of Windows 7.
The ad likens a Windows 7 PC to a ‘castle’ surrounded by a fiery moat â€“ a good representation of a firewall perhaps â€“ while an actor spruiks the enhanced security of the fresh-baked OS.
â€œMy PC should have more security. Like 50-foot castle wall-type security… Windows 7 keeps all my personal info safe and I don’t have to worry about bad stuff getting through.â€
But a senior Microsoft Australia executive backed away from endorsing the ad’s suggestion that Windows 7 is completely secure on its own and doesn’t need additional anti-virus or security software.
â€œI think if (people) are taking their security advice from the TV ad hopefully they can get better guidance at retail or on the Webâ€ said Jeff Putt Windows Consumer Lead for Microsoft Australia. Putt suggested that these avenues would provide potential Windows 7 buyers â€œwith more sincere guidance around what they should getâ€.
While Putt emphasised that â€œWindows 7 is the most secure operating system we’ve producedâ€ he also pointed out that users should also download the new free Windows Security Essentials package.