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Microsoft Says Sophos Windows 7 Security Test Was "Sensationalised"

Microsoft has reacted to a recent blog post made by a security analyst from the leading antivirus vendor Sophos which had claimed that the Windows 7 operating system was vulnerable to security threats by stating that the claims made by expert amounted to sensationalism and has termed the test methodology as flawed.

It is interesting to note that Chester Wisniewski, from Sophos had claimed that Windows 7 was "vulnerable to 8 out of 10 viruses" according to a test conducted on the operating system where instances of malware were introduced to a system running on Windows 7.

In its defence Microsoft has accused the antivirus vendor of over hyping its results and also stated that the tests did not use other Microsoft security tools which an ordinary user can have access to while using the internet.

Today most internet users are highly concerned about viruses and malware getting into their system and any news about Windows 7 being vulnerable is likely to cause apprehension amongst many users who may have just migrated to the system.

While the quick response from the software giant can help in allaying such fears, Microsoft does need to do more in making its user aware of the different security tools that it offers.

Our Comments

Microsoft has a number of security products including the just launched Security Essentials. Just like in real life, learning good habits can prevent the majority of security problems from happening in the first place.

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