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Microsoft report shows better security

Microsoft report shows better security

Microsoft's security is getting better? Who would have thought?

Microsoft has just released the third volume of its Security Intelligence Report, which reports on the malware released between January and June 2007 and the effectiveness of its Malicious Software Removal Tool.

Overall statistics show greatly decreased infection rates in Windows Vista and Windows XP SP2 when compared to older versions of the Windows OS.

One point of interest is that there has been a decrease in operating system vulnerabilities with third-party applications taking over a higher percentage of total malware-infested code. This could show one of a few things; with the growing interest in the computer world as a hobby, more third-party software coded by enthusiasts could have higher vulnerable to malicious code.

Another possibility is that, as Microsoft works to keep its OS code secured tightly, virus-coders are changing their focus to popular third-party software as a way to access systems.

Yet another possibility is that third-party applications are gaining popularity over common Microsoft offerings. The OpenOffice project is rising in functionality and popularity. Mozilla’s offerings of both Firefox and Thunderbird as replacements for Internet Explorer and Outlook/Outlook Express respectively are rapidly gaining in popularity too. The Opera browser has also been gaining market share steadily ever since it became freeware, and iTunes is now the media player of choice as its Music Store introduces new features on a seemingly daily basis.

It seems as if every day there are more options for third-party software to replace programs that all provided by Microsoft in tandem with the OS.

All the statistics show that Vista and XP SP2 are much safer than older versions. During the examined period, XP without service packs comprised the majority of infected systems at 32.9 percent. XP SP1 follows not too far behind with 20.9 percent and then it’s a large jump to XP SP2, which made up 7 percent of total infected systems. Unsurprisingly, Vista held the smallest amount of infected systems at 2.8 percent. All these numbers have been normalized, meaning they’ve been divided by the number of total systems reported running that OS to account for the difference in the number of machines running each iteration of XP versus Vista.

Have you noticed a decrease in your viral load or do you run your own software to deal with malicious code giving you a sense of security over Microsoft offerings? Let us know over in the forums.

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UncertainGod 30th October 2007, 14:40 Quote
Way to state the bleeding obvious M$ but word it in such a way as to make it sound like your doing a good job. Though I do have to concede that XPSP2 was a good platform.
E.E.L. Ambiense 30th October 2007, 15:21 Quote
lol. Nothing boosts the morale more than a little back-patting once in a while.
iwog 30th October 2007, 17:06 Quote
So wait we're slating M$ now for doing their job? Jesus, Gates really cant win whilst no matter how much apple screw up atm every just glosses over it.

Can we please have some form of consistency from the computing world. If a company gets better praise them, even if they were really bad to begin with. If some godly company screws up jump down their throats, that way everyone gets the same treatment and get lynched as much as they should.
E.E.L. Ambiense 30th October 2007, 17:25 Quote
:) :) Relax, man. It's cool! We were merely making light of the fact that they were doing their jobs correctly this time around, is all.
Redbeaver 30th October 2007, 18:31 Quote
less infection in Vista for me, rather than in XP. but only time will tell ;)
GoodBytes 30th October 2007, 18:33 Quote
Congratulation Microsoft, you have just won a copy of Windows Vista basic upgrade, 32-bit!
Sorry...
C-Sniper 30th October 2007, 19:30 Quote
"more third-party software coded by enthusiasts could have higher vulnerable to malicious code".... shouldn't it be "more third-party software coded by enthusiasts could have higher vulnerablilities to malicious code"?
DXR_13KE 30th October 2007, 20:56 Quote
and consider that the user base of vista is currently small to malware makers to concentrate on it.....
iwog 30th October 2007, 23:20 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by E.E.L. Ambiense
:) :) Relax, man. It's cool! We were merely making light of the fact that they were doing their jobs correctly this time around, is all.

Sorry, its been a bad week and the negativity surrounding M$ even though they're trying to get better (unlike some companies) is doing my head in.
Ramble 31st October 2007, 08:36 Quote
I'd say it's obvious Vista is the cause, a year without any large vulnerabilities whatsoever.
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