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    Seven Improved Security Features in Windows 7

    While no operating system is perfect, Microsoft appears to have made significant security improvements with the release of Windows 7. This slideshow complements a post in Sue Marquette Poremba’s blog about the seven features she thinks will have the most impact on security in the newest version of Windows.

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    Click through to see seven new and enhanced security features that will make a real difference in the new Microsoft OS.

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    BitLocker to Go in Windows 7 includes data encryption to portable USB devices, like thumb drives. The encrypted information can be changed only on a Windows 7 machine by using a password. It can be read but not manipulated on Windows XP or Vista.

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    The Security Center that was on Vista has been absorbed into the Action Center. Users are notified of changes in the system on the taskbar.

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    DirectAccess allows remote users to secure their networks over the Internet without a VPN, creating an atmosphere that is as safe and secure from a laptop in a hotel room as it would be from the office desktop.

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    BranchCache creates a cache of a document or application locally. If someone else needs that information, it is downloaded from the cache rather than the network.

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    Administrators control who can download software onto work computers and what applications can be accessed, lessening the threat of someone downloading malware.

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    New to Windows 7 is Windows Biometric Framework, which provides support for fingerprint detection applications. Windows has had the capabilities for biometrics in the past, but required third-party software to use it. Now it is part of the OS.

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    User Account Control (UAC) was one of the most maligned aspects of Vista, as it repeatedly asked user permission for administrative applications. Windows 7 gives the user more options on how and when it provides notifications.

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