Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Onward to Vista

I finally made the big switch to a new computer with Microsoft's Windows Vista. "It's all about the wow," said the campaign slogan. Frankly, "wow" is not the term that comes to mind when I use Vista -- it's not that different from XP, when you get right down to it.

But one difference, aptly spoofed by Apple in its "security" ad, is Vista's habit of asking you to confirm that you actually want to do what you just asked for. This is to prevent some evil worm from taking over your computer and doing nasty things.

But my question is this: if a worm can sneak in and tell your computer to reset your modem (say), how long will it take before the worm learns how to simulate the "confirm" approval? I'm guessing this is a lot of bother for not that much actual security.

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