Out of the box, Win 7 less secure than Vista | Hardware 2.0 | ZDNet.com According to a well respected security firm, MicrosoftÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s flagship Windows 7 operating system is less secure in its default configuration that Vista. Trend Micros CEO Raimund Genes believes that Microsoft has put usability ahead of security:Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not saying Windows 7 is insecure, but out of the box Vista is better.Ã¢â‚¬Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“I was disappointed when I first used a Windows 7 machine that there was no warning that I had no anti-virus, unlike Vista. There are no file extension hidden warnings either. Even when you do install anti-virus, warnings that it has not been updated are almost invisible.Ã¢â‚¬Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“Windows 7 may be an improvement in terms of usability but in terms of security itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a mistake, though one that isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t that surprising. When MicrosoftÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s developers choose between usability and security, they will always choose usability.Ã¢â‚¬Â Interestingly, Genes believes that the XP Mode feature present in some editions of Windows 7 actually improves security because it makes available a sandboxed OS. Other security firms (in particular Sophos) have criticized XP Mode, labeling it a security risk because it needs to be patched separately. So, for a more secure Windows 7, Trend Micro recommends upping your UAC setting higher.