Virus and Firewall Protection – Are they ready for Vista?

Windows Vista RTM was recently released in November by Microsoft, but what kind of protection against viruses and spyware does it provide? According to research institutes, the main reason why most businesses and corporations won’t switch to Vista immediately is because of the lack of protection it offers. Out of the main security programs: Norton, McAfee, ZoneAlarm, etc. only McAfee has created a Windows Vista compatible release of its software, “McAfee AntiSpyware Enterprise 8.5”

Another security problem that has been seen with Vista is its brand new programming. Unlike XP, Windows Vista was programmed from scratch, so it doesn’t have all of the same bug fixes that have been added to XP over the years. This leaves Vista vulnerable to spyware. So, you may want to reconsider updating to Windows Vista just yet. But not all hope is lost. Symantec has said that they will release a version of their software compatible with Vista in late December. And Microsoft has said that they hope the new programming of Vista and its included security features will actually make it more difficult for spyware to penetrate the brand new OS. Microsoft still backs its new product 100%, saying, “We wouldn’t release it if it wasn’t ready.”