Getting the Skinny on Vista Security

Microsoft says its new operating system is the safest Windows yet. Here's a primer on getting the most out of the new set of safeguards

Microsoft Windows is the world's most popular family of desktop operating systems. It has also been the computing world's biggest target, with frequent attacks on its Web browser, e-mail client, and other features. So Microsoft (MSFT) has issued a constant stream of updates to repair breaches in Windows' security. Despite these efforts, Microsoft has endured frequent criticism, much of it deserved, from users irritated by the continuing battle to secure systems and frustrated by ongoing losses of productivity, personal information, and privacy.

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