Jim Allchin seems to feel confident enough that Windows Vista users don’t need to use an antivirus and they will still have plenty of protection. Many people, including myself, will think he is crazy but he seems to be confident in his reasoning:
My son, seven years old, runs Windows Vista, and, honestly, he doesn’t have an antivirus system on his machine. His machine is locked down with parental controls, he can’t download things unless it’s to the places that I’ve said that he could do, and I’m feeling totally confident about that.
Vista is something that will have issues in security, because the bar is being raised over time. But in my opinion, it is the most secure system that’s available.
It is commendable for Allchin to feel so secure with an operating system that he helped to develop, but what is the reality of what he said? Sure Vista is a new operating system with a bunch of great security features but it will only be a matter of time before hackers find ways to circumvent the hurdles that Vista presents to them.
I can slightly understand why he doesn’t feel like an antivirus program is needed on his son’s computer since Vista has parental controls. That way you can limit what sites can be opened and completely block downloads. However, are we going to assign parental controls for ourselves? I know several adults that need parental controls for their own protection but the reality of the matter is that they are going to continue authorizing and downloading spyware, malware, and trojans.
There was no clarification on whether Allchin was talking about the Windows Vista 64-bit edition. It would make a little more sense if it was the 64-bit version because it locks down the kernel whereas the 32-bit version does not. Either way I’ll have an antivirus installed on Windows Vista.
So, who’s gonna run Vista without an antivirus?
Jim Allchin has responded on the Windows Vista Team blog to what he was trying to say: “My point in bringing up this extreme example was really meant to emphasize that importance of defense-in-depth measures we put in Windows Vistaâ€”both the number of defenses and their combined effectiveness.“
News Source: The Inquirer