Understanding Windows 7 Security Center
Windows Security Center is a security tool included with Microsoft's Windows XP Service
Pack 2, Windows Vista and Windows 7 operating systems. It allows you to monitor the status
of computer security settings and services. Windows Security Center also constantly examines
these security settings, and informs via a pop-up notification sign if there is something wrong.
Microsoft has renamed it as Action Center in Windows 7, where it covers maintenance as well
Windows 7 Security center or Action Center is a single point from where you can get system
maintenance information, security information and can also diagnose computer problems if any.
Microsoft has reformed Security Center into a handier and informative Action Center however,
you can use the same term as it's more common amongst folks. It includes the following categories:
1. Windows 7 Security Center Notifications
It alerts you when there are important messages that require proper maintenance. The
notification itself is very informative and lets you know about the problem right away. Action
Center settings provide options to personalize these notifications.
2. Action Center - Security
In this category, you can monitor all of the required security information, problems
and the options to troubleshoot.
3. Action Center - Maintenance
In this section, you can get information related to system maintenance like system backup,
Windows update etc. It also enables you to check solutions.
4. Troubleshoot Options
Troubleshooting computer issues has not been easy in Windows 7. The troubleshooting wizard
identifies any technical issues and tries to resolve them. The wizard is user-friendly and
gives detailed step-by-step instructions.
5. Troubleshooting Report
Producing troubleshooting report is as essential as providing a fix. Windows 7 troubleshooting
report provides complete information on the task, issues' description and their status (fixed
or not fixed).
Features Managed Through Windows 7 Security Center
Windows Firewall: This is normally famous as "Network firewall" in Action Center. This
tool scans network traffic passing in and out of your system.
Windows Update: In Windows 7 Security Center, Windows Update is merged with the Automatic
Updates tool from previous Windows editions. This feature makes sure that essential software
updates are installed automatically unless you configure the system otherwise.
Virus protection: Since Windows 7 does not have any built-in antivirus protection for
some reason, Windows 7 Security Center integrates with third-party antivirus and Internet security
Spyware and unwanted software protection: It monitors Windows Defender (a built-in tool
in Windows 7) and other third party antimalware products.
Internet security settings: These settings are managed through the Security tab available
in Internet Explorer 8 version. There are various security settings for each of four security
zones (Internet, local Intranet, trusted sites, and restricted sites). If any of these zones
are configured in such a way that your computer is at risk, the Security Center will display
User Account Control: This utility is built to ensure that programs running on ae PC
are always working with the less possible permission level. If required, UAC can raise the
permission level to fulfill specific tasks, while preventing malicious applications from doing
so on their own. Windows 7 makes UAC less annoying than in Windows Vista by reducing the number
of notification messages you receive.
Network Access Protection (NAP): This feature is available in Windows 7 enterprise edition
by which the network can automatically detect whether your PC meets the baseline security policy
of the corporation and, if not, move you into a secure network from which you can download
and install any needed updates before proceeding.