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Vista Privacy and Security

Thursday, July 17th, 2008 by | Filed Under: Security Help

Vista Privacy and Security

What do you say we take a look at some of the privacy and security options in Windows Vista? Here we go!


As a convenience, by default, Windows Vista saves and displays a list of recently opened files and programs on your Start menu. It’s supposed to make it easier to find a file or program, but in reality, many users would prefer that information to remain hidden. So, here’s how you can turn that feature off:

1.) Right click on your taskbar and choose Properties.

2.) Click on the Start Menu tab.

3.) Uncheck all of the checkboxes under the Privacy section.

4.) Click OK and you’re all done!


One of the most often criticized levels of Windows is its lack of security. To overcome that perception, Microsoft programmed Vista to make you well aware when your firewall, spyware or virus software is off key or requires maintenance. However, for many users, the constant badgering to update your virus definitions is more annoying than effective. So, to calm Vista down a bit, you can change the way you’re notified of potential security risks.

To do that, go to Start, Control Panel and click on the Windows Security Center option.

Next, click on the link that says “Change the way Security Center alerts me” to get to the dialogue window shown below:

Then just choose your preferences for notification and click OK.

That’s all there is to it. Here’s to your privacy and security in Windows Vista!

~ Ramachandran Kumaraswami

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