I’ve been reading several tech security sources lately and according to them, one day there is going to be far fewer companies out there making security software because the giants in the industry are going to take over. They are going to be acquiring smaller security companies that show promise while extinguishing their identity and making them their own. It appears as though I’m seeing a lot of this in the industry lately. For example, Microsoft has, in the past year and a half, devoured a number of small security companies. These companies then reemerge in the form of new security applications for Microsoft. Microsoft obviously wants to be a major player in the technology security arena and they are making big moves to ensure a toehold in the market.
With that being said, this week I will take a look at the new beta version of Microsoft’s new security center called Windows OneCare Live. This program is a culmination, or suite if you will, of a number of different security oriented applications that can help maintain, backup/recover your data and even protect your system from viruses.
Though the program is only in beta right now, I’m sure that this will be the MS Office of the Windows Security landscape, driving other potential competition home to lick their wounds.
Here’s a list of the current features available for the Windows OneCare Live beta.
Comprehensive, integrated, automatic computer health service:
-The Windows OneCare health meter gives you a clear, continuous indication of your computer’s overall level of protection and performance. If Windows OneCare detects anything that you can do to improve the health of your computer, the service will automatically show you what action to take and give you a one click solution.
-With a click of the mouse, you can directly scan individual files and folders for viruses. You can even check attachments that you receive through MSN Messenger for viruses or worms.
Trustworthy, reliable backup and restore:
-Windows OneCare Backup allows you to copy your important files and settings to CDs, DVDs or to an external hard disk. Regular backups can help you protect your important data from loss due to accidental deletion, viruses or hardware or software failure.
-If you use an external hard disk drive, you can configure Windows OneCare to perform an automatic backup of your important data as part of your regular tune up.
Automated tune-up for increased performance:
-Tune-up takes care of routine maintenance and helps improve your computer’s performance. This automated service performs the following functions:
-Defragments your hard disk to help improve computer efficiency.
-Removes unnecessary files from your computer to increase available hard disk space.
-Helps make sure that important security updates from Microsoft are installed efficiently and on time.
-Checks for changes to your important files, as well as, new files and then sends you a reminder when it’s time to run a Backup.
-Automatically backs up your files for you if you use an external hard disk drive.
Continual updates provide you with the latest technology:
-Windows OneCare updates itself automatically to counteract new viruses and other threats, and also works with Microsoft Update to help ensure that your computer is current with the latest critical security updates from Microsoft.
-Windows OneCare continually updates its firewall policy to keep ahead of hackers and make sure that your legitimate programs have the Internet access they need.
-Windows OneCare provides continuous feature updates to subscribers, providing you with the latest technologies to help protect you from emerging threats. If you’re worried about a new virus or other threat, you can check for updates yourself with a single click.
Pretty cool, huh? There is one draw back to the Windows OneCare and that is that it isn’t going to be a free forever. When they come out with the official release, which comes out later this year, you are going to have to pay for the continued use of it. I believe that the beta will last for quite some time however, and it never hurts to have a little extra security. So you might want to try it out now while it’s in its free beta form and see if you like it.
You can take a further look, along with the download of the Windows OneCare Live, at: http://www.windowsonecare.com/Default.aspx
Stay safe out there,
~ Chad Stelnicki