Microsoft is facing increasing heat over the security implications of a change designed to make Windows 7 less annoying than its predecessor, CNET reports. One of the chief complaints with Windows Vista is frustration with all the warnings that pop up to notify users that changes are being made to the operating system. With Windows 7, Microsoft has changed the feature so that users see fewer messages by default and also so they have more control in deciding how often they are notified. The problem, say some, is that by making the prompts less frequent by default, Microsoft is potentially paving the way for malicious software to makes changes without the user’s consent. Unlike with Windows Vista, where users were alerted of all major changes to their system, the default setting in Windows 7 provides users with warnings only when it is a piece of software on its own making the changes. Microsoft says the criticisms don’t take into account real-world behavior. With Vista, the prompts were seen as so annoying by average users that many were ignoring the warnings or turning them off entirely, the company says…

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