Windows 7 64-Bit: Is it safer?

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Windows 7 64-Bit: Is it safer?

Posted: 20 Nov 2009 07:03 AM PST

Windows 7 64-Bit: Is it safer?

When most people decided to choose a 64-bit version of Windows over a 32-bit version their reasoning is usually performance-based, however according to a recent article on ComputerWorld there could be another reason.

It seems that 64-bit versions of Windows are less susceptible to becoming infected by attack code, this doesn’t mean its impossible, just less likely than a 32-bit OS.

A Microsoft Malware Protection Center representative recently released the following statements”64-bit Windows has some of the lowest reported malware infection rates in the first half of 2009,” and added “64-bit malware is still exceedingly rare in the wild.”

Statistics state that a 64-bit version of Windows XP would be 48 percent less likely of becoming infected than a 32-bit version of Windows XP, also a 64-bit version of Windows Vista would be 35 percent less likely of becoming infected than a 32-bit version of Windows Vista.

Windows 7 was not included in this research as most of it was carried out before the launch of the OS, however given the trend between previous OS version it would seem that a 64-bit version would be more secure, for more information check out ComputerWorld.

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