1 of 6Image
Windows Security Center in Vista
This is a screenshot of Windows Security Center in Vista, the beefed-up successor to Windows XP, which Microsoft refers to it as "The voice of security for Windows Vista."
In Vista, Windows Security Center reports on firewall, antivirus, spyware protection, , and Windows security technology called . The feature sits in the Windows Control Panel and pops up any time there is a security alert, such as when antivirus protection is disabled or the firewall is turned off.
Windows Security Center also can be used to manage security tools in Vista. For example, a user could update antivirus definitions or disable a firewall directly from the Windows Security Center, according to a . In Windows XP Service Pack 2, which first included the Windows Security Center, the feature only displays the status of the firewall, antivirus and automatic updates.