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Tips and Tricks Security Enhancements

Author : Admin

One use of the term computer security refers to technology to implement a secure operating system, especially Microsoft Windows. Before We spend a dime on security, there are precaution that we can take to protect our system from the most common threats. In this case, system will be used is Microsoft Windows Operating System.

Automatic Update

Make sure Microsoft Windows Automatic Update enabled and check update Microsoft Windows Uodate and Office Update regularly. Microsoft Windows ME, Microsoft Windows 2000 and Microsoft Windows XP can configure automatic updates. If we want to configure automatic update, click on the Automatic Updates tab in the system control panel and choose the appropriate options.

Firewall

Make sure, Microsoft Windows Firewall built in was activated. If we were using Firewall from third party like Sygate and ZoneAlarm, make sure it’s enabled. Personal firewall, Both Sygate and ZoneAlarm offer free versions is available.

Anti Spyware Software

Install a free spyware blocker, we can use Spybot Search and Destroy. Spybot is also paranoid and ruthless in hunting out tracking cookies.

Disable Windows Messenger Service

Block pop-up spam messages in Windows NT, 2000 or XP by disabling the Windows Messenger Service. This service is unrelated with the IM ( Instant Messaging ) program. If we want to disabling this service, open Control Panel | Administrative Tools | Services and we will see Messenger in the list of the Microsoft Windows Services. Right click and go to properties. Set Start Up type to Disabled and press the Stop button. If good firewall was installed in our system will also stop spam pop up.

Strong Password

We must always use strong password and change them periodically. Password should have at least seven characters and use combine letters and numbers and have at least one symbol. This will make it much harder for anyone to gain access to system.

Update Security for others software

If we were using Microsoft Outlook or Microsoft Outlook Express, make sure that we use the current version and the Microsoft Outlook Security Update installed.

Antivirus

Buy and install antivirus software and keep it up to date. If we don’t want to buy, try antivirus software free edition like AVG by Grisoft and double check with free online scanners.

Security Enhancement of wireless network

If we have a wireless network, turn on the security feature like MAC filtering, hidden SSID or turn of SSID broadcast and even use encryption technology like WEP / WPA.

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