Microsoft is continually adding security mitigations to its Windows operating system, with Windows 7 being the company’s most secure platform to date.
The variety of mitigations in the company’s OS are not designed as impassible barriers, since in fact, given sufficient time and resources, all can be bypassed successfully.
But then again software security is more like a chess game, with Microsoft needing to stay one step ahead of attackers.
Provided that the company manages to make it extremely complex or very expensive for cybercriminals to prey on Windows users, it will also successfully divert attacks and keep them safe, without the need for actual security barriers in the code. More »
Moving to Windows 7 enables organizations to realize great user productivity and IT benefits. In this article, I wanted to share information about the security benefits, and specifically, seven practices and easy to configure policies that can make your desktop environment safer and more controlled.
1. Control your desktop network access. Windows 7 enhances the firewall and provides granular control over inbound and outbound connections based on where the user is: domain (work), private (home), and public, including determining notification levels for the user. A little-known fact is that, with Windows7, there is a new capability that enables having more than one profile active. Because users typically connect to both local network (work or home) as well as the Internet (public), different rules should apply. Simply type “Windows Firewall with Advanced Security” on your Start menu to see the options. All firewalls events can be viewed in the monitoring tab and aggregated through Windows Event Log. Learn more More »
The latest routers, security suites, and software patches can help protect your PC against today’s ever-more-sophisticated Internet attacks.
These security tools are easy to install, easy to maintain, and provide the average PC user with basic protection against viruses, botnets, Trojans, rootkits, and other types of malware.
Keeping your PC secure goes far beyond convenience it can protect you against significant financial loss. That’s not hyperbole: according to the Internet Crime Complaint Center’s 2009 annual report (available from the IC3 site), Internet crime losses more than doubled through 2009 to more than U.S. $559 million!
But it’s not hard to provide a reasonable level of basic security for any PC. For average PC users, the basic rule for keeping PCs secure has not changed keep it simple, keep it up-to-date.
The WS Security Baseline summarizes the latest reviews from trusted computer test labs. The current status of these reviews will be periodically updated on the Security Baseline page at Pctipsbox.com. More »