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 »
Libraries enable you to organize files by using metadata about the file, such as author, date, type, tags, and so on—instantly. You’re not limited to just browsing files by folder hierarchy. When you save files in a Library, Windows® 7 indexes the files. You can use Library features like the Arrange By control to instantly browse the files in the Library by metadata or use the Search Builder, which is built into the Search box in Windows Explorer, to instantly search the files in the Library by metadata.
These features are only available in Libraries and are real productivity boosters. For example, Libraries can help you find a file based on something you remember about it such as what type of file it is, who wrote it, or when it was last modified. Libraries can prevent the need for you to drill into many levels of folder hierarchy to find a file.
This article is for IT pros who use Windows 7 at home or who support friends and family who use Windows 7. You’ll learn how Windows 7 Libraries can make finding, organizing, and accessing files fast and easy.
The step-by-step instructions in this walkthrough provide a brief tour of the new Libraries feature in Windows® 7. These instructions assume that you have not removed the default Libraries or the sample music, pictures, and videos that come with Windows 7. More »
1. Auto-complete websites
Go to the address bar (Control-L) and type the name of the site without the “www” or the “.com”. Press Control-Enter, and it will automatically fill in the “www” and the “.com” and take you there. For .net addresses, press Shift-Enter, and for .org addresses, press Control-Shift-Enter.
2. Turn your bookmarks into keywords
Right-click the bookmark and then select Properties. Put a short keyword in the keyword field, save it, and now you can type that keyword in the address bar and it will go to that bookmark.
3. Speed up your downloads
Download Manager Tweak Extension adds extra functionality to the existing Download Manager to help you download faster.
4. Search faster
To search with lightning speed just highlight the word or phrase with your mouse and drag the highlighted text into the search bar. Firefox will then automatically load up the search in a new tab, so you can stay informed faster. More »