Saturday, April 7, 2012

How to Secure Windows 7 Desktops

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Overview of Security Management
Key Security Features in Windows 7
  • Windows 7 Action Center
    • Centralized reporting center for users to keep track of issues and messages about their local computer
    • Categorized by severity to get action items and events 
    • Color-coding for severity alerts
  • Encrypting File System (EFS)
    • About encrypting information while it’s at rest (theft of laptops)
    • A built-in encryption tool for Windows files
  • Windows BitLocker and BitLocker To Go
    • Introduced with Windows Vista, protects data on a computer exposed to unauthorized physical access
    • Available in Enterprise and Ultimate editions of Windows 7
    • Locks the operating system and removable drives such as USB drives and portable hard drives
    • Renders data inaccessible when drives are decommissioned or recycled
  • Windows AppLocker
    • Restricts the types of applications you can run and install
    • Allows administrators to specify the apps that are allowed
  • User Account Control
    • Checks for permissions when performing necessary daily tasks
  • Windows Firewall with Advanced Security
    • Restricts unsolicited traffic coming and going
    • Security rules to provide protection from malware 
  • Windows Defender
    • Prevents and removes all forms of malware