There are general security tips that apply to all operating systems, of course, but each operating system platform provides its own security challenges. The following tips are tailored to Microsoft Windows XP.
1. Disable dangerous features. Microsoft Windows systems come with a number of features enabled by default that do little or nothing for convenience, but introduce significant security risks. Among these are Autorun, the Guest account, and even Automatic Updates ? because letting someone in Redmond, WA decide when changes should be made to your system, when he has no idea what software you?re running and you haven?t tested the updates yet, is a bad idea. Microsoft Windows provides many features that are activated by default and either poorly conceived from a security perspective or, at best, unnecessary for the vast majority of users. Each of these features introduces its own risks, and any that you do not need should be deactivated.
2. Disable unneeded services. In addition to local operating system features, you should disable unneeded services. Almost exactly one year ago, my article 10 services to turn off in MS Windows XP provided a brief checklist of services to turn off ? or to ensure you know why you?re leaving them on, at least. The list is not comprehensive, of course, but it is a good start.
3. Employ good email security practices. Make use of some basic email security tips to ensure you do not invite the bad guys to read your email, flood you with spam, and take advantage of you through phishing techniques.
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