7 Tips How to improve the security of Windows 7

How to improve the security of Windows 7 :

This Information will be useful for any system administrator or home users who want to urgently protect the work of your computer to make the most installed applications did not cause too many problems.

1. Turn on BitLocker:

BitLocker Drive Encryption can be used to encrypt the partitions on your hard drive, including boot, system, and even removable media, such as USB flash drives. Weaknesses that were in Windows Vista, are eliminated. Now you can right-click and encrypt any partition directly from Windows Explorer. There are several methods of protection, which include a combination of chip TPM (Trusted Platform Module), PIN, password, and smart cards.
I especially like the encryption of removable media that supports both NTFS, and FAT partitions. You can encrypt removable drives individually, or require the default encrypt all removable devices. Encrypted removable media can be decrypted on any PC with Windows 7, and not just on the volume on which they were originally encrypted. Encrypted media with file systems FAT, exFAT and FAT32 can also be used by clients Windows XP and Windows Vista, but the encrypted data will be read-only and can not be perezashifrovany.

Tip: Keep the information for BitLocker recovery somewhere in a safe and secure place. BitLocker is a good means of encryption, and can encrypt your data forever if you can not provide a password for recovery. In most organizations should be automatic backup restore user passwords in Active Directory. Recovery Information for BitLocker is stored as an attribute in the Computer Object, so make sure to set the user’s access to these attributes, in accordance with the rules of your organization’s security.

2. Lift the UAC slider:

User Account Control has been significantly improved to be less intrusive and more effective to recognize valid and potentially dangerous actions in Windows 7. However, depending on whether, under which user you are logged into the system – administrator or standard polovatelem, some settings may have Windows 7 UAC security settings by default to the level lower than some experts recommend. Standard users have UAC security settings at the highest level, but the administrator account are one level below the maximum value, is potentially dangerous.
Microsoft has made a simple slider UAC, which allows administrators and users to customize their security UAC. After you install all the required software and configure Windows 7 convenient for you, I recommend to raise UAC slider to the value “Always Notify” (“Always notify”), which is the most secure. Even in the “Always Notify” you will be less likely to fall alert UAC, as compared to Windows Vista.
Note:  Although the UAC and provides a mechanism that prevents unauthorized use rights adminimstratora, you can still get around. If you need a high level of bezopasnosi, then do not go in as a user with elevated privileges if it is not needed.

How to improve the security of Windows 7

3. Install all updates:

In Windows 7 with default settings, service updates, Windows Update is configured properly to promptly download and install critical updates for the Windows operating system and applications Microsoft. Many observations have shown that the Microsoft software is one of the most updated in the world. However, in Windows there is nothing that could help to support updates that are not Microsoft. Make sure that all programs are updated – especially your browser plugins. Hackers quickly find the least updated software from third parties to silently attack the end user.

4. Install anti-spam and anti-malware:

Greatest threat to users’ systems are Trojans – a fake patch for Outlook, a fake anti-virus scanner, a fake codec to view the video for Britney Spears – so deceive end users to download and run malicious software. Gone are the days when you could identify bad content, noticing errors in grammar and incorrect spelling. Today can be fooled even the most knowledgeable people in the field of security. While you will not be able to tell the difference between good and bad software with perfect precision, you should install and use updated anti-spam and anti-malware software.

5. Turn on SmartScreen Filter in Internet Explorer 8:

When you first start IE8, the setup wizard will ask you whether you want to turn on SmartScreen Filter, which checks the local database or online at Microsoft, if you are viewing a Web site permission or malicious. SmartScreen Filter also checks for known vulnerabilities, such as XSS (cross site scripting). When the SmartScreen will be small, barely noticeable delay. With expertise in security, users may want to disable this option, but most users should make sure that it is enabled. If you are already running IE8, enable filter SmartScreen, selecting it in the Security menu.

6. Clean Unwanted Programs:

Over time, most systems accumulate more and more programs, often unnecessary, which ultimately affects the memory resources. Without cleaning your system will be slower and more prone to breakage and be attacked by bad software.
Periodically check the programs and services running on your system and remove what is not needed. You can check your system manually or use a tool such as Autoruns from Microsoft , free for download. Autoruns will display the entire list of programs and services running on the system, and will allow you to turn off what is not needed, a single click. Before turning off everything that you do not know, I suggest a study – to you was not then obscure problems if you forget to unplug the power.

7. Make backups of your data:

We all use computers for a long time and we know what can happen. Good to have a warranty on the computer for a few years, but to minimize the damage caused by breakage Computer literacy – be sure to back up irreplaceable data. Windows 7 includes a robust program to create backups, which you can find in the Control Panel> System and Security> Backup and Resotre. Or just do a keyword search for “backup” in the Help and Support (Help and Support), to find out all you need about the backup of Windows.

This article describes all the items that must be done to make a secure system Windows 7 is more secure. If your operating system and all applications are fully updated, and you will not get to run the Trojan, you will be much less risk than a normal user. Do not fall into the trap of the standard settings to disable Windows 7 (UAC, Protected Mode Internet Explorer, Windows Firewall, etc.). Most advisors do not have such experience, which is a Microsoft.

Good Luck!

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