If you read my last Windows 7 post, in which I said that hackers hate the newest version of Microsoft’s operating system, then you may be forgiven for thinking that I am some sort of Windows fanboy.
Sure, I have Windows 7 installed on my own computer, but that is simply because it the latest in the line of operating systems that I am most accustomed to.
I’d be among the first people to say that it isn’t perfect and that it, as well as just about any other operating system, is not 100% secure.
With that in mind I thought it would be a good time to expand an older post I wrote about securing your new Windows 7 system (you can read that now by clicking the link).
Here, then, are 3 more tips for keeping your new operating system secure –
Securing Windows 7 In 3 Easy Steps
There are several steps that you can take to make sure that your Windows 7 system is a secured as it can be.
When most people set up their computers security they are looking for protection but not a complete lock down of the system.
But, sometimes, you may need to lock down your computer more than normal.
For instance, this may be the case if you are handling extremely sensitive data for your company or if you have created a special project and you want to make sure that no one will be able to see the data that you have been working on.
Whatever your reasons may be, you need to make your system more secured than normal.
So I will present to you three easy steps in securing your computer in this manner.
These steps will make sure that if someone is trying to get to your files, then they will have a very hard time in doing so.
1. Secure Your Router
The first step in securing your computer to the highest extent whilst still being able to use the internet is to first set your router so that it will only accept certain MAC addresses.
When I say MAC address I am not talking about the computers from Apple!
I am talking about the specific number that your network card was designated with when it was created.
This is known as a MAC address and every card has a unique number.
This will allow you to only let a certain subset of people onto your network.
MAC addresses can be spoofed but this will provide you a little more protection than just having an encrypted wireless router would.
Making both your network encrypted and only allowing certain MAC addresses will make your network a lot more secured.
2. Engage User Account Controls
After you have secured your network access, now you will want to focus on the actual operating system.
Windows 7 has a tool known as the UAC (User Account Control) that you can set to help the security levels of your computer.
To make sure that your computer has the maximum protection, set the UAC to the highest levels possible.
This will warn you if anything that you are doing can lead to an unsafe computer.
These warnings are particular helpful when you are surfing the internet.
If anything tries to activate Active X, or download a program, while you are surfing the web, the UAC will give you a warning and ask if you want the operation to continue.
A UAC set to its highest levels will make sure that nothing is able to get on your computer without your knowledge.
There are a lot of items that can be placed on your computer without you knowing, while you surf the internet.
This can happen while clicking on a link that you think is innocent.
With UAC activated, you will be able to see whatever is coming in and stop it in its tracks.
3. Secure Your Browser
The last step that you can take to secure your Windows 7 system completely is to make sure that your browsers have a full set of security tools set up, while you use them.
In Internet Explorer 8 you can increase the security settings while you surf the internet by going into the options panel.
In Firefox and Chrome you can download plugins that will ensure your security while you surf the internet.
To make sure that you are safe, set your browsers to the highest levels of security.
The browser is where most of the damage can come from if someone is trying to steal your data.
Make it harder for them by securing the browser as much as possible.
With these three easy steps you will be able to secure your computer much more than with the normal settings.
Also, do not forget to encrypt the files that you want to keep safe on the computer – you can use a program such as truecrypt to accomplish this.
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