How You Can Protect Your Online Credentials With Windows 7

Windows 7 has a lot to offer when it comes to your security.

The days of being ridiculed by the owners of other operating systems are long gone.

Microsoft is back on the ball when it comes to the level of security that their operating system offers.

But even with the best security that an operating system can have, there are still some ways that you can expose yourself to some level of attack.

It is how you, the user, uses the actual system that is the critical element of your overall security mix.

Are you sure that you scan new pieces of software that are introduced into your system?

Are you careful about the links that you click when you visit a web site?

And, more importantly, do you store your online credentials somewhere safe?

If you do not do this last one, then you can expose yourself to both online and offline attacks.

With Windows 7 you can stop this from happening.

Protecting Your Online Credentials With Windows 7

When I talk about online credentials, I am talking about the information that you need to be able to access some of your favorite web sites.

It can be something as simple as your username and password, to something a little more complicated, such as the name of the high school that you graduated from.

When you visit a lot of web sites this stuff starts to pile up and you need to be able to keep it in a safe place.

Luckily, Windows 7 allows you to do this in several different ways.

You can either use the software that comes with Windows 7 or you can use software provided by a third party.

Either way, these are surefire methods that will prove to keep your information safe while you surf the web.

The one thing that you really do not want to do is to store the information somewhere that anyone walking by your desk can get to.

If they are able to do that and get your secured data then you pretty much have no security at all.

The first thing that you can use to keep your information safe is the Windows 7 credential manager – this software will store all of your information.

This includes more than just the usual username and password for a web site.

Then when you visit that web site again, it will automatically fill the information in for you.

This is perfect for people who want to keep their information secured while at the same time do not want to fill out that same information over and over again when they visit that site.

Alternatively, Use Keepass

A perfect third party application that will get this job done is a piece of software known as Keepass.

Keepass will allow you to store all of your sensitive data in an encrypted database.

This encrypted database needs a master key for anyone to be able to get into it.

This means that it is perfect for you to store someplace, such as your email account.

It is now easier than ever to store your sensitive data in Windows 7.

With your credentials secured, you can surf the web and still feel protected.

Read more on Windows 7 Security

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

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