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Improve Windows security with our top 10 tips

Improving Windows security is a tall order for many IT admins, but with our top 10 Windows security tips, this once troubling task can become a whole lot easier. Learn about tools like BackTrack 3 that can help you perform enterprise-wide security assessments, the ins and outs of Vista's and XP's latest service packs and how to exploit some common Windows vulnerabilities.

Top 10 ways to improve Windows Vista security
Microsoft designed Windows Vista to be its most secure desktop operating system to date. In the opinion of expert Brien Posey, Vista is a pretty secure OS right out of the box. But he knows how you can make it even safer.

Free security testing toolkit review: BackTrack 3
The latest update to the BackTrack toolkit not only features several tools that lighten the load of security assessment in your organization, but it's also free. In this review, learn why BackTrack 3 has security expert Kevin Beaver so fired up.

Vista SP1 vs. XP SP3 -- upgrade or business as usual?
Vista Service Pack 1 just came out, and XP Service Pack 3 is right around the corner. Time to decide which is best for your organization. In this tip from security pro Kevin Beaver, learn about the updates and additions that each of these service packs brings to their respective OS.

Windows Integrity Control (WIC) in Vista
BitLocker and User Account Control get lots of hype as new security features in Vista, but what about Windows Integrity Control? Learn about WIC in this excerpt from "Hacking Exposed Windows."

How to exploit two common Windows vulnerabilities
Metasploit and other free security testing tools can help you uncover Windows security vulnerabilities, like unencrypted laptop drives and local Windows password hashes.

Correct improperly assigned user rights in Windows XP
Assigning user rights in Windows XP can be tricky. In this thread on our IT Knowledge Exchange, learn why your XP users are able to browse, open and modify files when you don't want them to.

How to recover from lost BitLocker PINs and startup keys
Windows BitLocker Drive Encryption makes it possible to encrypt your system drive, but permanent data loss can occur if you forget the PIN or lose the startup key. This article explains some steps you can take to regain your lost data..

A Windows security checklist for IT managers
Do the Windows security products you're considering address every security issue? Use this high-level checklist as a quick reference to make sure all your bases are covered.

Windows Resource Protection (WRP) protects critical system resources
Windows Resource Protection has undergone some changes since its predecessor Windows File Protection was used to protect critical Windows system files. Learn about WRP's evolution and what it means to the security of your Windows shop in this excerpt from "Hacking Exposed Windows."

How to secure BitLocker configurations
BitLocker can be configured for Windows security in many ways: with TPM, with TPM and a startup PIN or without TPM but with a USB device. The list goes on and on. Find out which of these settings is right for you in this excerpt from "Hacking Exposed Windows."


This was first published in December 2008

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