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Top 10 desktop security tips of 2010

From blocking USB access on endpoints and tracking down temporary files to cracking passwords in Windows 7, see what desktop security topics Windows admins were most interested in this past year.

 

  1. Using Group Policy to lock down the Control Panel
    Preventing unauthorized changes to Windows systems is a basic security precaution. This tip explores how Group Policy settings can keep users from messing with the Control Panel.
  1. Blocking USB access on your endpoints
    While gluing your USB ports shut is one way to avoid data loss via a portable drive, there is a less drastic -- but still effective -- option.
  1. Windows 7 security vulnerabilities you don't know
    Just because Windows 7 is Microsoft's most secure desktop OS doesn't mean it's trouble-free. Address these six new and old vulnerabilities before migrating.
  1. Microsoft Security Essentials: When it may not be a good fit
    Security Essentials, Microsoft's antivirus software, is fast, reliable and free. But in certain situations, that's not enough. Find out if it's right for you.
  1. Where does Windows store its temporary files?
    The temp files generated by Microsoft's operating system can pile up and become a security hazard. Learn how to track them down and tidy up your systems with this tip.
  1. Cool -- and free -- client diagnostic tools
    These tools can be used to gather the desktop data needed for troubleshooting connectivity and authentication problems in enterprise desktops.
  1. Why you should eliminate passwords in your enterprise
    Not only are passwords annoying to remember and a pain to reset, but they're also easy to crack. Luckily, there's a better way to secure your desktops.
  1. XP, Vista or Windows 7: Which is the most secure desktop OS?
    Your favorite desktop operating system may not necessarily be the safest. See how XP, Vista and Windows 7 stack up in terms of security.
  1. Top 5 registry keys for Windows 7
    Use these helpful Windows 7 registry keys to manage user accounts, prevent a computer from rebooting after installing patches, and more.
  1. Cracking passwords in Windows 7
    When it comes to cracking passwords, nothing has changed with Windows 7. This tip shows how easily your passwords can be exploited.

Want more? Check out all our expert security tips and articles from 2010.


This was first published in December 2010

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