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  • When to use (or not use) Windows Firewall

    In this excerpt from Mark Minasi's newest book, Mastering Windows Server 2003 Upgrade Edition for SP1 and R2, he explains when to use (or not to use) Windows Firewall. Should you use WF if you are already using a software firewall or a ...  Continue Reading

  • Windows Firewall Basics

    Mark Minasi is a best-selling author, commentator and all-around alpha geek. Mark is best known for his books in the Mastering Windows series. The following excerpt is from chapter eight of his newest book, Mastering Windows Server 2003 Upgrade ...  Continue Reading

  • Patch management: Are off-cycle, third-party patches trustworthy?

    Often, waiting for Microsoft to release a patch is a bother. One solution is to fix these vulnerabilities with off-cycle, third-party patches. But off-cycle patches are not without their own risks. Brien Posey describes potential problems from ...  Continue Reading

  • Debunking the "Blue Pill" Vulnerability Theory

    In the weeks since Black Hat, the "Blue Pill" vulnerability demonstration continues to raise concerns about the security of Windows Vista. But is this something Windows admins should be alarmed about? Jonathan Hassell lays out the facts about the ...  Continue Reading

  • Evolution of the VML flaw

    Since the beginning of 2006, IE and other Web applications have certainly received their share of time in the patching spotlight. Almost like clockwork, Microsoft's monthly patch release features a fix for their Web browser or some other ...  Continue Reading

  • Top 5 free Windows security downloads

    SearchWindowsSecurity.com features a download section where you can find free tools that help you crack passwords, remove troublesome spyware and enhance network security. Check out our five most popular tools and find out what you've been missing.  Continue Reading

  • Developing a Windows patch methodology

    Patch Tuesday doesn't always make the patch process carefree. Jonathan Hassell recommends developing a good patch policy to ease the pain of frequent patching. Read his list of the essential components of a good policy.  Continue Reading

  • Prioritizing desktop patches

    Patching every month -- or sometimes more often -- can be a headache. Try killing the pain with a well-ordered plan. This checklist from contributor Serdar Yegulalp provides guidelines for prioritizing patches.  Continue Reading

  • Yes or no on Microsoft Firewall and other Windows hardening advice

    Windows hardening expert Jonathan Hassell offers his opinions on the issues that matter to you. In this collection of recent "ask the expert" questions, you can find out how to disable Microsoft Firewall, set permissions for shared Excel files and ...  Continue Reading

  • The hacker's toolbox

    Hackers attack your network with a variety of tools. Well, it's time to even the score. By using the tools they already have, you can test your network and find your most dangerous vulnerabilities before they do. Find out what they are using in this...  Continue Reading

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