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Top 5 Windows desktop security tips of the year (so far)

We're counting down the five most popular Windows desktop security tips so far this year. They cover everything from malware attacks to the tastiest security threats: supercookies.

Where there are Windows desktop security issues, tips are not far behind. Our experts cover a range of security topics -- from Group Policy settings to malware attacks -- so IT administrators can prepare for the unexpected. Check out the five most popular Windows desktop security tips so far this year to catch up on what you may have missed; they could help your organization avoid future problems.

5.  How application whitelisting can help prevent advanced malware attacks
Admins often assume that users' desktops are fully protected, but when multitasking becomes the norm, security can sometimes get glossed over. Preventing and detecting malware attacks are important parts of keeping up with Windows desktop security. Advanced malware can be tricky, but application whitelisting on desktops can provide an additional layer of protection against malware attacks.

4.  Targeted malware attacks, social engineering schemes threaten desktops
A recurring theme in Windows desktop security is the development of targeted malware attacks. There are other security threats, however, that shouldn't go unnoticed. They include social engineering schemes such as so-called phishing and whaling. Cybercriminals are gaining access to sensitive data because unwitting users leave their desktops unsecured or respond to the wrong inquiries. Learn about how these attacks work so you can properly address them.

3.  Supercookies take a bite out of enterprise desktop security
Supercookies pose the latest threat to Windows desktop security. These tracking cookies collect much more data and information than traditional cookies, and they're much harder to delete. But, unlike regular tracking cookies, supercookies are browser-independent, meaning they can track a user's activity even after he switches browsers. Many IT shops aren't yet aware of these new tracking cookies in Flash, so read up on supercookies to learn how to stop them.

2.  Using Group Policy settings to lock down enterprise desktop security
Windows desktop security involves many moving parts, but Group Policy settings can help. Use them to manage Internet Explorer and Microsoft Outlook. These settings can also be used to configure User Account Control and prevent desktop tampering by restricting access to Windows 7's Control Panel.

1.  Free open source security tools for finding and fixing Windows flaws
IT pros searching for ways to find Windows flaws should look no further. Whether you're looking for password crackers, port and vulnerability scanners, or Web and SQL Server security software, this list of must-have free open source security tools provides numerous options for staying a step ahead.

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Which of these Windows desktop security topics that we've covered so far this year most concerns you?