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This excerpt from Chapter 1 of Roberta Bragg's "Hardening Windows systems" explains why you need to keep your mouth shut.

Hardening Windows Systems Get a glimpse inside Roberta Bragg's new book "Hardening Windows systems" with this series of book excerpts. This excerpt from Chapter 1, "An immediate call to action," explains why you need to keep your mouth shut when it comes to your Windows systems. Click for the complete book excerpt series or purchase the book.

Keep secrets

Learn to shut your mouth. It's not rude, but a good practice, to refuse to talk about those things that might compromise security. It's one thing to share a security-hardening tip, or to alert someone to a bad practice that can be corrected. It's another thing to reveal your own systems' security weaknesses by talking about them to others. I know you would never intentionally do this, but I see and hear on a daily basis information that could be used to successfully attack other networks. You must become aware of what you are telling people or publishing to your web servers, where any one can find it by Googling on a few keywords. Think of the security of your information systems as if you were protecting your family or your country. Don't let your complaint, need to impress people with your knowledge, or request for help made to a public list reveal more than it should.

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