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Top 5 Windows hardening tips of 2005

With the closing of 2005 we wanted to take a look at some of the site's highlights over the last year. These are our most highly rated tips of the last year. They cover everything from user education to locking down XP workstations.

With the closing of 2005 we wanted to take a look at some of the site's highlights over the last year. 2005 brought new challenges to Windows Security administrators in the form of government auditing requirements, Active Directory complexity and end-user education.

These five tips -- in no particular order -- were the highest rated, and often the highest viewed Windows Hardening tips of the year.

Delivering daily security tips to users by Tom Lancaster<
In this tip Tom Lancaster describes how admins can use an old networking protocol called Quote of the Day to deliver daily security advice to end users.

Securing domain controllers by Derek Melber
Derek Melber, our resident Active Directory expert, details the required settings to secure domain controllers.

WinDump: The tcpdump tool for Windows by Serdar Yegulalp
Serdar Yegulalp reviews WinDump a free tcpdump tool that can analyze network traffic.

Locking down services on XP client workstations by Jonathan Hassell
Jonathan Hassell's list of Windows XP services to enable or disable was read by over ten thousand users.

Building your own certificate authority by Brien Posey
In this tip, Brien Posey provides a detailed guide to setting up a certificate authority with only Windows 2003 Server.

Did you find this advice helpful? Let us know whether or not you agree with the assessments of your peers, cast your vote at the bottom of each article.


This was last published in December 2005

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