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Friday, September 15, 2006

The 14 Best Ways To Protect Your Computers

Infoworld columnist Roger A. Grimes pubbed a nice little article this morning listing 14 simple ways to protect your computers. This article is mainly targeted at people who have to manage a large number of boxes, but some of the tips he gives can be applied to simple, stand-alone systems.

Forget expensive IDSes, host-based IDSes, and unified threat management appliances. Here's how to really get the best security bang for your buck:

Here are a few links to articles we have on [GAS] that will be of use to you if you want to implement some of the suggestions that are given in the article:

4. Secure your passwords. Require long passwords, 10 characters or longer for normal users, 15 characters or longer for admin accounts. Implement account lockout, if even with only a one-minute lockout. On Windows, disable LM password hashes. On Unix/Linux, use the newer crypt(3) hashes, MD5 style hashes, or even better, bcrypt hashes if your OS supports it.

8. Update patch management for OSes and all applications. Have you patched Macromedia Flash, Real Player, and Adobe Acrobat lately?

9. Implement anti-virus, anti-spam, and anti-spyware tools on the gateway and/or at the host-level.


  • You forgot encryption!

    You can have all the anti-virus programs you want but if it somehow slips past your first wall of defense, encryption is a great back up plan. By encrypting your files virus' or hackers won't be able to access it and because virus' can't attach to it, all of those documents can still be transferred cleanly to another hard drive if need be.

    Check out this great software reviewed in the Seattle Times. It works for email encryption too!

    By Blogger V.y.Mun, at 4:51 PM  

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