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Chapter 3. Securing Your Computer (Locki... > Securing Your Windows System

Securing Your Windows System

A few things about security generally apply across the board to all systems and all levels and should be considered by anyone working on a security plan. I will discuss a few of them here before moving into some more details and concepts of network and operating system security later in this chapter and in Chapter 4, Securing Your Servers. I have set this up so you can start reading here in Chapter 3 and continue until you find items that do not apply to you. At that point you might wish to keep reading or—if the security details being discussed are beyond your needs—you might skip to Chapter 5, Connecting to the Internet. Each section from this point until the end of Chapter 4 is designed to build on the previous sections. Each section assumes that you are doing some or all of what was given before it. If you are not, be sure to note that as you implement the security changes recommended. Your notes will help you greatly if you need to troubleshoot a problem while putting your security in place.

General Security Practices

The first thing to do is define some terms and concepts that relate to Windows security. Many of these concepts also apply to any operating system, but some of the discussion brings in details that are Windows-specific. The items in the following list form the basic building blocks of security. Understanding what they are and how to apply them is the first step to securing a computer.


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