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7. Security Checklist > 7.1. Closing Back Doors in Windows XP

Closing Back Doors in Windows XP

Windows XP includes several features that will enable you to implement a reasonable level of security without purchasing additional software or hardware. Unfortunately, Windows is not configured for optimal security by default. The following steps will help you close some of these back doors:

  1. By default, the file sharing service is enabled for Internet connections, but in most cases, there's no reason for this. Open the Network Connections window, right-click the icon corresponding to your Internet connection, and select Properties. In the General tab, clear the checkbox next to the "File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks" option. If you have more than one Internet connection icon, repeat this for each of the others, but leave it enabled for the connection to your workgroup (if applicable).


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