Windows® 7 Security Tips
What are the various security tips to keep Windows 7 secure?
When Microsoft introduced its latest version of the Windows Operating System, Windows 7, it ensured that this version is the most secure one among all other Windows operating systems. Windows 7 features what is called the AutoRun and/or AutoPlay. This allows the initiation or execution of several actions, such as to play the audio/video content in the appropriate player or to launch a particular software, when CDs, DVDs, USB sticks, and flash drives are inserted. Windows 7 is also compatible with many anti-spyware and antivirus programs, which allows the user to protect the computer from the attack of viruses. The administrator could set up passwords to protect the system from the changes made in the system files by a different user or a spyware.
Windows 7 security features are:
- BitLocker To Go
The BitLocker is a disk encryption feature in Windows 7 that protects the data in the computer by providing encryption to the entire volume. Once BitLocker is turned on in any driver, all the data that you save on that drive would be automatically encrypted. This feature is available with the Ultimate and Enterprise editions of Windows 7. You could also install a third party encryption program in the other versions of Windows 7.
BitLocker To Go
The BitLocker To Go software included in Windows 7 allows its users to keep the flash drives and USBs that they connect to Windows 7 safe and secure. While the BitLocker safeguards your information in the hard drive by encryption, BitLocker To Go takes the encryption capabilities to USBs and flash drives. The benefit of this application is that even if you lose your flash drive, you could be sure that the information in the flash drive cannot be read in another computer.
AppLocker is one of the new features in Windows 7. This is an alternative to the Software Restriction Policies (SRPs) that were available in Windows XP. Many malware and spyware attack the system when a new software is opened in the computer without thorough virus scanning. AppLocker prevents these kind of attacks by notifying the user that a program is getting started and requests for the consent of the user to RUN the program or software. You could create a list of codes, and the programs with these codes would be executed without notification and other programs whose codes are not in the list would be notified before running in the system.
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