Secure Your Windows Xp Computer
With viruses, spyware and hackers
round the corner, there could be many ways by which your PC would
be prone to attacks. My PC, which is installed with XP, had to be
formatted 2-3 times recently due to virus attack and I had to
reinstall the XP on all the occasions. Here are few simple steps
to make your Windows XP more secure.
Turn on Automatic Updates: Update is a Windows XP
utility which helps to download the latest updates from Microsoft
website. With this your PC will have the latest security updates.
But one of the disadvantages of using Automatic updates is that it
consumes a lot hard disk space.
Turn on Windows Firewall:
If you have Service Pack 2 installed in your PC, you can turn on the
free Firewall provided by Windows. Although the firewall will not give
you a 100% protection, it does give some protection.
Install an Anti-virus Software: There are lot of
anti-virus softwares available. Make sure you install one as viruses
are the most common type of attack. Not only you install the
anti-virus, update it with the latest security updates once in a
Protect from Spywares and Adwares: Spywares and
Adwares are other common types of attacks on your PC. There are lot of
free Spyware and Adware removal tools. Install one and scan your
computer once in a while.
Be Careful while using Internet: Do not click on any
malicious links and also do not download any attachments or softwares
without scanning them. If you use a floppy drive or a CD drive, scan
the files before you open or copy to the system.
These are fews steps to make your PC more secure. Although with these
steps, it may not be 100% secure, but as wisely said-”Prevention is
better than cure”
you work in a corporate environment where you don't appreciate
your co-workers or boss having access to your comp and private
files when you are not around?
can provide added level of security to your
System. This is called securing your Windows XP accounts
You can store all information related to your accounts in a
encrypted form on a floppy disk. What this would do is that if
You do not have access to your floppy disk, You can not access
the system. I am not sure You realized what I just said ! Even
if You know your userid/password, You will not be able to access
the system unless and until You have this startup disk.
The process of generating
this secure startup floppy disk is simple. Go to START-RUN and type
syskey. You will see a window come up. Click on Upgrade command
button. You would see another window popping up which will give You
the option of storing the encrypted accounts database either locally
or on your floppy disk. Choose floppy disk and click OK and let the
process complete. You are done.
Next time You reboot the
and get to the logon prompt, make sure that You have the floppy disk
available in A: drive else You can not log on.