You use digital IDs to prove your identity and encrypt text when sending email messages. This permits your recipients to determine that the message was actually sent by you and keeps your conversation private.
Although, Public wireless hotspots or networks are very convenient, but they present many risks if not properly secured. Whenever possible, only connect to wireless networks that require a network security key or have some other form of security, such as a certificate.
The technology known as ClearType font on Windows systems makes text on displays easier to read. It is enabled by default on Windows 7 but to get the full benefit of ClearType you need a high-quality, flat-panel monitor, such as LCD or plasma.
The Autoplay feature may pose a security risk on computers running Windows operating systems. The feature enables computers to automatically open and run different types of media when they are inserted into the computer. Malware leverage such capabilities by using an autorun.inf to try and install itself on every computer the infected media is attached to. To disable the Autoplay feature on Windows computers follow these steps:
By default, Windows 7 suspends an inactive network connection to a shared folder residing on a server after 15 minutes however; you can modify this setting through Group Policy settings. When a session is suspended and the client computer resumes its activity the network connection is automatically re-established. Still, some users find it annoying to see red marks on mapped network drives in Windows Explorer.
Many posts on this blog talk about various Group Policy settings and how to implement them. Although, Group Policy main focus is to lock down settings on workstations and servers in a domain environment, you can still implement the same measures on workstations in a workgroup environment.
A new policy setting on Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 is intended to support clients running a version of Windows prior to Windows 8 that are trying to access a file share that requires user claims. This policy setting may be needed where there are local file access policies that include user claims.
Windows 7 incorporates a mode that allows you to run programs written for earlier versions of Windows. Some old programs may run poorly or cease to run on Windows 7. When this happens you can find a solution by invoking the Program Compatibility troubleshooter.
Windows 7 has inbuilt features that users are encouraged to use in order to keep their systems secure. Nevertheless, third party security software such as anti-malware is still required and highly recommended. Some of these features include additional tasks which may require an advanced level of computer proficiency:
A new policy setting on Windows 8 allows you to lock down your workstation after a period of inactivity. Although, you could lock down a user session based on idle time in previous Windows systems, this setting as a policy is only found on Windows 8 and Windows Servers 2012 systems.