Posted: Thu Oct 21, 2010 6:41 pm Post subject: Reloading windows - what security should I do
I am trying to lock down my pc as much as possible. I got 2 trojans within the past month. Possibly from webkinz or facebook, but cannot prove either. So, I want to lock down my pc as much as possible. Here is my plan. Do I need to do anything else?
My wireless router is already set up to use encryption. I also have MAC filtering on so that only my pc and my playstation 3 can get onto it wirelessly. I do not have rules set up on the firewall on it. I only see where I can set ip rules and I dont know how to set up an ip rule without blocking all of the internet. I may be able to add ips as I go?
I am going to set up a policy in Windows XP. Probably more than one actually. I want to create strong password policies. I will create users for each user that will be using the pc. I would like to make them all limited users, but that always seems to be a pain because then the kids cannot do what they need to sometimes. I also want policies to prevent application from being installed or at least prevent them without a password. Not sure how to do that yet?
Next, Norton will have its updates of course. I did not see a lot of options for firewall with it. I would like to install Zone Alarm as long as Norton does not complain. Unless I can find good options in Norton.
I am going to set up proxies in Firefox and IE8. I will put 0.0.0.0 as the proxy. Then, I will add exceptions to the sites I want to use. This way, it locks down all the internet except only what I say.
I will install better privacy add on, and no script add on in Firefox. I cannot remember all the settings in Firefox, but I will turn them on.
I will show everyone to use PrivateBrowsing also in Firefox.
In IE, I will turn on content advisor. Also, use inPrivate browsing. Thirdly, do the same proxy with 0.0.0.0 if possibile. Fourthly, set security on High and Privacy on High. However, sometimes activex seems to complain, so I have to allow some of them. Not sure which ones yet, but I think I know a few of the activex settings in IE.
after everything is installed, I am going to right click on each registry folder in regedit and deny all. I can always change this when I need to install something. Other than that, nothing should be messing with my registry. Of course, export the registry first.
I found something that will check for key loggers. I hear too much about people stealing identity from logging keystrokes. I want to prevent this or at least be monitored of it when it occurs.
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