With the amount of spyware and malicious scripts floating around anybody that
keeps sensitive materials on their system never can be too careful. I'd like to
show you some tweaks that you should be using to help keep your data a bit safer
than on default machines. The other part that I'll be looking into is pure
paranoia! Everybody's out to get you, don't let your computer transmit data
ANYWHERE without you telling it to.
This guide is intended for all of the people who believe tinfoil hats are
fashionable. 99.5% of the people out there won't need or want these tweaks.
We're not geeks REALLY! I like the way my hat makes me feel.... It makes
me feel sexy AND secure.
This is now the second posting of this article. I'm sure It'll continue to see revisions
in the months to come as I come up with more things to add to both this guide and our application. If you have any
suggestions please select feedback from the dropdown below and post a message in
the forum. I'm always looking for more things to include in this guide and also our Security Tweaking Application.
Too Lazy to Tweak the Registry?
We've also built an application to help you change all of the settings talked about in this article. IANAG Security Tweaking Program It's an ongoing project to help you guys with all of your security and paranoid needs.Additional Tips:
Media Player Spyware stoppage
Control The Start Menu/Taskbar Using Group Policies
Hiding Drive Letters In My Computer
New Level of Windows Security!
July 8 Updates:
* Included a bit about the security app
* Expanded the explanations of everything
* Added Additional Tips
I suggest doing a number of password related tweaks. It's very important to
use alphanumeric passwords and NOT store your passwords anywhere on your system.
Disable Storage of Credentials and .NET Passwords
This is primarily .NET passwords but it also stores passwords for network drives, websites and other applications.
Prompt for Password when coming back from Standby
time you come back from hibernation or Suspend mode you'll have to
enter a password to regain access to your computer. This is for all of
those people that walk away from their computer for a while without
logging off first.