[ale] [OT] Need to lock down a Windows laptop
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Tue Apr 12 06:58:20 EDT 2011
> On 04/11/2011 06:16 PM, Trey Sizemore wrote:
>> Hi all-
>> Off-topic for the list, but I know there's tremendous knowledge and
>> experience here when it comes to tightening a Windows machine.
>> I've got my daughter's laptop dual-booting Windows 7 and Ubuntu.
>> I've encouraged her to use Ubuntu as much as possible, but realize
>> there are some programs that are not able to run on Linux at this
>> point (tried Wine and others).
>> So for the times she does log in to Windows, I want to have
>> up-to-date anti-virus installed and am looking for some advice on
>> what to use. Also, any other software that would be good to
>> install to help keep the nasties off.
> This is about risk management.
> Don't let her Windows PC on your main subnet.
> Split your network into "teen" and "everything else" subnets. I
> doubt you can secure her systemm since she will be using facebook and
> other social media. You could block facebook, so the games there
> can't attack her machine. She would hate you. There will always be
> zero-day flash exploits
> and other exploits. Disabling flash is probably not an option. The
> same for PDF. Flash and PDF are the main attack vectors for viruses,
> spyware, malware.
> She needs to learn how to secure her PC, and sadly, she needs to get
> hacked in order to learn it. I speak from experience having a teen
> girl crying over her broken PC and forcing her to reload it herself.
> These days, knowing how to do that is like knowing how to change a
> flat tire, IMHO.
> If you block facebook - which I have - lots of other things stop
> working. Seems that lots of large media companies are using facebook
> as a proxy to gain access to their content.
Surely you're not serious? Block facebook for a teenager? You might as
well block air. ;) Seriously, teens live and breath facebook.
I still say, don't let the Windows on the network. Play all the games
you want, off the network. Facebook under Linux.
> A few articles about desktop security that may be helpful
> http://blog.jdpfu.com/pages/secure-browser-settings The specifics may
> be out of date, but the general ideas are fine. Google will help you
> find more.
> Setup an automatic backup for her. Antivirus programs are only 80%
> effective. Having one doesn't mean the computer is safe, regardless
> of which program it is.
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