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Platinum Edition Using® Microsoft® Windows® XP by Brian Knittel, Robert Cowart

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General Security Practices

So now you've seen some of the threats; what general practices can you use to protect yourself? Whether you're using a standalone system or a LAN, consider following these recommendations:

  • Install a virus scanner, and update the virus definitions on a regular—daily, or at worst, weekly—basis.

  • Disable the Outlook or Outlook Express preview pane.

  • Use at least Medium security settings in Internet Explorer.

  • Never run email attachments from unknown sources.

  • Disable bridging in corporate environments to keep users from bridging secure networks to insecure networks.

  • Never run email attachments, even from known sources, if you weren't expecting to receive them.

  • Never share your password, not even with a system administrator or technician. ...

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