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 Post subject: Laptop and home network security
PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2007 9:30 am 
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Can anybody point me to a good source of info for securing a laptop (any settings that should be set, etc etc)?

A similar primer for setting up a home wi-fi network would be kewl too...tnx!


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2007 3:20 pm 
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Securing your network:
http://www.practicallynetworked.com/sup ... secure.htm
(of course, consult your manual for specifics on what's where.)

Securing your laptop:
Well, that will depend on the specific laptop - what model/revision, what OS?
Generally, password-protect the Administrator account (always good practice, anyways) and your own account. Use good, strong passwords. Don't have the Guest account enabled unless you absolutely need it.
Switch the logon screen off (use 'classic' logon page - this requires both username and password to log on.)
Set a BIOS boot password if you're really paranoid. Same goes for a HDD lock (if your drive supports that.)
If you have a fingerprint reader, use it.

Edit: don't leave File & Print Sharing enabled while on a public network (Vista makes this easier, as it allows per-network settings.)


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2007 7:49 pm 
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Quick plug for DaLanTech:

Wireless Security

He might still lurk in this forum, haven't seen him around lately though.


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