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A Step-by-step Guide to Protect your Windows NT Network

This is a step by step guide to make your Windows NT system harder for a hacker to compromise. It will not make your network or your workstation completely secure, but it will help to make the hacker's job much harder. Hopefully, this will be enough for the hacker to move on to another target. At the very least it will probably buy you some time.

What if you use Windows 98 instead? Well, some of the tips below apply to Windows 98 as well, but you should seriously consider switching to Windows NT/2000/XP. The Windows 9x series of operating systems are so much worse from a security stand-point. They are being phased out by Microsoft too, so you will have to make the switch sooner or later anyway.

The steps below are the absolute minimum security effort you should put in to your network. Now to it.

  1. Install a firewall
  2. Don't let users be local administrators
  3. Latest service packs
  4. Anti-virus scanner
  5. DMZ
  6. Launch protection
  7. Personal firewall
  8. NTFS
  9. Pre-installed programs
  10. Rename Administrator
  11. Anti-virus scanner (again)


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