Protect your computer - "DOs and DONT's "
1. File and Printer Sharing
We recommend disabling file and printer sharing for Microsoft
networks according to the following instructions:
Microsoft's sharing option which unfortunately is a default option, increases
your computer's vulnerability. If you don't actually take advantage of this
feature - disable it; if you do - try and find alternative ways for sharing
information between computers.
By disabling file and printer sharing you'll prevent other people from
accessing files on your computer and printers attached directly to it.
Disabling sharing will not affect your ability to access resources
shared by other computers.
2. "End Of Life" software (EOL)
EOL software means software, which is no longer supported by
its company. If the software in question suffers from vulnerability
and the software company no longer produces security patches for
it, it means your computer is at risk - especially when the software
is your operating system. Check out your software's status and
upgrade your software.
For example: As a result of Microsoft's announcement that it will
no longer support the operating systems: Windows 98, Windows 98
Second Edition, and Windows Me, the Computer Authority announces,
that support for these systems will cease in July 2006. End of Life was also announced for the following products: Windows 2000, Windows XP SP 1-2, Windows Vista RTM starting July 2010.
More info: http://huca.huji.ac.il/services/software/win98-e.shtml
3. P2P (peer-to-peer) programs
Peer-to-peer is a type of Internet network that allows users with
the same program to connect with each other and access files on
one another's hard drives. Examples: Kazzaa, emule, imesh, mIRC
and so on. P2P should not be used over the university's network.
They are indeed forbidden according to Policy on the university's
Acceptable Use of Computing and Networking Resources, but they also
put your computer at great risks. They must be uninstalled.
4. Internet connection sharing
If you have decided to share your Internet connection with other
computers - disable it and look for alternative
4. Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer
Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA) 1.2.1 is an easy
to use tool that helps to determine the security state in accordance
with Microsoft security recommendations and offers specific remediation
guidance. It detects common security ms-configurations and missing
security updates on your computer systems.
We recommend downloading and running this tool and looking for
BASIC security holes in your Windows.