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Protect your computer - "DOs and DONT's "

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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.


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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




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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.



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4. Internet connection sharing

If you have decided to share your Internet connection with other computers - disable it and look for alternative solutions.




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.

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Last updated: 06/08/2014