Linked by Alcibiades on Wed 4th Jan 2006 18:04 UTC
Windows Like a lot of people who have worked in the business, I find myself in conversations about computer security with people who are having problems or know people who have problems. I wrote this to save me from explaining the same thing over and over again to different people, and to save them the trouble of having to make notes as we talked. It was meant to be something you could give to a 'naive user' and have them be able to read and follow it more or less unaided, and while not being a complete guide, at least be something that made them more secure than before they got it.
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That pretty much describes how I setup computers for work use. If you're doing support for home users, though - especially if you're being paid to do it - you're often limited by their willingness to make significant changes to their usage habits. E.g., most home users I've done support for would not tolerate the hassles that come along with running come with running as a non-Admin in windows. In a work environment, it's not really an issue as the end users shouldn't be installing software, making settings changes, accessing files belonging to other users on the PC, etc.

For home users, I've found that the less interaction required from them, the better. AVG + automatic scheduled updates, ditto with Spybot. I prefer spybot to adaware these days, because spybot has command line options that allow you to automate it using the windows task scheduler (/autoupdate /autoscan /autoclean /autoclose, etc).

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