Checklists are developed by security experts by questions which deal with a number of security problems. Security includes keeping the system safe from threats and viruses, user restrictions in case of a system used by multiple resources, updating the operating system, firewalling to prevent hacking etc.
First, make sure that this tool is installed on following tools:
- Symantec Endpoint Protection: Protects from viruses, spyware, and more.
- Spybot Search and Destroy: NUIT recommends free antispyware software to detect spyware on Windows computer. This software is safe to use with other antispyware or antimalware applications.
Protect Your Data
- Create secure NetID password to protect all your personal information, banking information, paychecks and more. And don’t share these details with family, friends, coworkers or managers.
- Lock your screen before, when others access information on your system.
- Beware before sharing on social media. Sometimes cloud finds answer to your security questions like birthday date, town, model of your first car, name of your first school etc.
- Prefer a security question which is hard-to-guess and answers, or use answers which don’t match the question.
- Have regular backup to a secure offsite or cloud-based location.
Windows has many unique features and you can organize and monitor the basic security of the system. Let’s see some of the security checklist for windows as shown below.
Virus or Malware Protection
Viruses and malwares issues have become common in recent years. The ability of the malwares to infect your system has increased tremendously. If windows do not come with a pre-installed antivirus, then it provides Windows Defender which prevents spyware and also other potentially unwanted softwares. Microsoft offers standard antiviruses know as Microsoft Security which is really good enough for a home PC.
Firewall helps monitor to restrict network traffic essentially for preventing hackers and Malicious software from gaining access to the system. For a home PC, Windows provides a built in firewall called Windows Firewall. In Windows, Windows Firewall can be configured by going to the Control Panel > System And Security > Windows Firewall
Windows Updates keeps your system up to date, which means that most of the recently discovered vulnerabilities or problems/enhancements on Windows will be fixed as soon as updated. You should turn on Windows Updates to allow Windows to download and install all the latest updates for itself. This Windows Update are configured by going to Control Panel > System And Security > Windows Update
System Restore and Recovery
Windows regularly keeps on creating System Restore points, which are used to restore your system to previous date, when there is any serious issues occurred. System Restore can be accessed through Control Panel –> All Control Panel Items –> Recovery
User Account Control
User Account Control is very helpful in monitoring which applications are accessing sensitive areas of the system which can damage Windows. User Account Control can be accessed through Control Panel –> User Accounts and Family Safety –> User Accounts –> Change User Account Control Settings. Check it out to know some security checklist for Windows.