The growth of Android and iOS is invincible, but can’t rule out the rapid development of Windows platform. The later released Windows 8 is casting a magic spell over millions of Windows phone users worldwide. The much talked about security holes have been plugged and this time they’ve ensured that deflect attacks would be negotiated thoroughly. But, oftentimes, customers doubt the caliber of Windows and it becomes inevitable to redefine their thought process. To eradicate the ambiguity prevailing over the Windows security, I’ve compiled this post with 10 best practices for Windows security which could help you gain in-depth ideas over the security lapses and fixing them perfectly.
Concentrate on physical security:
When it comes to server security, apart from the other security measures a prime factor that needs to be addressed is physical security. Positioning your Windows server on a place which is filled up with dust, insecure, and open could cause a dip in the efficiency of your server easily. If you really want to cover up the security of the server, it is better to locate the server on a place which is clean, secure and locked. To track the miscreants involving in the data theft, it is recommended to install a surveillance camera. Not only this but also adding a redundant power system to server helps a great deal in saving the data in the drives as well as in severe power outage conditions.
Keep less and clean coding:
Whenever you’re into developing a machine, it is always better to code it lightly and cleanly. Crisp and clear coding helps a lot in troubleshooting and it isn’t vulnerable to any kinds of attacks. Having too much of commands and OS components could mean only one thing, exploiting the codes of your system is quite easy resulting in bringing down the performance of your system.
Incorporate trustable applications:
The economic meltdown has forced most companies to opt for freeware and open source applications available in the market. But, things could go awful if you failed to research on the performance of the applications. In fact, most cost-free applications have the ability to extract information of the users from the system and share it with the internet. This could be a fatal blow for your business enhancements as it could annoy customers and lost trust on your systems. So, perform a thorough research over the applications you plan to install on the system and make sure they are trusted and genuine, next to cost-effectiveness.
Practice normal user login mostly:
Most often administrators have to check with a lot of issues and this might require to login using their administrator account details. There is nothing wrong in it. But, whenever a malware attacks the system, using the administrator details to log in can intensify the malware attack to a greater extent. So, it is always better to make use of the generic user log in whenever you enter a system which doesn’t have any specific issues.
Plan for two or more admin accounts:
It is always better to have more than one account for administrators. While one account can be used for generic login purposes on systems, other one can be used for checking issues related to system. However, if there is more than one administrator in the organization, obviously the accounts need to be personalized. Any admin can create two accounts; the first account with the first name and second account with the second name. It helps in tracking which administrator has logged in to that particular system while troubleshooting it.
Set user accounts with passwords:
Allowing no user to login to the system without password options could lead to serious troubles. So, devise passwords for each and every client system, also, make sure that the password is complex. It is often difficult to break in a difficult password. To make it work greater, changing the passwords of the systems on a regular basis would be a better option.
Perfect firewall on systems:
Firewalls are must for each and every system in an organization. However, just setting up a firewall on the systems won’t ensure security. But, checking out the ports of the firewalls and studying the ports open and closed would be helpful in screwing up the security measures for the system.
Keep system fully up-to-date:
Windows boasts the rapid development of OS and improved market share in 2013 and it isn’t beating around the bust this time. But, one shouldn’t forget the fact that Windows OS proved to be best moving today is best suited for vulnerable attacks. A simple strategy to make your Windows system up and running without malware affects would be keeping the system completely up-to-date.
Windows server often comprises a hell a lot of files and information. Not all the files and services in the server are beneficial to the users. So, retaining the must have files and removing the unwanted services from the system would be highly beneficial in improving the efficiency, accessibility and data transfer of the server, next to formidable security.
Add layered security for data transfer:
While firewall can prevent your system from the incoming threats, IPSec would be the right option to protect your data from online thefts. This layered security approach helps users in experiencing secured data transfer environment and seals their data from vulnerable exploitation.
These are the 10 best practices that can be applied to any organization to prevent the Windows servers and systems from all kinds of threats. I hope the points discussed here are useful and interesting.
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