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Windows Vista Security For Dummies

Brian Koerner, Mike Borkin (Contributions by), Joe Howard (Contributions by)
ISBN: 978-0-470-11805-4
364 pages
November 2007
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Windows Vista is beefed up with plenty of new security features to help you deflect spyware, malware, and identity thieves. But unless you know how to use these powerful tools, all you’ll get is frustration. So arm yourself with Vista Security For Dummies and discover your right to Rights Management, what Windows Security Center provides, and how to toughen up your defenses.

This indispensable guide shows you how to slam your Windows shut on vulnerabilities and security threats. You’ll find out how to use the fortress built into Vista to assess your risk, protect your kids, keep pfishers out of your bank account, and much more. You’ll also learn how to get the most out of Vista’s security features using authentication, Windows Defender, parent controls, security enhancements, firewall buttresses, wireless protections, encryption, and much more. Discover how to:

  • Save money by using built-in security tools
  • Audit your network
  • Fine-tune your firewall
  • Use all of the enhancements in Explorer 7
  • Control what your kids play and where they go online
  • Develop a comprehensive security plan
  • Dispense security from Windows Security Center
  • Reduce exposure by controlling user tasks
  • Secure your digital information with RMS
  • Manage accounts, groups, and shares
  • Plan and implement Encrypting File System
  • Avoid data theft with BitLocker
  • Establish advanced security practices

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: Vista Security Essentials 7

Chapter 1: Getting Up to Speed on Vista Security 9

Chapter 2: Setting Up Your Security Plan 25

Chapter 3: Dispensing Security from Windows Security Center 41

Part II: Controlling Access to Systems and Data 51

Chapter 4: Administering User Account Control 53

Chapter 5: Protecting Your Data with Rights Management Service 73

Chapter 6: Managing Accounts, Groups, and Shares 81

Chapter 7: Advanced Techniques for Managing Access 103

Part III: Preserving and Protecting Data 133

Chapter 8: Backing Up So You Can Always Restore 135

Chapter 9: Planning and Implementing Encrypting File System 159

Chapter 10: Avoiding Data Theft with BitLocker 171

Part IV: Guarding against Threats to Network Security 197

Chapter 11: Configuring Your Firewall 199

Chapter 12: Locking Down Wireless 217

Chapter 13: Implementing IE7 Security Features to Limit Your Exposure 237

Chapter 14: Avoiding Invasion (By Malware, Spyware, Viruses, and the Other Usual Suspects) 259

Part V: Establishing Advanced Security Practices 281

Chapter 15: Restricting the Use of Removable Media (And More) 283

Chapter 16: Working with Vista Security Policies 293

Part VI: The Part of Tens 311

Chapter 17: Nine Security Risks and How to Thwart Them 313

Chapter 18: Ten Additional Security Tools and Resources You Shouldn’t Compute Without 325

Appendix A: Glossary of Vista and Security Terms 335

Appendix B: Getting to Know Vista Versions (And Related Security Features) 341

Index 345

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Author Information

Brian Koerner, CISSP, is About.com's identity theft expert and a former police officer. An expert in computer forensics, he provides IT security services to small-to-medium businesses and Fortune 500 corporations.
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"... gives practical advice...a useful companion" (Infosecurity, September 1, 2008)
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