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Turn On Auditing and Good Password Settings

Turn On Auditing and Good Password Settings

If you access Administrative tools in the Control Panel, you can use the Local Security Policy applet. You may not have permissions to use the tool directly (and logging on with an Administrator account seems risky). Right-click the Command Prompt, and select Run as Administrator. Log on with your Administrator account and password. Now you know how professionals access tools with the correct authority! Execute the secpol.msc application to begin (see Figure 11).

Figure 11 The Security Policy Editor, something everyone needs

There are a lot of settings here. I suggest you visit The Center for Internet Security (or download the Microsoft Security Guide for Windows 7). You really must configure the Account and Local Policies. These websites and their documents will provide good, secure settings.

What? You don’t have secpol.msc or gpedit.msc on your limited, home version of Windows 7??? This is a true limitation of these limited functionality operating systems. There is no easy way to implement these very basic, very necessary security settings!

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