Simple Ways to Harden Clients

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 3 Nov. 2005 / Last Updated on 3 Nov. 2005]

Three simple ways to harden Windows XP clients.

If you can't harden client operating systems like Windows XP the same way you harden server operating systems like Windows Server 2003, then how can you harden your XP clients? Here are three simple ways:

  • Enable Windows Firewall to block unsolicited inbound traffic.
  • Install antivirus and antispyware software to prevent malicious code from running on your system.
  • Log on as an ordinary user for tasks like browsing the web and checking email, and only logon as local Administrator when you need to perform administrative tasks like installing new software.

Do these three simple steps and your XP clients will be pretty hard!

Mitch Tulloch

The Author — Mitch Tulloch

Mitch Tulloch is a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, networking, and security. He has been repeatedly awarded Most Valuable Professional (MVP) status by Microsoft for his outstanding contributions in supporting users who deploy and use Microsoft platforms, products and solutions. Mitch has published over two hundred articles on different IT websites and magazines, and he has written or contributed to almost two dozen books and is lead author for the Windows 7 Resource Kit from Microsoft Press. For more information, see .

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