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    PERIMETER SCAN

    Minimize your chances of being a malware victim


    By Ryan Russell

    Making a PC secure — truly secure — is incredibly difficult, and no one has ever done a perfect job of it.

    Eliminating all security vulnerabilities in your system is simply not within your power, but you can make it a much less-attractive target.

    The full text of this column is posted at WindowsSecrets.com/2010/02/18/06 (paid content, opens in a new window/tab).

    Columnists typically cannot reply to comments here, but do incorporate the best tips into future columns.


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    Under the heading Block malware attacks at the network level are suggestions regarding firewalls/ports and changing the hosts file.

    While changing the hosts file is relatively easy, I don't see a simple explanation of how to configure Windows (eg "7" or "Vista" or "XP") to close outbound ports and open them explicitly, as required. Perhaps this could be the subject of a future article?

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Kiwi View Post
    Under the heading Block malware attacks at the network level are suggestions regarding firewalls/ports and changing the hosts file.

    While changing the hosts file is relatively easy, I don't see a simple explanation of how to configure Windows (eg "7" or "Vista" or "XP") to close outbound ports and open them explicitly, as required. Perhaps this could be the subject of a future article?
    In Windows XP, you do not have a buitl-in Outbound Firewall, so a third-party product eould be needed. Most third-party firewalls do limit ports available for outbound traffic. And you could also go inside your router and configure it to block unneeded ports, as well as to stop broadcasting your MAC Address and Network ID signals.

    In Windows Vista and Windows 7, you do have an outbound firewall, but configuring it is a nightmare. One company, sphinx-soft, has a nice program which gives you the controls in a usable interface. Find Sphinx Controls here:

    http://www.sphinx-soft.com/Vista/index.html

    I agree that a future article detailing how to close unneeded ports would be useful to many of us.
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