Question: What should our school do to secure our desktop computers running Windows XP Service Pack 2?
The IT Guy says:
Irrespective of your operating system, the three basic methods for securing individual desktops on a network are:
- Activate and configure a software firewall on the client computers
- Make sure all operating system and software programs are up to date with the latest available patches / updates
- Regularly update and run antivirus software
Microsoft provides a short guide on this topic, targeted specifically at small and medium business owners, but also applicable to educational users, at â€œStep-by-Step Guide to Securing Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 2 in Small and Medium Businesses.â€
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