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Quick Bytes: Educating home users

By Peter Piazza

It’s commonplace for workers to use home computers to connect to corporate networks, but it’s no secret that these computers are an easy target for attackers, thus jeopardizing corporate networks as well. Stepping in to help is the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), which has released a series of recommendations aimed at users of Windows XP Home Edition. Eschewing jargon and technospeak, the guide explains the basics of securing the operating system, from creating strong passwords to disabling unneeded networking features. @ Guidance for Securing Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition: A NIST Security Configuration Checklist is at SM Online.

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