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    • How to Turn off User Account Control

      How to Turn off User Account Control

      Microsoft designed the Windows User Account Control and deployed it on the Windows Operating System (OS) in order to prevent unauthorized modifications to critical settings or programs on a computer running the Windows OS. Microsoft deployed User Account Control since Windows XP, and has continued to update the application in newer versions of Windows (such

    • Understanding and Designing a Public Key Infrastructure

      Understanding and Designing a Public Key Infrastructure

      An Introduction to the Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) It has grown more important to ensure the confidentiality and integrity for data communication where an organization's network contains intranets, extranets, and Internet Web sites. Because of the connectivity of networks today, an organization's network is exposed to unauthorized users who could possibly attempt to access and

    • How to Limit Internet Access in Windows XP User Accounts

      How to Limit Internet Access in Windows XP User Accounts

      User accounts allow Microsoft Windows to differentiate between computer usersĀ  in order to determine the rights they should have. Each user account is assigned its own location on the hard disk for file storage. There is a collection of settings pertaining to each account that is stored in the computer’s Registry. Methods for Limiting a

    • Wireless Connection Security

      Wireless Connection Security

      Wireless Network Security Threats Wireless networks do not have the inbuilt physical security of wired networks, and are unfortunately more prone to attacks from intruders. Once unauthorized access is gained to the wireless network, the intruder would be able to easily access the resources of the corporate, internal network. To complicate matters, there are numerous

    • Understanding Certificate Authorities

      Understanding Certificate Authorities

      An Overview on Certificate Authorities In the Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), digital certificates are based on public key cryptography. The PKI consists of a set of components, policies, protocols, and technologies that provide data authentication, integrity, and confidentiality through the use of certificates, and public and private keys. Data is protected by applying a hashing

    • Securing Domain Controllers

      Securing Domain Controllers

      Domain Controllers Security Issues When it comes to Windows Server Active Directory networks, one of the most important server roles which can be configured is probably the domain controllers role. Domain controllers perform a number of important functions and control activities within a domain, including the following: Contain a replica of the Active Directory directory

    • Understanding Security Templates

      Understanding Security Templates

      With Windows NT 4.0, came the launch of the System Policy Editor feature which enabled administrators to manage the security settings of the system through a single user interface. The System Policy Editor feature allowed administrators to easily manage configurations of multiple computers because configuration settings could be copied between systems. With the introduction of

    • Implementing Account and Security Policies

      Implementing Account and Security Policies

      Understanding Security Policy Types With Windows Server 2003, you can implement and manage security settings at the following levels: Local computer (local security policies) Active Directory site, domain, or organizational unit (domain security policies) Local security policies are managed through Local Computer Group Policy Objects (GPOs), and domain security policies are managed through Group Policy

    • Implementing Public Key Infrastructure

      Implementing Public Key Infrastructure

      An Overview on the Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) A set of components, standards, and protocols make up the Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), which protects data as it is transmitted over the network. The PKI is an integral aspect of security within a network. Digital certificates form the basis of the PKI because these certificates use

    • How Internet Authentication Service (IAS) works

      How Internet Authentication Service (IAS) works

      Internet Authentication Service (IAS) is Microsoft's implementation of a RADIUS (Remote Authentication Dial-in User Service) server and proxy. As a RADIUS server, IAS performs centralized connection authentication, authorization, and accounting for many types of network access, including wireless and VPN (Virtual Private Network) connections. As a RADIUS proxy, IAS forwards authentication and accounting messages to

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