Thursday, July 25, 2013

Secure Yourself from Hackers & Hijackers

Hackers and Browser Hijacking is one area of the Net that affects everyone at 

some stage. In addition to having third party utilities such as SpyBot, Anti 

Virus scanners and firewalls installed there are some changes that can be 

made to Windows 2000/XP. Below are some details to make your system

safer from hackers and hijackers.

Some of these tips require editing of the Registry so it is wise to either 

backup the registry and/or create a Restore Point.

1. Clearing the Page File at Shutdown

In the registry navigate to

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlSession ManagerMemo

ry Management and add or edit the DWORDClearPageFileAtShutdown. Set it 

to 1.

2. Disable the POSIX and OS/2 Subsystem.

To disable these subsystems, open the registry and navigate to HKEY LOCAL 

MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlSession ManagerSubSystems. 

Delete the subkeys Os2 and Posix. then reboot.

3. Never leave default passwords blank.

On installation, Windows sets up an Administrator account with total system 

access and prompts for a password. Guess what: by default, it allows that 

password to be blank. If a user doesn't want to type a password, he can 

simply click Next and the system will be an open door for anyone who wants 

to log on. Always opt for a password of some kind when setting up the 

default account on a machine.

4. Disable the Guest account

Windows XP comes with a Guest account that's used for limited access, but 

it's still possible to do some damage with it. Disable it completely if you are 

not using it. Under Control Panel, select User Accounts, click on Guest Account

and then select Turn Off the Guest Account.

Now Excuse me five MIN.......^_^

5. Install Windows In a different directory.

Install Windows In a different partitions

6. Fake out hackers with a dummy Administrator account

Since the default account in Windows is always named Administrator, an 

enterprising hacker can try to break into your system by attempting to guess 

the password on that account. It you never bothered to put a password on 

that account, say your prayers.

Administrator account it you haven't done so already. Then change the name 

of the Administrator account. You'll still be able to use the account under its 

new name, since Windows identifies user accounts by a back-end ID number 

rather than the name. Finally, create a new account named Administrator

and disable it. This should frustrate any would -be break-ins.

You can add new accounts and change the names of existing accounts in 

Windows through the Local Users and Groups snap in. Right-click on My 

Computer, select Manager, open the Local Users and Groups subtree, look in 

the Users folder and right-click on any name to rename it. To add a new user, 

rightclick on the containing folder and select New User. Finally, to disable an 

account, double-click it, check the Account is disabled box and click OK.

Don't ever delete the original Administrator account. Some programs refuse to 

install without it and you might have to log in under that account at some 

point to setup such software. The original Administrator account is configured 

with a security ID that must continue to be present in the system.

7. Set the Hosts file to read-only to prevent name hijacking.

8. Turn off unneeded Services.

9. Disallow changes to IE settings through IE.

10. Disable simple File Shares.

In Windows XP Professional, the Simple File Sharing mode is easily exploited, 

since it a little too easy to share out a file across your LAN (or the NET at 

large). To turn it off, go m My Computer, click Tools, Folder Option and the 

View tab, and uncheck Use Simple file sharing (Recommended). Click OK.

When you do this you can access the Security tab in the Properties window 

for all folders; set permissions for folders and take ownership of objects (but 

not in XP Home)


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