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    Friday, September 17, 2004

    Windows security checklist

    Chris reminded me of a Windows security checklist that's been floating around the blogs lately. I haven't had the chance to investigate all of these products, but it seems that the list is being celebrated by heavy hitters like CNET and Slashdot.

    So I share that list with you now. I understand that the original posting of these tips on another blog has since disappeared. So here's to cleaning up your machine, and hoping that I don't get into too much trouble for republishing without permission.

    8 steps to better Windows security:

    1. Run Windows Update regularly.
    2. Install ZoneAlarm (Firewall)
    3. Buy and install NOD32 (Anti-Virus)
    4. Install WinPatrol (Anti-Hijack)
    5. Buy and install AdMuncher (Ad and Popup Blocker)
    6. Install and run AdAware (Anti-Spyware)
    7. Replace Internet Explorer and Outlook Express with Firefox & Thunderbird
    8. Disable Autorun.
    (9. Optional but recommended: Breathe a sigh of relief, then dance around your clean computer like a silly little monkey.)