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How to optimize Windows Firewall security

If you're ignoring or have disabled Windows Firewall, you might be missing out on some good, basic protections that are easy to set up and maintain.

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The most important Windows 10 security event log IDs to monitor

Regular reviewing of these Windows event logs alone or in combination might be your best chance to identify malicious activity early.

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Microsoft 365 Apps update changes: What security admins need to know

Microsoft has renamed its Office 365 update channels and added options. You might have to make changes in your configuration and deployment tools.

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Local attackers can use Group Policy flaw to take over enterprise Windows systems

Microsoft issues a patch to fix a flaw that could allow compromised non-privileged user accounts to place malicious DLLs on a system.

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Skipped patch from 2012 makes old Microsoft Office systems a favored target

Some organizations have still not implemented an Office patch from 2012. Attackers know this and are exploiting the vulnerability.

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PrintDemon vulnerability explained: Its risks and how to mitigate

Microsoft has finally patched the decades-old Windows PrintDemon vulnerability, but exploitable devices might still be on your network.

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How to use Microsoft Sysmon, Azure Sentinel to log security events

Microsoft's Sysmon and Azure Sentinel are easy and inexpensive ways to log events on your network. Here's how to get started with them.

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4 tips for protecting users from COVID-19-targeted attacks

Remote users in particular are vulnerable to coronavirus-themed phishing attempts, malicious domains, and repurposed malware. Protect them with these basic steps.

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How to minimize the risks of split tunnel VPNs

Split tunnel virtual private networks have some advantages for supporting remote workers connecting to a Windows network, but they come with risks. Here's how to best protect your network.

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How to check your Windows network for vulnerabilities

If you've made significant changes to your network to support remote workers, it's time to review what you've done to make sure everything is locked down.

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How to lock down Remote Desktop Protocol servers

Make sure you've made all the proper settings to secure remote desktop protocol (RDP) to best protect your Windows network when supporting remote workers.

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Microsoft Threat Protection: What security and IT admins need to know

Microsoft Threat Protection can protect Windows systems and Office 365 users on many levels, but licensing requirements can be confusing.

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How to prepare Microsoft Office and Windows for ransomware and email attacks

You've set up your remote workers during this COVID-19 crisis, but have you made the adjustments to be prepared for a cyber disaster like a ransomware attack?

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Securing Windows and Office in a time of COVID-19: update policies, remote options

Delayed updates and a rush to support remote workers have forced IT and security teams to scramble. This information and advice will help them better deal with the crisis.

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How to prevent attackers from using Windows against you

Attackers use standard Microsoft components such as DLLs or PowerShell to avoid detection. These tips will make such "living off the land" attacks harder to execute.

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How to prevent scripting attacks in Microsoft Office

The rise in phishing attempts requires another look at your Microsoft Office settings to minimize the risk of a user executing a malicious script.

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How to set up your network to prevent data loss

Critical data is at risk from both insider and external threats. Here's how to configure your Windows network for data loss prevention (DLP).

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How to fight hidden malware on Windows networks

Attackers are more clever about how they hide malicious files. Countering that starts with knowing what services belong on your network.

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