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Tips To Make Your PC More Secure - Physical and Folder Security"

Limit who can use your PC
If you allow other people to use your PC, they will most likely be able to access information you store on the PC. Websites they visit can infect your PC with viruses. The best practice when multiple people use a PC is to set up each person with their on logon ID.

These links provide help for creating new accounts for other people to use on your PC: Windows XP Help
Windows 7 & Windows Vista Help

Limit access to system folders
Access to the following folders on your PC should be restricted:
  1. c:\
  2. c:\Program Files\
  3. c:\Windows\
  4. c:\Windows\System32\
The following permission settings should be used for the above folders:
  1. Users: Read, Execute, List Folder Contents
  2. Administrators: Full Control, Modify, Read & Execute, List folder contents, Read, Write
  3. Everyone Group: No Access
  4. All Others: No Access
The following link is Microsoft's recommendation for folder permissions:
Windows XP Help

The link provides information on how to change folder permissions:
Windows XP Help

These links provide information to restore your system permissions to default settings, if you make a mistake:
Windows XP Help
Windows 7 Help

File shares can also be risky, These links provide information for disabling file shares:
Windows XP Help
Windows 7 Help

Limit access to the system registry
The following permission settings should be used for the key named "HK_LOCAL_MACHINE" in the system registry:
  1. Everyone: Read
  2. All Application Packages: Read
  3. Restricted: Read
  4. System: Full Control, Read/li>
  5. Administrators: Full Control, Read/li>
These links provide information for limiting access to your system registry:
Windows XP Help
Windows 7 Help

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