Windows 7 Security Tweaks
1. When using Microsoft Office or other Windows Application a lot of personal information will be included by default in a file when you save it. For example, a simple Word document will contain the date and time last edited your name, your computer and company name. Luckily, there is a way to get around this if you want to remove this kind of personal data from a file.
- All you have to do is right click and open the context menu for the file.
- Select Properties and click on the Details Tab.
- On the bottom of the window you will find the Remove Properties and Personal Information option.
- Select Remove the following properties from this file option and check all the items you want to removed and press OK.
2. Did you know your private browsing offered by browsers in Windows 7 is not really that private ? Sure, all the browsers offer you privacy by not saving your history, cookies and temporary files and this would be enough if an user with basic computer skills would try to find out about the sites you visited. An advanced user however, can run the ipconfig /displaydns command and see the traces of the sites you visited in the local DNS cache.
To remove your tracks permanently you have to clear the local DNS cache after closing your browsing session. To do this you have to open an administrative level command prompt and use the ipconfig/flushdns command.
3. Remember the User Account Control from Windows Vista ? Well, it’s back in Windows 7, but it’s improved and easier to use. This feature basically allows you to control the way applications are changed in your system. The main changes when compared to its Windows Vista counterpart are that the number of annoying prompts has been reduced and a new slider bar type control panel has been added to allow you to modify the protection level.
If set to Always notify, you will be prompted everytime a program tries to make a change or if there is a change in Windows settings that require administrator privileges. The second safest option is ‘Notify me only when programs try to make changes to my computer’ which prompts you only if a program requires administrator privileges or if a program outside the operating system is trying to make some changes.
The third one, ‘Notify me only when programs try to make changes to my computer (do not dim my desktop)’, is like the one above with the only difference beeing that you are not on a secured desktop. And the last one, ‘Never notify’ pretty much speaks for itself. If you have administrator privileges, you can install and uninstall any application.
This guest article is by Tim Edmonds who is currently interested in Windows 7 tweaks.