Networking
 
Difficulty You Should... More Info...
 Medium turn off "file and printer sharing" if you don't need to share files and printers over a LAN/intranet Shields Up!
Medium disable WINS TCP/IP if you don't network with a WINS server over a LAN/intranet Shields Up!
Hard unbind the TCP/IP Protocol from every other adapter, protocol, and service other than the adapter used to connect to the internet Shields Up!
Hard uninstall unneeded network services, protocols, and adapters (e.g., all but the DialUp Networking [DUN] Adapter or other network adapters, and the TCP/IP Protocol) Shields Up!
Hard don't set up unnecessary network shares; password protect and hide those you do set up Shields Up!
Hard turn off the "Remote Update" setting using poledit.exe (System Policy Editor)  
Hard acquire and learn to configure and use a personal firewall (e.g., Norton Internet Security or ZoneAlarm) Personal Firewalls
Hard refuse to install proprietary, ISP provided dialup networking software; use the native Windows Dial Up Networking software alone Privacy Power
CounterExploitation
Hard use an ISP that encypts passwords and does not use plain text passwords  
Hard acquire and learn to configure and use a networking encryption program (e.g., PC Anywhere or PGP) Networking Security/Encryption
Hard configure your modem to dial out only (not receive calls) if you don't receive faxes or do remote networking  
Hard if you do remote networking, configure your modem to dial you back at the location you're at  
Hard acquire and learn to configure and use a secure remote networking program (e.g., PC Anywhere or VNC) Networking Security/Encryption
 

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