Windows 7 security deep dive: The expert guide

Get the lowdown on Windows 7's key new security features and how to use them.

Windows 7 has been warmly received and swiftly adopted by businesses, with improvements over Vista such as a friendlier UAC mechanism, the ability to encrypt removable media as well as hard drive volumes, broader support for strong cryptographic ciphers, hassle-free secure remote access, and sophisticated protection against Trojan malware in the form of AppLocker, to name a few. At the same time, many IT admins are struggling with the platform's new security features, including changes to User Account Control, BitLocker, and other features inherited from Windows Vista, Windows 7 introduces a slew of new security capabilities that businesses will want to take advantage of.

This guide will run through these and other significant security enhancements in Windows 7 and provide recommendations for configuring and using them, most notably the new AppLocker application-control feature, which may be a Windows shop's most practical and affordable way to combat socially engineered Trojan malware.

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This story, "Windows 7 security deep dive: The expert guide" was originally published by InfoWorld.

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