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What steps do you experts take in securing XP Professional and Vista?
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I can only answer for xp, since I avoid vista ;-)

Use restricted user accounts for daily work.
Apply windows updates (at work via wsus)
Use antivirus (1) & antimalware (2): gdata antivirus 2010 / prevx edge 3.0
Bi-weekly backup of the the userdata (at work: store all userdata on netdrives) with acronis trueimage (3)
You can scan the system with Secunia Personal Software Inspector (PSI) (4) to scan for insecure programs.
You can scan the system additionally with Belarc Advisor (5) a free Personal PC Audit tool.

Firewall: I recommend to use a hardware based firewall in front of your computer(s) in general, there is no software firewall needed, since a malware trying to get out can always do so. Rather keep your windows system clean then try to prevent an outbreak....

Still if you want extra protection for your browser you can use sandboxie (6) or Zonealarm ForceField (7)

If you want to tuneup your windows systems additionally please take a look at Tuneup Utilities 2009 (8)

If hard disk encryption you can use the free truecrypt 6.2 (9) full disk encryption.

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This should give a good idea what you can do with windows.


Tolomir

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(1) http://www.gdatasoftware.com/online-shop/anti-virus-produkte/shop/23-private-user/928-g-data-antivirus-2010.html
(2) http://www.prevx.com/freescan.asp
(3) http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing/products/trueimage/
(4) http://secunia.com/vulnerability_scanning/personal/
(5) http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html
(6) http://www.sandboxie.com/
(7) http://www.zonealarm.com/security/en-us/zonealarm-forcefield-browser-security.htm
(8) http://www.tune-up.com/products/tuneup-utilities/
(9) http://www.truecrypt.org/
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