Before implementing recommended changes to Windows XP, settings
must be carefully examined. Don't attempt to implement any settings
without first testing in a non-production environment. The entire
process for each workstation may take several minutes to even hours
(especially if you're doing this for the first time), depending on
the level of security enhancement you choose to implement.
Before applying system changes to enhance security, consider the
- Most of the security enhancement changes are implemented in the
Registry. Before you edit the Registry, learn how to restore a
registry key(s) with Registry Editor if a problem occurs.
- For most changes to take effect, the workstation must be
- Document each change you implement.
Although the following recommendations will lead to
significantly a more secure workstation, keep in mind that no
computer with Internet access is completely immune from
well-seasoned hackers, whose tools and techniques are becoming more
sophisticated and detrimental every day.