[fw-wiz] Mitigating MS risks [Was: home users]
From: Tina Bird (tbird_at_precision-guesswork.com)
To: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: Tue, 13 Sep 2005 19:03:01 -0700
> It can be done. I've seen it with my own eyes.
it may have gotten lost in the flurry of messages, but i'll post it again:
another thing i should add to that short list. if you're a home user and you
don't use MS networking for file or printer sharing -- which i'd still like
to think is the case in most places -- you can disable the windoze "client
for MS networks" and completely avoid an awful lot of the mindless ravening
crap on the net.
even during the height of blaster and sasser, just turning off the client --
without using ANY firewall, and with a public routable IP address -- makes
it safe to hit windows update. i did it several times, just to prove to
myself that it worked, during the blaster rampage.
this has become yet another of my favorite things to do.
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