How do I... Secure Microsoft Windows XP Professional?

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Step 9: Disable unnecessary services
Every service on your Windows XP system performs a function. However, not everyone needs every service. Every running service increases the "attack surface" of your Windows XP system. In short, an unnecessary running service has code running in your computer's memory that could be buggy and could be exploited by others to gain access. So, reduce your computer's attack surface by disabling services that you simply don't need. If you need to know which services are safe to disable and what the ramifications might be for each disabled service, use TechRepublic's Windows XP Services that can be Disabled spreadsheet.

For a look at how to enable and disable Windows XP services, watch this short video.

Step 10: Upgrade to Internet Explorer 7
Internet Explorer is widely considered to be the most insecure browser out there. Internet Explorer 7 aims to correct some of the product's shortcomings. IE 7 is available through Automatic Updates, and is also available for download from Microsoft. IE 7 includes these new features that help to protect your system:
  • A phishing filter: Helps to avoid accidentally giving your personal information away to criminals. When you browse to a known phishing site, the address bar turns red and IE7 informs you that the site is listed as a phishing site.

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