NIST Site Search
Search NIST.GOV
Custom Search
[Official NIST.GOV TIME]
Product Research

Advertise on this site
NIST SP 800-69 (draft) Guidance for Securing Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
A NIST Security Configuration Checklist
on Monday 14 August 2006 print the content item {PDF=create pdf file of the content item^plugin:content.58}
in NIST.gov Publications > Special Publications - SP 800 series

SP 800-69 should be considered essential reading for all Windows XP Home Edition users. It does a very good job of summarizing the various threats facing home computer users and lists simple ways for users to mitigate them without having to be technically proficient.

You can download the NIST Special Publication 800-69 from NIST.gov

This document should be considered essential reading for all Windows XP Home Edition users. But that is asking a lot, the SP 800-69 document is 169 pages. However it does a very good job of summarizing the various threats facing home computer users and lists simple ways for users to mitigate them without having to be technically proficient. Surprisingly the document also goes out on a limb in a few places such as listing services that users can disable. It won't make anyone a security expert but it will give the average computer user a much better understanding of the threats they face every time they use their computer online. It even covers wireless networking, re-installation of the operating system, backups, and step-by-step instructions on how configure many of the security features that are built-in to Windows XP Home Edition.


(The below is a short description of SP 800-69 from NIST.gov, edited)

The draft SP 800-69 provides a checklist and guidance to home users, such as telecommuting Federal employees, on improving the security of their home computers that run Windows XP Home Edition. These computers face many threats from people wanting to cause mischief and disruption, commit fraud, and perform identity theft. The publication explains the need to use a combination of security protections to achieve a defense in depth. Thee protections include such as: antivirus software, antispyware software, a personal firewall, limited user accounts, and automatic software updates, to secure a computer against threats and maintain its security. It also emphasizes the importance of performing regular backups to ensure that user data is available after an adverse event such as an attack against the computer, a hardware failure, or human error. The publication contains a detailed step-by-step directions for securing Windows XP Home Edition computers that can be performed by experienced Windows XP Home Edition users.

Users of Windows XP Home Edition need to be aware of the threats that their computers face and the security protections available to protect their computers so that they can operate their computers more securely. Security protections are measures used to thwart threats.

Summary:

One of the most important parts of securing a Windows XP Home Edition computer is eliminating known weaknesses, because attackers could attempt to take advantage of them. Five categories of methods for eliminating weaknesses are as follows:
  • Limiting access to the computer through separate password-protected user accounts for each person, with different accounts for administrative and daily tasks (a limited user account)
  • Applying software updates to the computer on a regular basis, including Windows XP Home Edition and software applications
  • Limiting network access by disabling unneeded networking features, limiting the use of remote access utilities and Internet Connection Sharing, and configuring wireless networking securely
  • Modifying default file associations and the display of default file extensions
  • Disabling services that are not needed.


The five most important protections that should be used for Windows XP Home Edition computers connecting to the Internet are as follows:
  • Using a personal firewall that is configured to restrict incoming network activity to only that which is required
  • Using a limited user account for typical daily use of the computer
  • Running up-to-date antivirus software and antispyware software that is configured to monitor the computer and applications often used to spread malware (e.g., e-mail, Web) and to quarantine or delete any identified malware
  • Applying updates to the operating system and major applications (e.g., e-mail clients, Web browsers) regularly, preferably through automated means that check for updates frequently
  • Performing regular backups so that data can be restored in case an adverse event occurs.


---
The SP 800-69 document was created by the National Institute of Standards and Technology and is public domain (not subject to copyright).


NIST Special Publication # 800-69


Translate to: French German Italian Spanish Portuguese GTM_LAN_DUTCH Russian Chinese Arabic Korean English
Google Ads




Headlines

»Global Cities Expo to Showcase Internet of Things Apps, June 1
»NIST Aims for Tool to Help Manufacturers Select Wireless Network Thats Right for Them
»NIST Contributes to IEC White Paper on Wireless Sensor Networks, IOT
»Two NIST Experts Named Service to America Medal Finalists
»Seeing 3D Shapes with SEM
»Commerce Acting Under Secretary Encourages Business to take Active Role in Corporate Cyber Security
»NCCoE Speaker Series May 2015
»NIST Requests Comments for Revising Its Electronic Authentication Guideline
»New Report: Online Identity Projects are Creating More Options for Businesses, Individuals
»NIST Tightens the Bounds on the Quantum Information aposSpeed Limitapos
»Securing a Public Safety Broadband Network with Identity Management
»Vendors Sought to Develop Model System for Identity and Access Management for Financial Services Companies
»NIST Request Comments on Its Big Data Framework Development
»NIST Calls for Final Comments on Guide to Protecting Sensitive Information on Nonfederal Systems
»NIST Invites Comments on Challenges in Protecting Consumer Data


Date published: not known
Details

»Google Releases Security Update for Chrome
Original release date: May 19, 2015 Google has released Chrome version 43.0.2357.65 for Windo ...
»Cisco Releases Security Advisories for TelePresence Products
Original release date: May 14, 2015 Cisco has released two security advisories to address mul ...
»Mozilla Releases Security Updates for Firefox, Firefox ESR, and Thunderbird
Original release date: May 12, 2015 The Mozilla Foundation has released security updates to a ...
»Adobe Releases Security Updates for Flash Player, Reader, and Acrobat
Original release date: May 12, 2015 Adobe has released security updates to address multiple v ...
»Microsoft Releases May 2015 Security Bulletin
Original release date: May 12, 2015 Microsoft has released 13 updates to address vulnerabilit ...
»Cisco UCS Central Software Vulnerability
Original release date: May 08, 2015 Cisco has released a security advisory to address a vulne ...
»WordPress Security and Maintenance Release
Original release date: May 07, 2015 WordPress 4.2 and prior versions contain critical cross-s ...
»Apple Releases Security Updates for Safari
Original release date: May 07, 2015 Apple has released security updates for Safari to address ...
»Nepal Earthquake Disaster Email Scams
Original release date: April 30, 2015 US-CERT warns users of potential email scams citing the ...
»Google Releases Security Update for Chrome
Original release date: April 29, 2015 Google has released Chrome version 42.0.2311.135 for Wi ...


Date published: not known
Details

»Throwback Thursday: Research and Other Hobbies
This Throwback Thursday we reflect on the life of one of industry's greats, who sadly passed away th ...
»Weak keys and prime reuse make Diffie-Hellman implementations vulnerable
'Logjam' attack possibly used by the NSA to decrypt VPN traffic. A group of researchers have discove ...
»Virus Bulletin announces student tickets for VB2015
87% discount for students and the option to give a lightning talk. A few weeks ago, we opened regist ...
»Throwback Thursday: Double Trouble / The Perfect Couple
Once again this Throwback Thursday, we bring you not one but two (related) pieces from the archives ...
»Book review: The Florentine Deception, by Carey Nachenberg
John Hawes reviews Carey Nachenberg's debut novel. There's a rather serious problem with fiction inv ...
»Book review: Data and Goliath, by Bruce Schneier
Paul Baccas reviews Data and Goliath 'The Hidden Battles to Collect You Data and Control Your World' ...
»Throwback Thursday: When Love came to Town
Once again this Throwback Thursday, we bring you not one but two (related) pieces from the archives ...
»You are your own threat model
For most people, the biggest security threat is that of themselves doing something they shouldn't do ...
»Report: six anti-virus solutions pass annual Linux test
Clean sweep of passes in VB100 test on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. 2015 will yet again not be the 'Yea ...


Date published: not known
Details

»Black Hat USA 2015: Two for One
Malware and Crypto are our topics today, and we've got two hot Black Hat USA 2015 Trainings in each ...
»Data Encryption In The Cloud: Square Pegs In Round Holes
Conventional encryption is a surefire solution for protecting sensitive data -- except when it break ...
»Half Of Retail, Healthcare Sites 'Always Vulnerable'
Finding vulnerabilities in custom web applications isn't the major problem; fixing them in a timely ...
»1.1 Million Hit In Another BlueCross BlueShield Breach
Is CareFirst's breach related to Premera's?
»Logjam Encryption Flaw Threatens Secure Communications On Web
Most major browsers, websites that support export ciphers impacted
»The Cloud Revolution Requires High-Performance Attack Prevention
Where there is traffic, there are bandits.
»Planes, Tweets & Possible Hacks From Seats
There are conflicting reports over whether security researcher Chris Roberts hacked into flight cont ...
»5 Signs Credentials In Your Network Are Being Compromised
Where should you start to keep ahead of attackers using insiders to steal corporate secrets or perso ...
»Retailers Take 197 Days To Detect Advanced Threat, Study Says
Most common method of identifying them as advanced threats is a "gut feeling."


Date published: Fri, 22 May 2015 03:52:32 EDT
Details
Main Menu
· Home
Current Security News
 
SANS Internet Storm Center, InfoCON: green

» Infocon: green

» ISC StormCast for Friday, May 22nd 2015 http://isc.sans.edu/podcastdetail.html?id=4495, (Fri, May 22nd)
[21 May 2015 07:54pm]

» Exploit kits delivering Necurs, (Thu, May 21st)
[21 May 2015 07:54pm]

» ISC StormCast for Thursday, May 21st 2015 http://isc.sans.edu/podcastdetail.html?id=4493, (Thu, May 21st)
[20 May 2015 09:11pm]

» Logjam - vulnerabilities in Diffie-Hellman key exchange affect browsers and servers using TLS, (Wed, May 20th)
[20 May 2015 01:03pm]

» ISC StormCast for Wednesday, May 20th 2015 http://isc.sans.edu/podcastdetail.html?id=4491, (Wed, May 20th)
[19 May 2015 09:05pm]

» Upatre/Dyre malspam - Subject: eFax message from "unknown", (Wed, May 20th)
[19 May 2015 08:47pm]

» IoT roundup: Apple Watch Patches, Router Vulnerabilities, (Tue, May 19th)
[19 May 2015 02:45pm]

» False Positive? settings-win.data.microsoft.com resolving to Microsoft Blackhole IP, (Tue, May 19th)
[19 May 2015 02:36pm]

» ISC StormCast for Tuesday, May 19th 2015 http://isc.sans.edu/podcastdetail.html?id=4489, (Tue, May 19th)
[18 May 2015 07:45pm]

» Address spoofing vulnerability in Safari Web Browser, (Mon, May 18th)
[18 May 2015 03:13pm]

***
CNET News.com

» Microsoft defends opening Hotmail account of blogger in espionage case
[20 Mar 2014 06:47pm]

» Syria's Internet goes dark for several hours
[20 Mar 2014 04:25pm]

» Symantec fires CEO Steve Bennett
[20 Mar 2014 03:07pm]

» Microsoft sniffed blogger's Hotmail account to trace leak
[20 Mar 2014 01:28pm]

» Microsoft sniffed private Hotmail account to trace trade secret leak
[20 Mar 2014 01:28pm]

» IBM's new services zero in on fraud, financial crime
[20 Mar 2014 07:31am]

» Despite assault on privacy, Page sees value in online openness
[19 Mar 2014 08:00pm]

» Hackers transform EA Web page into Apple ID phishing scheme
[19 Mar 2014 05:21pm]

» NSA top lawyer says tech giants knew about data collection
[19 Mar 2014 02:57pm]

» Microsoft touts study showing the cost of pirated software
[19 Mar 2014 06:55am]

» Microsoft touts study showing cost of malware in pirated software
[19 Mar 2014 06:55am]

» How to spy on your lover, the smartphone way
[18 Mar 2014 01:24pm]

» Mt. Gox update lets users see their Bitcoin balances
[18 Mar 2014 06:38am]

» Fake Malaysia Airlines links spread malware
[17 Mar 2014 05:12pm]

» IBM: No, we did not help NSA spy on customers
[17 Mar 2014 01:15pm]

***

***



***


More IT Security
News Feeds
More Sponsors

Advertise on this site
RSS Feeds
Our news can be syndicated by using these rss feeds.
rss1.0
rss2.0
rdf
Symantec News

NIST.org is in no way connected to the U.S. government site NIST.gov

This site is © John Herron, CISSP. All Rights Reserved.

Please visit daily to stay up to date on all your IT Security compliance issues.

http://www.nist.org -
Hosted by BlueHost. We've never had a better hosting company.
{THEMEDISCLAIMER}