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Windows 7: Computer security in an"Assited Living" facility

30 Mar 2013   #1
blockie

 
Computer security in an"Assited Living" facility

I maintain a computer, with W7, in an Assisted Living facility. Some of the residents are doing things like banking and buying things. I do the same thing on my personal computer.
I wish to setup the most secure environment possible for them. The computer presently on a "home" network and I really don't know how to set anything else. Cookies,etc.
Can I get some wisdom please"
Bill


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30 Mar 2013   #2
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Hi Blockie,

Apart from the usual anti-virus solution and firewall (MSE and Windows firewall is perfectly OK), set this computer up such that each resident has their own Windows logon and password, and keep UAC on default setting.

What internet browser is being used? Lets assume its IE9:

1. Ensure browsing history is deleted when they exit IE:
Internet Explorer - Delete browsing history on exit
Internet Explorer Delete Browsing History - Enable or Disable Access

2. Delete the IE temporary files when IE is closed:
Internet Explorer - Empty Temporary Internet Files folder when closed

3. Ensure Protected Mode is ON:
Internet Explorer Protected Mode - Turn On or Off

4. Ensure SmartScreen Filter is turned ON:
Internet Explorer SmartScreen Filter - Turn On or Off

Perform regular scans on the computer (MSE allows regular automatic updates and scans), and keep Windows 7 updated regularly.

Encourage residents to keep unique passwords for accounts they use,and to keep them secret. Teach them never to respond to email from their banks requesting passwords - banks will never request passwords from customers, especially via email.

Regards,
Golden
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30 Mar 2013   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

If it really only used for browsing, I would set it up with Linux. That is a lot safer. In Windows, have a look at Sandboxie: Sandboxie - Sandbox software for application isolation and secure Web browsing
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30 Mar 2013   #4
cottonball

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

How many residents use the computer? Also, what is the average level of computer knowledge?

You can create as many accounts as you like, as long as you have space on the hard drive.

To my understandin, each User account uses about a gigabyte of hard drive space, and that is before the User starts saving documents, pictures, etc.

An AV program you may want to consider is avast!

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware is also a good choice.

In that kind of scenario, running an online scan on a regular basis would not be a bad idea.
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