Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

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

30 Mar 2013   #1

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"

My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Mar 2013   #2
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.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Mar 2013   #3
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
My System SpecsSystem Spec

30 Mar 2013   #4

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.
Free Online Scanners
My System SpecsSystem Spec

 Computer security in an"Assited Living" facility

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Changing "Computer" and "Network" icons in explorer navigation pane
Does anybody know how I can change these icons? I changed the default icon for the network one in HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{F02C1A0D-BE21-4350-88B0-7367FC96EF3C} but it didn't change. Appreciate any help, B
9 cell battery not living up to its "potential"
i have a hp pavilion dv7-core i5,17.3" screen and the battery is a 9 cell li-ion-93hr but it can't go past 3 hours on battery power even on power saver mode and discrete graphics turned off(always on intel HD graphics) this normal? i never game,just listening to music,watching movies and...
Hardware & Devices
Hiding unused "removable storage" devices from "Computer" folder
Not a major issue, of course, purely cosmetic, but still a minor annoyance none-the-less: I have a number of card reader drives that I never use (haven't even removed that plastic cover tape from them to help keep the dust out) that show when viewing the "Computer" window that displays drives. ...
Computer freezes and says "Preparing Security Options"
After I log in, within 15 min, the computer freezes and then says "reboot and select proper boot device". If I try to ctrl-alt-del, it will say "preparing security options" Help needed!!
BSOD Help and Support
"Return computer to factory condition" or "Use A System Image Crea..."
Which one should I do? I originally wanted to just do "Return computer to factory condition" but Theog just suggested "Use A System Image Created Earlier." I have no idea what to do. So confusing! :confused:
Backup and Restore

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 20:10.
Twitter Facebook Google+