28March

Windows Server 2008: still welcome to enterprise

Windows Server is a brand name for a group of operating systems released by Microsoft. Windows Server 2008 is a representative. When it comes to Windows Server 2008, some of its users will firstly think of its password policies, say, password must meet the complex requirement, which make many of its users troubled by Windows Server 2008 reset password when they forgot the password. Others may also be impressed by Windows Server 2008 Enterprise, a version for enterprise users. With the release of Windows 7 and Windows 8, is Windows Server 2008 outdated to enterprise now?

Last year, Microsoft has announced that its free technical support for Windows Server 2008 will be extended for another 18 months. In mainstream support, Microsoft offers security patches, general fixes and feature updates for free. During extended support, which runs five years beyond mainstream support, Microsoft will offer free security updates only but will provide non-security-related bug fixes for a price.

The extension of Windows Server 2008 technical support is not groundless. In spite of the release of Windows 8 and Windows 7, there actually are many enterprises that are using Windows Server 2008, the old but stable system. As said by Peter Sondergaard, director of Gartner Research, “however good the prospects look for Windows 8 in the consumer market or for tablets, there are no compelling business imperatives to drive legacy devices in business toward Windows 8.” Of course, Windows 7 has also been accepted by more and more enterprises. However, Windows Server 2008 has never been outdated to enterprise users for its satisfactory security performance.

When compared with other OS, Windows Server 2008 is outstanding for its abilities to consolidate servers, to manage hardware effectively, to remotely manage hardware without the graphical traffic, and to radically alter the system security model, etc. Windows Server 2008 can be used as a super workstation, which is suitable for enterprises.

According to Microsoft, Windows Server 2008 is designed to power the next generation of networks, applications and Web services. Windows Server 2008 provides a solid foundation for business workloads with a new server manager that provides a uniform management console to simplify and streamline system setup, configuration and ongoing management. In terms of transfer speeds with new Web tools, security enhancements, virtualization technologies, and management utilities to help save time, reduce costs and provide a solid foundation for IT infrastructure, Windows Server 2008 is 45 times faster than Windows Server 2003. In addition, with PowerShell and System Center in Windows Server 2008, enterprise users can easily manage the system automatically.

As we all know, Windows 7 has enjoyed the most usage share in OS market and its users cover many enterprise users. The future of Windows Server 2008 in business is difficult to predict, I want to say. However, by now, Windows Server 2008 is still a good choice for small or big enterprises. At least, before the expire data of technical support from Microsoft, it is sensible to have Windows Server 2008 as your system with regard to system security and working efficiency.

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21March

Windows 7 in 2012: Increased Popularity As Well As Malware Infection

According to Microsoft, from June 2011 to June 2012, Windows 7′s usage share grew 45% and it outnumbered the aged Windows XP and the new Windows 8. And also, malware infection rate in Windows 7 climbed by as much as 182% in 2012, said in Microsoft Security Intelligence Report. The case seems difficult to understand. Since Windows XP has been widely used and Microsoft released its milestone system, Windows 8, which is equipped with many new features and fresh functions, how can Windows 7 keep increasing popularity in spite of soaring malware(virus , Trojan horse, rootkits, keyloggers, etc.) infection?

To answer the question, we firstly take Windows 8 password as an example. In Windows 7, when users forget login password, they may have to recover Windows 7 password by some tools; In Windows 8, users just need to change to log in another methods, such as, picture password. However, the new password features in Windows 8 is said to be a big security flaw and vulnerable to hackers. Windows 8 is still not a trust-worthy system. As for the decreased market share of Windows XP, it is not groundless. Because even with the dramatic increase of malware affection in 2012, Windows 7 remained two to three times less likely to fall to hacker attacks than Windows XP.

“Windows 7 has really been the first platform adopted by both enterprises and consumers, and that kind of adoption hasn’t happened in quite some time for Microsoft”, said Andrew Storms, director of security operations at nCircle Security. “Given the market movements, it’s likely that the attackers follow.”

Windows 7 is undoubtedly the most popular operation systems nowadays. On the other hand, the malware infection situation is indeed a big worry to many users, no matter which version of Windows 7 it is. Windows 7 SP1 was less likely to be infected than RTM, and the x86 editions of Windows 7 RTM and SP1 came with higher infection rates than the x64 versions. Windows 7 SP1 x64 had the lowest, 3.1, while Windows 7 RTM x86 had the highest rate, 5.3.

As reported by Microsoft, there are several factors to be blamed for the boost in successful malware attacks, “This may be caused in part by increasing acceptance and usage of the newest consumer version of Windows”. The report also states that “Early adopters are often technology enthusiasts who have a higher level of technical expertise than the mainstream computing population”. New users, especially those without advanced computer skills, are supposed to have a lower degree of security awareness to protect their Windows 7 from malware than early adopters. Another reason lies in the improvement of hacking skills after hackers have made researches for Windows 7 for a long time.

There isn’t any operation system that can totally prevent malware. The point that matters is not only the system itself, but also how users use their PCs. Windows 7 is surely a relatively safe system, but don’t ignore the Windows 7 security measures in daily usage.

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14March

100 Days of Windows 8: a Good Start But Unpredictable Future

Since the release of Windows 8 in Oct.26, it has been over 100 days. According to Microsoft, it has revealed 60 million Windows 8 license sales for this new operation system by far, which is broadly in line with similar stats around the launch Windows 7. Although the figure doesn’t tell us the whole story, for the Windows 8 upgrade cost is significantly lower than Windows 7 and it’s not clear how many are simply licenses sold to OEMs and businesses that aren’t actively in use.

Tami Reller, Microsoft Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Financial Officer, thinks that Microsoft has had “a really solid start” in the sales of Windows 8. She said that there is still more to do after Windows 8’s three-month milestone, and users’ demand for touch is something Microsoft and its partners will pursue.

As we all know, at the first release of Windows 8, the Windows 8 apps are in serious shortage. For example, when users lost password in spite of the new picture password and PIN code, they may be confused in how to recover Windows 8 password. While not everyone is making apps for the Windows Store, she said that the number of apps available has more than quadrupled since the launch of Windows 8. She also pointed out that the Windows Store allows app builders to use their own commerce engines and keep 100 percent of their in-app sale profits, a subtle jab at Apple’s policy.

However, will the sales of Windows 8 in the future be as promising as s expect? Windows 8 password is said to be stored in plaintext form, which is regarded as the first security hole found in the new system. Meanwhile, a point should be noticed is that the sales of Windows 8 tablets, no matter in which brand, is not satisfactory. Then, how about the attitudes of big PC manufacturers towards the future of Windows 8?

First it was Asus and Acer, then Fujitsu. Now Samsung has added its voice to the growing chorus of PC manufacturers who failed to boost demand for machines running Microsoft’s new Windows 8 operating system.

“The global PC industry is steadily shrinking despite the launch of Windows 8,” said Jun Dong-soo, president of Samsung’s memory chip division, “I think the Windows 8 system is no better than the previous Windows Vista platform.” And Samsung has pulled out of Windows RT in the US and HP says it has no plans to use the operating system on ARM-based chips just yet, describing the Surface as “slow and a little kludgey.”

Though as Reller said, “It’s that flexibility and portability of Windows that gives us a lot of opportunity for the future wherever the market might take us”, obviously, the market response is not as positive as Microsoft expect. It is undoubtedly that Microsoft has made and will continue to make efforts to promote the sales of Windows 8 in different means, say, inspiring the OEMs and offering both tablet and laptop in a single ultraportable package. But, the future of Windows 8 is too early to predict.

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7March

Windows Server 2008: old but not outdated!

Is Windows Server 2008 outdated? Not at all! Let’s take Windows Server 2008 password reset tool as an example to prove my point. As we all know, passwords in Windows Server 2008 are difficult to be remembered because of the default password policies, say, password should meet complexity requirement. After the constant releases of Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, the reset password Windows Server 2008 tools market is still competitive and its users can easily find a suitable tool to reset lost their Windows Server 2008 password.

The training workshops on “Windows Server 2008″ conducted under FATA Institutional Strengthening Project (FISP) last month, funded by USAID, a US government agency aimed at assisting the management of FATA Secretariat (FS) and FATA Development Authority (FDA) in their capacity building initiatives. More than ten IT support engineers from FATA Secretariat and FATA Development Authority were participated, according to press release issued in February.

Besides, according to the release, two session of training will be held regarding the said topic at the Professional Development Centre of National University of Sciences and Technology (PDC-NUST) in Islamabad. The project is providing capacity building and systems development support in various subjects. IT Support and IT Training is one of the core areas of FISP Annual Plan. The training aims to develop participants’ capacity in advanced techniques of Windows Server 2008, which will result in the fluent operation of IT related activities in FS and FDA.

Then we come to a question: Why they choose Windows Server 2008? Why is Windows Server 2008 welcome by enterprises? Most private businesses, public sector and third sectors use windows technology in their day to day running. Windows Server 2008 is always their prefer choice. There are many reasons as follows, I think.

Hyper-V, IIS 7 and Server Cores are three components of Windows Server 2008 worth checking out. What’s more, the powerful functionality is the biggest advantages for business that Windows Server 2008 owns. It adds real value by simplifying users’ business operations and improving working efficiency. It incorporates many built-in features that can help improve dramatically the efficiency of users’ data center operations:

1. Hyper-V™ that virtualizes system resources without third-party software to optimize your infrastructure. It replaces Virtual Server 2005 and is an integrated part of the operating system, which comes to you at no additional cost.

2. The power management in Windows Server 2008 has many new features that will help enterprises to cut hardware and facility costs.

3. Enhanced system security and control over network access, such as the ability to reduce attack surfaces by running minimal installations, and specific features like BitLocker and NAP, is also a reason.

4. The Live Migration feature in Windows server 2008 enables it to move virtual machines without downtime.

5. In Windows Server 2008, the Remote Desktop Services makes it possible for all applications to run on a single server for greater IT security and flexibility.

6. The last reason may be its interoperability with Windows 7.It is especially useful for those who want to equip dual-system.

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1March

Internet Explorer 10 finally comes to Windows 7

On February 26, 2013, the final version of Internet Explorer 10, the default browser of Windows 8, comes to Windows 7. It is available worldwide in 95 languages for both the 32-bit and 64-bit version of the popular desktop operation system. IE 10 was firstly released on October 26, 2012, following the latest Windows operation system, Windows 8. The preview version for Windows 7 users was launched last November.

With the release of Windows 8, many Windows 7 users tend to compare these two operation system in their performance. When it comes to security performance, Windows 8 actually works better than Windows 7 in some aspects. For example, password recovery Windows 7 is troublesome to many Windows 7 users. While, in Windows 8, users can add a picture password or a PIN code as an implement to text password so that they are less possible to forget the password. As for the browsers, IE 10 provides Windows 8 users a safer online environment, which is also a reason why many Windows 7 users upgrade to Windows 8. Now, Windows 7 users can also download IE 10 to enjoy a faster and safer Web.
“With this final release, IE 10 brings the same leading standards support, with improved performance, security, privacy, reliability that consumers enjoy on Windows 8, to Windows 7 customers,” said Rob Mauceri, group program manager for Internet Explorer in a blog post.

IE10 is regarded as the most competitive and modern browser by some IT experts. Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 7 includes a focus on battery life improvements for mobile PCs as well as improved JavaScript performance. Though it has been available on Windows 8 with the release of Windows 8 four months ago, Microsoft opted for a delayed Windows 7 schedule to ensure the release was fully ready. We can see that some Windows 7 users have waited this upgraded browser for too long a time that some criticisms have been drawn on Microsoft in the early days.

Windows 7 users will now get integrated spell checking and auto-correct within IE10, as well as improved support for web standards like the latest CSS3 improvements. Besides, if you’ve run IE9 on Windows 7, IE10 probably won’t look much different at the first glance. Windows 7 users won’t get the full screen experience that’s available in Windows 8.The Windows 8 version of IE10 moves the address bar to the bottom of each page and features a stripped-down, rakish aesthetic, the Windows 7 variant retains its predecessor’s major design cues.

IE10 has many security and privacy enhancements. By default, ad websites will be barred from collecting user information, which greatly annoyed many advertisers. AppContainer, for instance, similar to the sandboxing approach used in mobile systems, essentially segments processes so that an infected program cannot spread malicious code elsewhere easily.

It is said that IE10 will not be released for Windows Vista or Windows XP. Microsoft was the only browser maker so far to drop Vista, just as it was the first one to abandon Windows XP last year when it shipped IE9.

Now, you can download IE 10 for your Windows 7 computer from Microsoft’s official website!

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21February

More years are needed for enterprises to adopt Windows 8

Gartner, the largest IT research and advisory firm in the world, says in a report that 90 percent of enterprises will bypass wholesale deployment of Windows 8 at least through 2014.

Though Microsoft makes many changes on this new operation system with the intention of better user experience just like Android, Windows 8 is so different from Windows 7 that to learn about its features will be a nightmare, some experts say. Take Windows 8 password authentication methods as an example, since it has added picture password and PIN code as implementations to text password, users should learn how to create password in Windows 8 and also Windows 8 password reset ways when forget it.

“It’s going to be traumatic, I think, especially if the organization doesn’t have an excellent training program for users.” says Georges Khairallah, a network specialist at the Chino Valley Unified School District in Chino Valley, Calif., who has used Windows 8 for weeks to administer his network.

Enterprises are cautious in adoption of new operation systems. Nowadays, most IT shops are still in the midst to change Windows XP to Windows 7. We can see Windows 7 has now become the most popular OS because of its satisfactory performance. Also, as we all know, support of Windows XP will last till 2014, so still some enterprise insist on the old and reliable operation system. As for Windows 8, only 4% of firms say they have plans to migrate to Windows 8 in the next 12 months.
Another big concern that results to slow adoption of Windows 8 in enterprise is its security performance. For example, Windows 8 has been found the first security danger that its password hints are in stored in registry in plain text. We can predict that there must be many potential security problems in this new OS. In addition, Windows 8 shares many core underpinnings with Windows 7, say, policy management, and there isn’t too much security advantage to Windows 7, the stable and relative safe operation system most widely used by PC users.

In addition, in order to use Windows 8 with full functionality, it is necessary for enterprises to make use of touch screen monitors. It is obviously not well suitable to be used by enterprise desktops and won’t improve the productivity of workers who are used to using traditional desktops. What’s more, the expense for it is not cheap. For some small or middle enterprise, it doesn’t worth consideration at all.

The upgrade price of Windows 8 has been raised since this month with the end of Microsoft’s sales promotion. It will also make some influence to the sales Windows 8 in the short term.

What’s the fate of Windows 8, the milestone of Microsoft’s operation system? It is too early to predict. However, at least, in the near future, it must be a long process to be adopted by enterprises.

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16February

Is your Windows 7 password safe enough?

Windows 7, unlike its previous version, Windows Vista, which equips a lot of new features, was designed to be a more focused, incremental upgrade to the Windows OS line. Indeed, it has now successfully outnumbered Windows XP and become the most popular operation system with the biggest number of users even though Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 are all released recently. Despite this, Windows 7 password is a rather troublesome to most Windows 7 users. On one hand, they find it’s not easy to remember Windows 7 password clearly all the time and they have to resort to a Windows 7 password recovery tool on a regular basis. On the other hand, even if they can remember Windows 7 password clearly, whether the Windows 7 password is safe or not is a really a question.

Is your Windows 7 password stored safely?

Do you have any idea where your Windows 7 password stored? Actually, in Windows 7, password is stored in the SAM registry hive. Take the administrator password as an example. In general, to find the password to an admin account in Windows 7 may take minutes up to hours depending on the situation. It seems that the password in Windows 7 is safely stored. However, according to some IT experts, the password hints in a scrambled format in Windows 7 can be easily converted into human-readable form. The clue is added to Windows 7 registry when users configure a Windows account to provide a hint about the password needed to access it. Although this stuff seems to be unreadable at the first sight, it can clearly be decoded and could be used by tools that extract the data from the SAM. And the hints are available to anyone who has physical access to a targeted Windows 7 PC.

How to make your Windows 7 password safer?

A strong Windows 7 password is extremely important to WIndows 7 computer security. In view of it, some users set a complicated password consisting of various numbers, characters and symbols. It will greatly improve the system security without doubt. But if the user has bad memory, the complex password can be easily forgotten. I suggest we can make a complex password and avoid simple alphanumeric passwords, but we should create a Windows 7 password reset disk in advance so that we can easily get our forgotten Windows 7 password reset in a few minutes. The password reset disk can be repeatedly used to reset Windows password without limitation. You also need to know that, others are also able to enter your computer with the disk. So please store your disk in a safe place. In addition, we should keep cautious when we download software on the Internet, some malware usually disguised to ask you to enter your account and Windows 7 password. Meanwhile, update your passwords and use your antivirus software regularly to prevent virus, spyware and other safety problems.

Tips:

In case that you forget your Windows 7 password and your Windows 7 password reset disk doesn’t work, you should also learn about some password reset disk, such as Opchcrack and Anmosoft Windows Password Reset.

 

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31January

Windows 8: Good Security Performance Deserves More Enterprise Users

Since the release of Windows 8 on August 16, it has been downloaded 500,000 times in the ten weeks. Nevertheless, 90% of IT leaders surveyed by Gartner, the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company, said they won’t deploy Windows 8 in any major way until 2014, two years after its launch. Enterprises are always not the first to adopt new OS in general, as it is not easy to change an entire fleet of systems from one operating system to the next. Enterprises need to consider a lot factors before they change to the new system. For example, since Windows 8 passwords are totally different from the previous systems, whether they can find reliable Windows 8 password recovery tool is a problem to think about.

As we all know, Microsoft has been committed in improving security performance of its operation systems all the time. Windows 8 will define a new direction and open up a new revenue stream for Microsoft. Now that many consumers are all set to get their hands on the new operating system for improved new security features, the most important step for Microsoft will be to see whether enterprises accept the new platform.

There are many security features in Windows 8, which are both utility and cool for everyday users in enterprises. Windows 8 is equipped with a free Microsoft antivirus and anti-malware program, Windows Defender. It is available by default. It can help protect your computer from all types of malware, including viruses, worms and bots through malware signatures from the Microsoft Malware Protection Center. Meanwhile, it can also offer real-time detections and protect your system form malware threats with file system filter. What’s more, it will interface with Windows secure boot, another new Window 8 protection feature.

In addition, Picture Password, similar to the Android Password Lock Pattern screen, enables Windows 8 user to connect a set of dots with a finger, instead of typing in text password. With Picture Password, users can freely set a pattern made up of three gestures, such as, a point, a line or a circle, on a photo or a picture. Users could choose a picture of animals and draw a circle on the head of the cutest dog. It can also be used on computers with mice, which gives companies another security option besides text password and PIN code.

In fact, there are more improved security features. The new function SmartScreen in Windows 8 enables the Microsoft to track all downloads from the Internet. This feature can be very useful to prevent phishing attacks, which is a usual means to hack passwords of enterprise PCs. Besides, Windows 8 is able to block not only rootkits, but also bootkits, which can replace boot loaders and make malware active almost once the computer starts up.

Don’t ignore Windows 8 simply because of the somewhat strange new interface. It indeed deserves you to have a try and see how its new security features can help your company.

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25January

Is Windows 8 Password Safer than Windows XP Password?

It’s no secret that Microsoft has made a lot of efforts to move all its Windows XP users to newer operating systems, be it Windows 7 or Windows 8,
such as, but as far as statistics go, only a few consumers are actually doing this. According to the latest figures provided by Net Applications in January 13, Windows XP still remains the second most popular operating system, with a market share of 38.71 percent. Windows 7 retains its top spot with a share of 45.35 percent, while Windows 8 is still far behind with 2.25 percent.

It indeed makes sense for the insistence of Windows XP users to some extent. On Oct. 25, 2001, Microsoft launched Windows XP, unknowingly unleashing its most successful operating system ever. Since then, issues on password security, say, how to create safe Windows XP password, how to recover Windows XP password, have long been of crucial importance to Windows XP users. It is the same for Windows 8 users. When Windows 8 first came into market, PC users are surprised for its new password forms, Picture Password and PIN code. Because of the new password features in Windows 8, even some Windows XP users are confused whether the traditional text password in Windows XP has lagged far behind Windows 8 in consideration of password security. Actually, this is not necessarily the case.

As we all know, the two new authentication methods in Windows 8, Picture Password and PIN code, are based on a regular user account. In other words, the user must firstly create an account with a regular text password and then optionally switch to PIN or picture password authentication. That’s the problem! It is said that once a user has switched to a new authentication method, his or her text password can be encrypted using the AES algorithm and saved to protected Vault storage in a Windows System folder, which contains Vault records with SIDs and text passwords of all users with active PIN or picture password authentication.

On the other hand, Windows XP, the old but still popular operation system, has been familiar to both hackers as well as its users. All kinds of researches have been made on protecting Windows XP password security. We can say, after years of usages by millions of users all around the world, Windows XP users needn’t to worry about any unknown or potential bug, which enables hackers to steal your data secretly. Meanwhile, we have rich experience to nip in the bud.

To make your Windows XP password more reliable, users should firstly create a relative complicated and long password. It shouldn’t be a set of consecutive numbers or letters, password with personal information as a part, real words can be found in dictionary, characters according to keyboard sequence, etc. In addition, keep Windows XP computers in safe places. Once someone malicious get physical control on your computer, no matter what operation system you’re using, your Windows password can be useless if only he replace your hard disk or use third-party password software. Last but not least, a Windows XP password reset disk or a Windows XP password reset tool, such as, Anmosoft Windows Password Reset, is highly recommended.

It is too early to predict the development of Windows 8 in the future. However, we’re sure at least on one point now that the new Windows 8 password features won’t make Windows 8 password safer than the traditional text password in Windows XP.

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17January

Windows Vista security relies on the mechanism of Network Access Protection

When it comes to the security of Windows Vista, different people have different methods. Some people may say that they can make Windows vista password reset at regular intervals to protect the computer. Some may say that they can apply some security mechanisms like User Account Control, Windows Defender, or Network Access Protection to safeguard the Windows Vista system. To improve Windows Vista security, today we will focus on the functions of Network Access Protection.

With the release of Windows Vista operating system, most people attach great importance on the mechanism of security. Network Access Protection, a security mechanism which is inbuilt in Windows Longhorn Server and the client operating system of Windows Vista, can improve the functions on the security policy management of Microsoft and the ability of policy implementation. It is the extension for the function of Network Access Quarantine Control.

As we know, every computer connected to the local network is a potential threat. It is difficult for you to find out whether each computer has installed the latest security patches of Microsoft, whether it has been installed spy software, or whether it has set appropriate firewall. If any computer has safety problems, the computers of entire local network will be at risk. There is no doubt that the results brought by network will be more serious than losing Windows Vista password. If you lost password, you can still reset it without any loss. However, if there is something wrong with entire local work, you would probably suffer some losses. Therefore, it is very essential to formulate a safety strategy to protect the safety of network. That’s why we need to apply the security mechanism of Network Access Protection.

With Network Access Protection, users can monitor any attempts to access the security status of computer. In addition, Network Access Protection makes sure that all the connected computers have security measures. Computers that are in conforming to the health policy of users will be accessed to a restricted network environment. Since it can bring you plentiful advantages, when you are focusing on the importance of reset of Windows password, you should not leave out the great importance of this security mechanism.

Nowadays, Network Access Protection has been inset in the Windows Server, which is called Longhorn. You can use it with Windows Vista system. However, Network Access Protection can’t replace other safety systems, like antivirus program, fire wall, and Intrusion Detect System. Actually, the role of Network Access Protection is to improve the safety of user computers. For example, it can check whether the connected computer has complete security patches or whether it has errors on security configuration.

It can’t be denied that resetting Windows Vista password can protect the computer data to a large extend. However, if you need to protect the network connections, you will have to rely on those network security mechanisms. Network Access Protection can be regarded as an advanced solution of network security. You can control the network activities according to the security status of computer. When using Windows Vista system, you are highly recommended to apply the functions of Network Access Protection.

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