Posts Tagged ‘Password reset’

Will Windows Server 2008 Security Performance be lagged far behind by that of Windows Server 2012?

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

Windows Server 2008Microsoft has released the trail version of Windows Server 2012 in this September. Meanwhile, Microsoft also announces that they will extend Windows Server 2008 support for 18 months. It is indeed welcome news to IT pros who haven’t decided to upgrade to Windows Server 2012 for at least a year. The related issues on the security of Windows Server 2008, such as Windows 2008 password recovery, therefore, still discussed heated recently. And also, users tend to make comparison between the security performances of the two operating systems.

The extension support for Windows Server 2008, the old but still popular operating system, is in order to give IT pros some breathing room so that they can prepare for Windows Server 2012. The new server will probably take a year or more to test and perhaps two or more years to adjust its related applications. Application compatibility is an important reason why the upgrade of Windows Server this time takes so long a time. Many vendors’ applications can only run in a 32-bit environment rather than on Windows Server 2012 in health care field, for instance.

However, the most important reason, I think, lies in the unpredictability of security performance in Windows Server 2012. As we all know, Windows Server 2008 has been generally regarded as one of the safest operation systems. And we can see it is especially welcome by many enterprises considering its powerful security performance. In Windows Server 2012, we can see some features are carried forward in Windows Server 2012. Take Windows Server 2008 password as an example. There are many password policies designed to protect Windows Server 2008 password security. By default, the password created by users need to meet the password complexity requirements, which make it much harder to be cracked. Meanwhile, the password should be changed within a limited time so that hackers have less time to crack the password. Now, in Windows Server 2012, the password policies are almost kept the same.

Early Launch Anti-MalwareWindows Server 2012, as the successor of Windows Server 2008, has been made many changes in order to make the system safer. Firstly, we can see that, just as in Windows 8, Windows Server 2012 uses Early Launch Anti-Malware to prevent unknown drivers to load on boot by default. And Secure Boot is also used to avoid boot code running unless it’s digitally signed so that it is more difficult for malicious code to run at boot time when compared to that in Windows Server 2008. Besides, though the DNSSEC doesn’t work well in non-Windows environment in Windows Server 2008 R2, now, with a GUI, Microsoft develops it to fully interoperable. What’s more, we can see that a network protector mode is designed for BitLocker in Windows Server 2008. Meanwhile, it can support hardware-encrypted drives. In Windows Server 2008, IT administrators have to physically input a password on each boot. As a result, to make the remote administration of encrypted systems seems to be a hard job.

Even so, we may also think of Windows Vista. Microsoft has made great efforts to add many new and advanced functions on Windows Vista. Also, many IT insiders raise high expectation on it. However, by now, there’re too many security flaws have been found in Windows Vista, which results to fewer and fewer Vista users. Will Windows Server 2008 Security Performance be lagged far behind by that of Windows Server 2012? The outcome is still uncertain.

Five Tips to Improve Windows Security

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

Computer users make many efforts to protect their computer from unexpected invasion, such as antivirus and firewall. However, they inevitably come across some computer safety problem due to neglecting some common sense operation. They are required to do more to ensure Windows safety, as the following tips will remind you.

Computer users may sometimes need to open Remote Assistance to ask others for help finally by forgetting closing it, in this case, hackers can make use of “remote assistance” and “remote desktop” to hack into and control your computer, so don’t forget to close it when finishing using it. Tell you how to close remote assistance: on the “computer”, right click “properties”, select “remote settings”, clear “remote assistance”, and choose “doesn’t allow connections to this computer” in remote desktop.

At all times, remember to open the Automatic Updates. Microsoft will continuously release some patches when finding operating system defects. If you enable this function, computer that connects to the internet will automatically download the patch program for installation, thus effectively prevent hackers from invasion. You can refer to the following steps: go to Control Panel, System and Security, select Windows Updates, click Change Settings in the left panel, choose “install updates automatically (recommended)”, set update time, and then click OK to finish.

The above two tips should be implemented by every users. If you are not the only user who can physical access the computer, you‘d better make settings as below tricks as well.

You can set a password when wakeup from sleep mode like that: open the Power Options Control Panel (Start/Control Panel/Power Options); click the link “Change when the computer sleeps” in the left panel, and set a length-proper time to put the computer to sleep; after that, go back to set “Require a login password on wakeup”, select require a password in Password protection on wakeup section, and then click “Save changes”.

Usually there is a scene that you need to leave for just a moment when the computer is operating. In order to avoid others using your own computer, you can just press Windows + L key to lock computer screen. To return to the system, you only need to click the user name and enter the correct password, and then you can go back to your screen now.

Moreover, to set a Windows logon password is a sensible choice which fundamentally help you solve the problem that other people gain access to your computer consciously or unconsciously. No wonder it stands at the first line of defense to protect your PC.

The latter three tips are used to protect your computer by password from unauthorized person all the time. So keep these passwords in heart, in case that you forgot password some day. It is strongly suggested that to create a password reset disk in advance or you may turn to Windows password reset software for help. Since there are so many options for you to reset forgotten password, it’s allowable for you to stay at ease.