Tighten Up Your Microsoft Windows Security

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When was the last time you took a couple of minutes to tighten up your Microsoft Windows Security? I recently stumbled across a handy tool for Windows users, which will test your system’s security.  It is called Windows Baseline Security Analyzer, and you can download it here.

The Windows Baseline Security Analyzer tool from Microsoft comes in both 32 and 64-bit versions.  It’s compatible with all Windows versions from Windows 2000 and XP through Windows 10.  It also works on Windows Server versions 2000 through 2012R2.  The program will also analyze security updates on Microsoft Office products covering Office 2003 through 2013.

Microsoft Windows Security – Windows Baseline Security Analyzer

So, what does the Windows Baseline Security Analyzer do exactly?  It tightens up your Microsoft Windows Security by performing a detailed scan of your system.  It looks for Windows Security vulnerabilities such as missing updates and patches to the OS and Office products.  How does the Windows Baseline Security Analyzer differ from the Windows Update Tool?  Well, it’s intended to augment Windows Update.  Sometimes

Microsoft Windows Security - Windows Baseline Security Analyzer

Windows Security updates do not complete or are not installed at all.  Sometimes changes made by Windows Update get corrupted or overwritten by viruses and malware.  Windows Baseline Security Analyzer checks for corruptions in the Windows Registry.

It will also give you information about other user accounts on the system.  It will tell you what access levels these accounts have on the system.

Please note:  This is an advanced tool for advanced users or IT professionals.  I do not recommend this for novice users.  The full assessment report that this tool provides is lengthy and very detailed.  Please take the time to go through it thoroughly before committing to any of the changes that it recommends.

Now that all the disclaimers are out of the way, it’s time to go tighten up your Windows Security.

More information on MBSA can be found on the Microsoft Technet site here.

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About the Author:

John Castrege is the Security Systems Administrator for Campus Safety at Haverford & Bryn Mawr Colleges. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from York College of Pennsylvania and a Masters of Software Engineering from Penn State University.