Back to Basics: Hardening Computers & Smartphones

Definition of “Hardening,” credit: Techopedia

Foundation of Basic Computer Security Principles

Remove All Unnecessary Applications

The Principle of Least Privilege


Changing Default Account Passwords

Enable Automatic Updates

Use a Password Manager

KeePass offers a free locally stored Password vault option

Use Two-Factor Authentication (2FA)


Advanced Settings within Windows Defender firewall; note it is being managed by a third-party AV product (Avast)

Lock Your Computer or Device When Not Present

To lock your screen in Windows press Windows key + L simultaneously

Beware of Suspicious Emails, Attachments, & Links

Sample Phishing Email

Treat Smartphones Like The Computers They Are!


Hey Man, You Lost Me At “Security”



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