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Microsoft’s Baseline Security Advisor is is free download from Microsoft that will scan your computer for vulnerabilities and identifying common security misconfigurations in your operating system and present you with a detailed report for what if anything it finds and how to fix it. It will also scan computers across your network.

Here are a few of the areas it checks.

  • Incomplete Updates
  • Administrators accounts
  • Windows Firewall
  • Local Account Password Test
  • Automatic Updates
  • File System
  • Guest Accounts
  • Restrict Anonymous access
  • Autologon
  • Password Expiration

It’s simple to setup and run. After installing just click Scan a computer.

Baseline Security Advisor 1

The next screen lets you choose which computer to scan if you have more than 1 on a network and the options you want to include. Using the default is fine.

Baseline Security Advisor 2

The scan will take a few minutes then you will be presented with the results. The Red, Orange, Blue and Green shields will give you an idea of the severity of any problems.

Baseline Security Advisor 3

Click on the Blue test for more info and how to fix any issues it finds.

Baseline Security Advisor 4

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