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Table Of Contents  CertiGuide to Network+
 9  Chapter 1000:  Security in the Real World
      9  VII  Client Security

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RAS (Remote Access Service)

One way in which unauthorized people can get into an otherwise well-protected network is by finding a client workstation whose user has set it up with a modem for RAS access at night or while away from the office on business. If the user can dial up and gain access to this workstation, they’ll have access to the same network resources that the user has access to when sitting directly in front of their computer at the office. All the Internet security in the world, to keep people from getting to your servers through the front door, can’t protect against a well-meaning, hard-working employee setting up RAS on their workstation and leaving the modem turned on, creating a back door into your network.

Each user can be granted or denied access for RAS availability. Each user should be assigned a strong password and this password should be changed on a frequent basis. Continuing on the same topic, look into not echoing or remembering the last user’s login name.

Given that username, an unauthorized person has half of the key (the other half being the password) if they call your server. If your firm is using TCP/IP, deny ports not actively used by the users.

Home Security

If you are testing on a home network to improve security you;

Put in a proxy server

Install NAT

Disable File &Printer Sharing

Turn computers off when not in use



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