CompTIA A+ Core 2: Operating System Security Best Practices

CompTIA A+    |    Beginner
  • 16 videos | 1h 34m 54s
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There are many things to consider when managing and configuring basic security settings in the Microsoft Windows OS. Therefore, technicians must become well versed in configuring and enforcing workstations to meet best practices for security. In this course, you will begin by learning how to configure basic security settings including firewalls, Defender anti-virus, users and groups, and operating system login options. Explore the difference between NTFS and share permissions and discuss file and folder attributes and inheritance. Next, discover features of the administrator and standard user accounts and learn the fundamentals of user account control (UAC). Lastly, explore how to configure workstation security using features such as encryption, complex passwords, and account management and how to disable the AutoRun and AutoPlay features. Upon completion, you'll know how to configure basic security setting in the Windows OS. This course is part of a series used to prepare for the CompTIA A+ Core 2 (220-1102) certification exam.


  • discover the key concepts covered in this course
    provide an overview of the Defender anti-virus including how to activate it and update definitions
    demonstrate how to implement firewalls and describe how they offer port and application security
    differentiate between local and Microsoft accounts, as well as standard, administrator, guest, and power user accounts
    list security login options such as usernames and passwords, personal identification number (pin), fingerprint, facial recognition and single sign-on (SSO)
    differentiate between new technology file system (NTFS) and share permissions and recognize file and folder attributes and inheritance
    discuss features of the administrator and standard user accounts and provide an overview of user account control (UAC)
    provide an overview of BitLocker and BitLocker To Go
  • recognize how to use encrypted file systems (EFS) to secure data on an operating system
    provide an overview of encryption options for data-at-rest
    list common password best practices such as using complex password, enabling expiration requirements, and basic input/output system (BIOS)/unified extensible firmware interface (UEFI) passwords
    list best practices end users can follow to ensure a safe computing environment
    recognize account management fundamentals including restricting login times, disabling user accounts, enabling failed attempts lockout, and using screen locks
    demonstrate how to handle the administrator account including renaming the account and changing the default password
    differentiate between autorun and autoplay and recognize when to disable these features
    summarize the key concepts covered in this course



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