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Operating System Security

You can implement various operating system security measures to ensure that passwords are protected. Regularly perform these low‐tech and high‐tech password‐cracking tests to make sure that your systems are as secure as possible — perhaps as part of a monthly, quarterly, or biannual audit of local and domain passwords.


The following countermeasures can help prevent password hacks on Windows systems.

Some Windows passwords can be gleaned by simply reading the clear text or crackable ciphertext from the Windows Registry.

Secure your ­registries by doing the following:

Other countermeasures to secure the Windows operating systems include:

Linux and Unix

The following countermeasures can help prevent password cracks on Linux and UNIX systems:

Published on Wed 08 October 2014 by Ben Sanford in Security with tag(s): os security