Hardening Techniques Course

Learn how to update and patch your Windows 10 hosts both locally and through Active Directory automatically. You'll also learn about firewalls and Windows Defender.

46 minutes

Course description

Protect your hosts by blocking open ports in your firewall and making sure your computer is up to date. These are just some of the topics covered in this course on hardening techniques. Also, you'll learn how to create custom firewall rules and what types of ports are most vulnerable to your host computer.


Windows Defender Firewall Allow App or Feature

Video - 00:03:00

This video shows how to open access to an application or feature in Windows Defender Firewall.
Windows Defender Firewall Outbound Rules

Video - 00:08:00

Outbound rules are demonstrated on a Windows 10 firewall to open or close outbound access.
Windows Defender Firewall Inbound Rules Demo

Video - 00:13:00

Inbound traffic is demonstrated, using the firewall to open or close access to IP ports.
Windows Firewall Overview

Video - 00:06:00

Windows Firewall is a great way to keep yourself safe from hackers, and this video discusses all the options.
Security and Maintenance Demo

Video - 00:06:00

A demonstration of how to use the Security and Maintenance application.
Action Center and Security and Maintenance Apps

Video - 00:02:00

The Action Center and apps to maintain your computer are examined.
Driver Security

Video - 00:04:00

Driver security is essential to Windows 10 so that unsigned drivers don't get added into a host that could add malicious software.
Updates and Patches Demo

Video - 00:04:00

A demonstration is shown on how to update Windows 10 and what each option means.
Updates and Patches

Video - 00:02:00

The various ways you can update and patch your Windows 10 host are examined.

Meet the author

Robert McMillen

Professor Robert McMillen is a college instructor with over 50 technical certifications. He has an MBA and teaches Computer Science at Portland based colleges. Robert has earned multiple MCSEs and an MCT from Microsoft. He is the owner of Tech Publishing, a Portland-based network new media company. Robert has over 20 years of experience in network engineering and earned certifications from companies like Microsoft, Checkpoint, IBM, and Cisco. Some of his higher profile jobs have been restoring email for the government to prosecute Enron executives, training the network vulnerability assessment team for the U.S. Army, and relocating the Xbox world for Microsoft.

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