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Hardening Techniques

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.

9 videos  //  46 minutes of training

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.

Course syllabus

Updates and PatchesDuration: 2:05

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

Updates and Patches DemoDuration: 4:02

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

Driver SecurityDuration: 3:34

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

Action Center and Security and Maintenance AppsDuration: 1:31

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

Security and Maintenance DemoDuration: 5:46

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

Windows Firewall OverviewDuration: 5:46

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

Windows Defender Firewall Inbound Rules DemoDuration: 13:21

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

Windows Defender Firewall Outbound RulesDuration: 7:30

Outbound rules are demonstrated on a Windows 10 firewall to open or close outbound access.

Windows Defender Firewall Allow App or FeatureDuration: 2:48

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

Meet the author

Robert McMillen


Robert McMillen started his career as an IT administrator for a manufacturing company after earning his CompTIA A+. He quickly learned how to fix and troubleshoot desktops and laptops, but his real passions were networking and server administration. Shortly after, he earned his first MCSE and Cisco CCNA and has continued with various certifications over the years (now over 50). He earned a Microsoft Certified Trainer certification and seven MCSEs. He started a successful consulting company in 2001 and eventually sold it in 2017 to focus on teaching networking and security in college and being a video and book author. Some interesting jobs he's performed include restoring the Enron emails for the Justice Department, training troops headed to Iraq on network security, and managing a billion dollar merger of Cisco network and Microsoft technologies.

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Plans and pricing





$599 / license

Annually. Includes all content plus team admin and reporting.