Microsoft Windows is one of the most popular operating system used in both professional and personal computers. Since the user base is so large, features are so many and reach is so wide, it is bound to have some security vulnerabilities. Hackers and Cyber criminals keep looking for any kind of vulnerabilities or exploits in Windows operating system to take advantage of it. The motive of Cyber criminals is usually stealing data, spreading virus infections, identity thefts etc.. It is very important to keep your computer secure by following some safety precautions and using some anti-virus protection. This becomes even more important when you do some financial transactions or keep some financial or sensitive data on your PC. In this article, I will share an Official tool from Microsoft called EMET which will help to keep these risks to a minimum by suppressing any suspicious activities to happen on your Windows computer.
Microsoft EMET – Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit
Microsoft EMET is an easy to use tool which helps to improve the safety of your Windows computer by using some extra safety mechanisms other than standard windows security mechanisms. It will identify any suspicious behavior or activities by certain Windows Applications and will prevent those applications to harm your PC. Using this tool, you have the control to keep a special check on certain applications which are more susceptible to attacks. For example, if there is some sort of exploit going on the Internet regarding the Internet Explorer, or if you use a Torrent client which you suspect might harm your PC, you can keep it on the list of applications to be monitored closely.
This way you can decide which applications will be monitored more closely, which gives you a more secure and flexible way unlike standard anti-virus softwares which do a more generic and all round work. This tool will help an additional level of security over the existing windows security arrangements and anti-virus and anti-malware tools.
The tool’s interface has been kept very clean and simple so as not to confuse general computer users who might not be very tech-savvy. There are only two buttons on the EMET toolkit screen.
One is “Configure System” which lets you make quick changes to the security levels which you want to keep. We would suggest you to go with the “Recommended Security Settings” levels for a safe experience.
The other button is “Configure Apps” which helps you to configure certain Windows Applications which might be having some security loopholes, or vulnerabilities which may cause any kind of attack on your Windows PC. You can add applications like Torrent Clients, Instant messengers and Internet Browsers like Internet Explorer or Firefox which might be crucial for your computer’s security while you browse the Internet. Once you add an application to Application Configuration, make sure that you restart the application for EMET to monitor it.
EMET will help prevent any virus or hacking attack by using the following security features :
- Dynamic Data Execution Prevention (DEP)
- Export Address Table Access Filtering (EAF)
- Structure Exception Handler Overwrite Protection (SEHOP)
- Mandatory Address Space Layout Randomization (ASLR)
This tool works for all versions of Windows starting Windows XP till Windows 7. However all the features don’t work on all the Windows versions. Here is compatibility chart for the features :