Installing Microsoft’s Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit [EMET] 5.5 is very worthwhile from a security point of view because it forces all applications and programs to use the security measures built into every version of Windows from XP to Windows 10. When installed, it places an icon in the Notification Area in the bottom left corner of the Desktop screen depicting a lock that looks like a lower-case letter a.
Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit –
No configuration is necessary but there are configurations for the knowledgeable, best avoided unless you know what you are doing.
Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) 5.5 – Download –
Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) 5.5 User Guide –
The image below shows the four security options. Windows Vista, 7 and 8.1 can use all of them but Windows XP can only use the first and fourth option, as is shown in the image as being Unavailable.
1. – Data Execution Prevention (DEP) – Essential protection
2. – Structured Exception Handler Overwrite Protection (SEHCP)
3. – Address Space Layout Randomisation (ASLR)
4. – Certificate Trust (Pinning)