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It seems to me that there are three major options: Add TLS on top of Winsock using SChannel; Enable IPsec using WSASetSocketSecurity - you probably need to understand quite a bit about IPsec before using this option; Tunnel your connection to the server using any kind of protocol (SSH and TLS are probably the ones most used). What you don't want to do is ...


Before answering your question, I would like to define a word you used (hardening). According to the all-knowing wiki, I will define it as "the process of securing a system by reducing its surface of vulnerability." To know which approach is right for you, you have to know what you hope to achieve. Some in the DoD (and other industries) may only apply STIGs ...

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