Re: Security for Win XP Home

From: db (arcticjrny_at_hotmail.com)
Date: 09/11/03

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    To: "Anderson, Kelly" <kjanders@umich.edu>, <focus-ms@securityfocus.com>
    Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2003 18:59:31 -0400
    
    

    Kelly,

    For WinXP (Home or Pro), you may want to check out Home User Self-Defense at
    http://www.uksecurityonline.com/husdg/windowsxp/wxpp2.php, which has a lot
    of information for disabling unnecessary services.

    From there, put on a firewall and antivirus, and keep it up to date.

    Good luck!

    Dave

    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "Anderson, Kelly" <kjanders@umich.edu>
    To: <focus-ms@securityfocus.com>
    Sent: Wednesday, September 10, 2003 10:01 AM
    Subject: Security for Win XP Home

    Hello. I'm trying to advise a friend about how to better secure his
    WinXP Home machine, and have not found anything that explains how this
    can be done. This is a home machine, on an always-on cable modem, with
    very un-savvy users.

    All the books on XP Home I've found are pretty dumbed-down. And most of
    the articles I've found discuss XP Pro and include a "blurb" about
    such-and-such not being available in XP Home. Thus far, I've discovered
    that the Local Users and Groups is not available, and that all
    connections authenticate as "guest". This is uncomfortable for someone
    who deals with domain security.

    For instance, it seems that to get administrator access, one must boot
    to safe mode? And what about local security policies? I'm very
    familiar with locking down an XP Pro machine, both inside and outside
    Active Directory domains, but can't seem to understand what's up with
    Home. Anyone have any advice?

    -Kelly

    ***********************************************
    Kelly J. Anderson, MCSE
    Windows 2000 Infrastructure
    University of Michigan
    http://www.umich.edu/~lannos/win2000
    ***********************************************

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