Re: security breach by XP system with 98 network
From: jmnugent (ten.tsacmoc_at_tnegunmj)
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2003 00:56:43 GMT
To directly answer your question,.....NO there arent any obvious or inherent
security risks in Windows XP.
In fact (agreeing with alot of the others who answered your question),
Windows XP is leaps, bounds and miles more secure than Windows 98.
ALTHOUGH-----(to better argue your point) make sure you've got ALL the
latest service packs and security patches by visiting Microsoft at
http:\\windowsupdate.microsoft.com and click on the "Scan for Updates" near
the center of the page.
ALSO make sure you have a good anti-virus package that has had the virus
definition files updated atleast weekly...
If you want to go the extra mile.....download Ad-Aware (www.lavasoftusa.com)
and make sure you dont have any spyware lurking on your system.
I also agree with what one of the other responders said---probably what they
are most concerned about is people taking their laptops home,
getting infected/hacked by some virus or trojan--then when the staff brings
laptops INSIDE the school network--those virus/trojans are free to spread.
But---if they were really concerned about this---they would immediately
abandon Windows 98 and convert all desktops and laptops to Windows2000 or
The fact that they are rebuilding systems to Windows 98 is a big tipoff to
me that whomever is running your schools IT dept has no clue what they are
Oddly I know how you feel. I'm a consultant and just got hired to be the IT
admin for a school district and the majority of all their systems are old
crappy Win98 boxes.
I've accomlished more fixes and updates in the past few weeks than their
other IT people did in years, so hopefully soon they will listen to me and
adopt some of my recommendations.
Of course one of the biggest problems with school districts right now is
their funding keeps getting cut,..so its hard to keep up with the technology
But on the flipside---not updating --then getting infected or hacked is
much, much more expensive...
"Stephanie" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> I've been bringing my XP laptop to school. I plug it in
> and log on with my school issued username and password.
> This enables me to access my files which are stored on
> the district server and access other areas to which I
> have permission to go. This has worked fine for almost a
> year. Suddenly the admin has created a policy which
> states that non school issued equipment may not be used
> to access the network. They maintain that XP poses a
> security risk with the 98 network. They aren't terribly
> knowledgeable and technology is hit or miss in our
> district. I insist that using my laptop helps me do my
> job, frees up limited resources for students, etc. Does
> it really pose an additional security risk? I need
> ammunition for my meeting with the tech guy tomorrow.