Windows Logon Inherent Security?

Discussion in 'other security issues & news' started by DigitalMan, Sep 13, 2004.

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  1. DigitalMan

    DigitalMan Registered Member

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    Hello - first post, so please forgive me if this has been covered before. I did search but did not uncover anything to answer this question.

    I know that creating a "guest" account in WinXP Pro can be done with a profile that prevents installing new software. I assume that the way Windows does this is not effective in blocking installation of viruses/worms/trojans, etc. - or it would be obvious and very easy to just use Guest accounts to avoid malware problems. Is this a correct assumption?

    I understand that having a password protected login is good for the security of a PC that is unattended - but with only two people using my PC at home I was wondering if it was worth the hassle of using a login screen for the sake of security. How difficult is it to get around the WindowsXP Pro login prompt? I assume it is good enough to prevent the casual house guest, but not against a skilled hacker - is that a good assumption too?
     
  2. jag1967

    jag1967 Registered Member

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    If I may, I'd like to add, is it worth setting up a guest account if I'm the only user of my pc? That is, just to use the adminstrator account, or is this a no no security wise?

    rgds
    jag
     
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