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      Windows’ log-on password doesn’t actually secure your system, although in Windows 2000 it can secure files and folders. In other versions of Windows, it merely prevents people from logging on with your name. This is useful in business environments because it prevents a coworker from masquerading as you over a network, for example. But otherwise it’s really not much different from having no system security at all.

      To keep people off your system entirely, you need a boot-up password. Most PCs let you create one through their setup menu. Setup varies from one computer to another, so I can’t give you exact instructions. Typically, pressing Delete soon after you turn on the computer–before it starts loading Windows–brings up the setup menu. If Delete doesn’t work, try, Insert, F1 or Esc. Then search the various submenus of the setup menu until you find the password options.

      Boot-up passwords aren’t perfect, however. Someone could still get on your computer while you’re logged on but away from your desk. To protect against this, password-protect either your screen saver or your system’s standby mode. If you use a screen saver, right-click the desktop, select Properties, and click the Screen Saver tab. Check Password protected and click OK. For standby or hibernate mode, right-click the desktop, select Properties, click the Screen Saver tab, and choose the Settings button in the Energy Star box. In the Power Options Properties dialog box, click the Advanced tab and then check Prompt for password when computer goes off standby or hibernate.

      Now whenever your PC awakens from the screen saver or from standby or hibernate mode, you’ll have to re-enter your Windows password.
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      At a very minimum, you should be using Windows 2000 or XP. The vulnerabilities this article speak of are inherent in Windows 9x versions.

      Windows 2000, XP and Vista are built based on the Windows NT security model. The NT model requires a user to login to the local accounts database of the operating system.

      There is one serious loophole however that most users of NT, XP and Vista are not aware of: The default adminsitrator account. Many exploits worms and hacks target this account by name, and count on the fact that you have not yet specified a password for this account. To eliminate this wide open back door, do the following:

      • Rename the Administrator account to something you can remember.
      • Specify a password for this account


      For example, if you left this default account unchanged, someone could access your wireless network from another house or apartment, map a drive to your computer using the administrator and blank password. Once in, they have full access to your system.

      Hope this additional info is helpful.

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      Greetings DBlack!

      You are right on point again warrior. That default administrator account has caused more that it share
      of problems for most users, simply because so many of them are unaware of just how vulnerable they
      are to being hacked.

      Our members will definitely be helped by your valuable contributions and examples.

      Each one teach one so we all can be uplifted and inspired. Much appreciation to you for taking the time
      to share your knowledge on this important issue.

      Peace & Blessings!

      Quote Originally Posted by DBlack View Post
      At a very minimum, you should be using Windows 2000 or XP. The vulnerabilities this article speak of are inherent in Windows 9x versions.

      Windows 2000, XP and Vista are built based on the Windows NT security model. The NT model requires a user to login to the local accounts database of the operating system.

      There is one serious loophole however that most users of NT, XP and Vista are not aware of: The default administrator account. Many exploits worms and hacks target this account by name, and count on the fact that you have not yet specified a password for this account. To eliminate this wide open back door, do the following:

      • Rename the Administrator account to something you can remember.
      • Specify a password for this account


      For example, if you left this default account unchanged, someone could access your wireless network from another house or apartment, map a drive to your computer using the administrator and blank password. Once in, they have full access to your system.

      Hope this additional info is helpful.
      Posted In The Spirit of Learning & Sharing
      One Love & Respect Always

      ***************************************
      The Quest for knowledge stops at the grave.
      HIM Emperor Haile Selassie I.


      If you fail to prepare,
      you are preparing to fail!


      Mind what you want, because someone wants your mind.

      Working together, the ants ate the elephant.


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