Securing the Windows 2000 standalone personal computer

Security breaches don't always originate from outside the office. This tip will show you how to secure a standalone Win2K PC.

Securing the Windows 2000 standalone Personal Computer
Adesh Rampat

There are many tips and tricks concerned with securing a computer connected to a network. But the Windows 2000 standalone Personal Computer requires some protection as well. Here are some of the steps you should consider when securing a Windows 2000 standalone Personal Computer:

  • Windows 2000 includes a feature known as Encrypting File System. You must have an NTFS volume on the drive before you can implement EFS. EFS can be applied to files and folders, and is a secure method of preventing an unauthorized user from accessing information to which he is not entitled.

  • If more than one person uses the PC, establish permissions for files and folders. This lets users access files and folders that apply to them, but will keep them out of files for which they are not authorized. You do this by right clicking on the file in Windows Explorer and then clicking properties. Assign rights to the file to the groups that you have established on the Security tab.

  • Restrict access to certain groups; for example, all users should not have the permissions to install applications or to modify configuration settings.

Adesh Rampat is a member of the Association Of Internet Professionals, the Institute For Network Professionals, and the International Webmasters Association. He has also lectured extensively on a variety of topics.

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Related Book

Windows 2000 Security Handbook
Author : Tom Sheldon and Phil Cox
Publisher : McGraw-Hill
Published : Dec 2000
Summary :
Deploy and administer bullet-proof Windows 2000 security policies. This book explains how to safeguard intranet, Internet, and e-commerce transactions with IPSec, defend against hacking, spoofing, sniffing, and DDS attacks, and secure your network with firewalls, proxy servers, and VPNs.


This was first published in June 2001

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