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Understanding Windows 2000 Security

Aug 23, 2007
As each new version of Windows rolls out, the jokes about bugs, security breaches and other glitches come pouring out of the woodwork. While it is true that there are always adjustments that need to be made, Microsoft has always been good about making these upgrades available quickly. The introduction of Windows 2000 was no different, and as users began to report issues with security, they quickly released all of the Windows 2000 security upgrades that were necessary to make sure that every PC from the largest business user to the basic home computer user was protected.

Microsoft has issued a Windows 2000 security guide that is appropriate to both Windows 2000 Professional and Windows 2000 Server. The complete Windows 2000 security guide can be found on Microsoft's website at microsoft.com. The security guide walks the user through customization of Windows 2000 security for a variety of settings.

The security guide is extremely detailed and of high interest and importance to system administrators who are dealing with business computer security. However, casual users of Windows 2000 may find the guide highly technical and unnecessary for their purposes. For the average user, of greatest importance is knowing how to set up home computer security, particularly general internet security.

You can set your internet security in Windows 2000 at a variety of levels. The highest setting provides the most protection against threats but is also likely to block some websites that you will want to view. At the other extreme, setting your security levels low will allow you to view all websites but will increase your security risks. Generally a medium setting which requires websites to gain your approval before downloading such features as cookies and Active X controls, will be sufficient.

Many Windows 2000 users back up their security protection with third party software. Norton and McAfee are just two of the available third party companies that specialize in pc security software. You can choose from a range of products including antivirus software, antispyware programs, and even software that allows you to back your system up in time should it cease to operate correctly.

In order to make the most of your Windows 2000 security, set your computer to automatically update Windows. You will need to be connected to the internet in order to receive updates, which can be set to run in the background as you do other things. Specific, step by step instructions can be found in a series of security articles at microsoft.com. Run a full system scan with a third party program prior to installing Windows 2000. Also consider using third party pc security software in conjunction with the built-in Windows 2000 security features.

You may need to do some fine tuning on your security setup in order to receive maximum protection while not sacrificing the usability of the internet. Do not be afraid to use a system of trial and error. Remember to run antivirus scans regularly and you should have a safe and enjoyable Windows 2000 experience.
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