Should I set passwords for the three accounts to enhance the security?

Discussion in 'Security Software' started by cc, May 1, 2005.

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    cc Guest

    Should the three accounts, which are Guest, HelpAssitant,SUPPORT388945a0, be
    configured strong passwords to enhance the security of OS?

    Should I disable Guest & default Administrator to enhance the security?
     
    cc, May 1, 2005
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    Malke Guest

    You haven't told us anything about your computer or your computing
    environment, so we can't give you an exact answer. Security practices
    in a company will naturally be different than in a home with one
    standalone computer. That said, here are a few comments to help you:

    1. *Never* mess around with the default Administrator account. Leave it
    alone or there will be Tears Before Bedtime. Yes, it is a good idea to
    set a strong password on the account. Make sure you remember it and
    don't write it on a yellow Sticky Note and leave it on your monitor.

    2. The other two accounts you mention sound like accounts put on your
    computer by the OEM. Since you are probably never going to use those
    accounts, just ignore them. If this isn't the case, then post back with
    more details about your setup.

    3. Disabling the Guest account is a good security practice, but if you
    have XP Home Edition and want to share files/printers, you won't be
    able to.

    If you want more focused help, post back with a better description of
    your computer, your computing environment, and your goals.

    Malke
     
    Malke, May 1, 2005
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  3. Hi Malke.

    Great advice. I just wanted to comment that in my opinion a home user
    probably should write down their administrator password but store it in a
    couple of safe places as usually a not used strong password will be
    forgotten. Disabling the administrator account is not necessarily a bad
    thing as long as the user remembers that he can access it in safe mode. As
    you mentioned advice can vary depending on the situation. --- Steve
     
    Steven L Umbach, May 2, 2005
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    cc Guest

    Thank you Malke.
    My computer is a standalone one.
    1. How can I remember the strong password on the administrator account?
    2. Do you mean the two account only appear on the OEM version of windows not
    a retail version ?
    3. Could you please give me a checklist of windows security setup for home
    user?
    4. Could the diabling Server Service completely prevent files/printer from
    being shared?


    "Malke" <>
    ??????:...
    You haven't told us anything about your computer or your computing
    environment, so we can't give you an exact answer. Security practices
    in a company will naturally be different than in a home with one
    standalone computer. That said, here are a few comments to help you:

    1. *Never* mess around with the default Administrator account. Leave it
    alone or there will be Tears Before Bedtime. Yes, it is a good idea to
    set a strong password on the account. Make sure you remember it and
    don't write it on a yellow Sticky Note and leave it on your monitor.

    2. The other two accounts you mention sound like accounts put on your
    computer by the OEM. Since you are probably never going to use those
    accounts, just ignore them. If this isn't the case, then post back with
    more details about your setup.

    3. Disabling the Guest account is a good security practice, but if you
    have XP Home Edition and want to share files/printers, you won't be
    able to.

    If you want more focused help, post back with a better description of
    your computer, your computing environment, and your goals.

    Malke
     
    cc, May 2, 2005
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    Malke Guest

    cc wrote:

    See my responses inline:
    You're welcome ;-)
    As Steve suggested, write it down somewhere. Since this is a home
    computer, you don't have the same security issues as you would with a
    workplace computer. I keep all my passwords and other security
    information for our home computers in a file in a fireproof filing
    cabinet.

    I mean that if you have an OEM computer - a Dell, HP, Sony, eMachines
    etc. - these accounts may have been set up by the computer
    manufacturer. Since you haven't told us anything about your computer,
    this is a guess on my part. If you are able to log into those accounts,
    it can't hurt to set up passwords for them. Again, write them down and
    don't lose them.
    Here's a link to Microsoft's At Home Security site:
    http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/default.mspx

    Most people don't realize the wealth of information provided by
    Microsoft - freely available to them. Believe me, Microsoft *wants* you
    to use and enjoy their products! Here's the main At Home page:

    http://www.microsoft.com/athome/default.mspx
    Don't go disabling services randomly. You will inevitably be sorry. The
    simplest way for you to disable File & Printer Sharing is to start XP's
    Help & Support and type in "disable file and printer sharing". You will
    get several articles that will completely walk you through this.

    Malke
     
    Malke, May 2, 2005
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    cc Guest

    Hi, Malke. I found an article from internet. What do you think of it?

    http://labmice.techtarget.com/articles/winxpsecuritychecklist.htm

    Any comments and advice are much appreciated.:)

    "Malke" <>
    ??????:...
    cc wrote:

    See my responses inline:
    You're welcome ;-)
    As Steve suggested, write it down somewhere. Since this is a home
    computer, you don't have the same security issues as you would with a
    workplace computer. I keep all my passwords and other security
    information for our home computers in a file in a fireproof filing
    cabinet.

    I mean that if you have an OEM computer - a Dell, HP, Sony, eMachines
    etc. - these accounts may have been set up by the computer
    manufacturer. Since you haven't told us anything about your computer,
    this is a guess on my part. If you are able to log into those accounts,
    it can't hurt to set up passwords for them. Again, write them down and
    don't lose them.
    Here's a link to Microsoft's At Home Security site:
    http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/default.mspx

    Most people don't realize the wealth of information provided by
    Microsoft - freely available to them. Believe me, Microsoft *wants* you
    to use and enjoy their products! Here's the main At Home page:

    http://www.microsoft.com/athome/default.mspx
    Don't go disabling services randomly. You will inevitably be sorry. The
    simplest way for you to disable File & Printer Sharing is to start XP's
    Help & Support and type in "disable file and printer sharing". You will
    get several articles that will completely walk you through this.

    Malke
     
    cc, May 2, 2005
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    Malke Guest

    Labmice is a respected site. However, the article is from 2003 so
    doesn't take Service Pack 2 into account. I think I'd spend some time
    at Microsoft's site first.

    Malke
     
    Malke, May 3, 2005
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