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Chapter 12.  Users, Policies, Certificat... > How to rename or disable the Guest a...

12.14. How to rename or disable the Guest account

Windows 2000 creates a Guest account automatically when the operating system is installed. Although the Guest account is disabled by default (unless you upgraded from a Windows NT installation that had the account enabled) and has limited rights and permissions, the account can still pose a security risk. If the account is configured incorrectly, it can serve as a "back door" to enable unauthorized access to your system.

You can take two steps to lock down the Guest account: rename, disable it, or both. Rename the account if you still want authorized users to be able to connect or log on using the Guest account. Disable the account if you don't need it.


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