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Security Center

With the onslaught of spam and malicious viruses and other code, Microsoft realized that XP users needed a single place to turn to for monitoring and controlling their systems' security. True, XP already incorporated an Internet firewall and the Windows Update technology. And also true, various antivirus programs such as Norton and McAfee were available from third parties. The problem is that too many users got lost poking around Windows to make adjustments to each of these services. Many purchased third-party firewalls, not knowing one was built in to XP. (Admittedly, however, Norton's and Zone Alarm's firewalls have more features.) The Security Center applet was added as an antidote for this shortfall. When opened from Control Panel, it appears as shown in Figure 22.9.

Figure 22.9. The Security Center provides central access to firewall, Windows updates, and virus protection settings.



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