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Chapter 10. Understanding Your PC Operat... > Controlling Logical Computer Access

Controlling Logical Computer Access

Physical security is not the only area that home users need to worry about. Controlling logical computer access is the key issue faced by home users with always-on connections. This section deals with access controls and examines how the various operating systems provide for these controls. The majority of these controls are easy to implement and require just a few changes to the operating system's base configuration. We show you how to do all that.

Windows 9x was never really intended to be a secure operating system. Even though you can use passwords for your desktop, a simple test can show you how insecure it really is. When confronted with the login prompt, shown in Figure 10.4, if you simply press the Esc key or click the Cancel button, Windows boots normally, even without a password being entered! The reality of the situation is that the only thing that the Windows login password protects is your individualized settings. Operating system security in a Windows 9x environment is next to nothing. We'll now take a look at some other security issues faced by Windows 9x.


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