XP Home SP2 Security Issues and Concerns
Posted on 2005-04-21
I am a dad now supporting 2 laptops and 2 desktops in my home all sharing a DSL connection via a Netgear WGT624 router. I was a WIN98 holdout until 2 months ago upgrading all units to XP HOME SP2. After reading all the security concerns about running computers in administrative mode I made all users(including myself) limited users and created one administrator account for software installs and maintenance – this system seems to work well – until my users tried using their applications(even office 2000!) many do not work properly or not at all. Now some programs are old, some are newer, some are games, some are apps. Yet some do work with limited user accounts like internet explorer, MSN messenger, Norton Ghost, Computer Associates EZTrust. What is the difference? Do I need to be this secure? Should I just have all users run in administrative mode? Is that the intent of the HOME version? I know that HOME does not have the sophisticated security features of PRO.
My goal is to minimize risk, support issues, and at the same time maximize functionality.
Is there a way I can make all the programs work with limited users accounts? I have read about cacls and booting in safe mode and logging in with a administrative account to get the security tab. But that seems to be a support nightmare having to do this everytime a app needs to be installed.