A while back, I used the Microsoft Public Access Computer Security Tool, predecessor to Windows SteadyState, to secure a credit union’s public access computer. They wanted to make sure that no one could use the PC do do anything but work with their online banking site. After a short learning curve, I was able to deliver exactly what they wanted. They were impressed and so was I.
The other day, after yet another grueling session of cleaning up a family member’s malware-infested PC, it occured to me that I should just put SteadyState on it and set up several profiles, putting restrictions in place for the kids, leaving things a bit more open for Mom and Dad, and completely locking down a profile for guest users. Check out what you can do with this:
- Restrict access to programs and settings
- Return the computer to its original state with Windows Disk Protection
- Enforce time limits on use of the computer
- Control what programs show up in the menus
I haven’t teste this idea yet, but it seems to me that Windows Disk Protection alone would be worth a try. You could set up a profile that would allow completely safe surfing for everyone in the household.
I’m going to take a serious look at this, so stay tuned for my report.