Security Corner

Jul 17 2008   1:07AM GMT

Windows SteadyState Can Protect Your Family & Your Family Computer

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun

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.

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