Setting Up Mom's XP Computer
May 14, 2006 8:00 PM Subscribe
I am a Mac Geek and will be setting up a Windows XP Pro computer for my computer novice mother, but I am concerned about XP security.
posted by DuckFOO to Computers & Internet (19 answers total)
Her computer will be here next week and I will do a clean install to get rid of the junk Dell likes to install on new computers. After reinstalling, I intend to do the following:
a. Set Windows Updates to automatically download and install updates.
b. Rename the Administrated account and apply a long, secure, randomized password.
c. Create a regular user account for my mother to use.
d. Turn on XP's firewall.
e. Turn off all unneeded services (I understand XP has many).
f. Firefox will be her primary web browser.
g. A virus scanner will be installed.
Outside of these, can anyone recommend any further steps that will provide good security for a stand alone XP computer?