Windows XP secruity

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    Phil VIP Member

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    Hello,

    I currently have windows Xp installed and i just got cable internet. I downloaded Zonealarm (free version) to protect my computer against hackers and I also installed Norton Anitvirus. When you log off a user and the welcome screen is on the screen is my computer vulnerable to attacks from hackers? Should i just stay logged on so Zonealarm is alwas running?

    Thanks for any help,
    Phil
     
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    Zonealarm should still be running (if it's any good... I've never tried it so I don't know). Another good tip would be to run as a non-root user; then there's no way you could accidently install an "unsolicited executable", as Core calls them...
     
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    yea but everytime i log in it says, "Zone Alarm is starting up you are now protected". So i dont think it is always running
     
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    First you should not use the Welcome Screen. I would disable that to force users to CTRL + ALT + DEL to log on with a UN and Pass. Then, make sure your Admin account has a good password. Also, if you haven't, install SP1 with all the updates. If you want to go even further, make sure your using NTFS with the correct file / folder / user permissions.

    If your worried about an intrusion, get a real firewall, a hardware based one. A router that does NAT will due unless you want to spend $350+ for an actual firewall.
     
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    Do what James says and pick up a router, a Linksys is nice.

    Then what you do is disable services in start > run> services.msc
    Go to this page to help you determine which to turn off:
    http://www.blackviper.com/WinXP/service411.htm

    You might want to get a software firewall too, to block outgoing connections.

    Dont just buy your router and automatically think you are safe, go into the settings and actually configure it.
     
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    ok thanks for the help
     
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