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Windows 2000 Pro: The Missing Manual by Sharon Crawford

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Setting Local Security Policy

In Windows 2000, the security policy is a collection of settings that governs how tightly secured your particular computer is.

To look over your own computer's security policy, choose StartSettingsControl Panel, then double-click the Administrative Tools folder. (It's available only if you have administrative privileges, as described in Section 17.3.) Double-click Local Security Policy. The broad categories of security settings you can change here appear on the left side of the window (Figure 17-2). As you click these folders, the right side of the window show these subgroups of policies:

  • Password Policy establishes the guidelines the users of this machine must follow when choosing a password, such as password length and how often they're required to change their passwords as a security precaution.

  • Account Lockout Policy configures Windows 2000 to lock out user accounts after a certain number of invalid logon attempts (an indication that somebody is trying to guess a password).

  • Audit Policy sets up Windows 2000 to record (audit) certain events, such as logon attempts and account management activities.

  • IP Security Policies on Local Machine configure Windows 2000 to use a special form of IP (Internet Protocol, the cornerstone of the TCP/IP protocol suite) that transmits data over the network in encrypted form.

  • User Rights Assignment determines what your various user groups are allowed to do in Windows 2000, such as whether or not they're allowed to ...

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