2 quick questions

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seether
2 quick questions

I have 2 quick questions:
Im using IE6 and want to make sure the security settings are secure. It lists all kinds of stuff for activex controls, allowing script behavior etc. None of which I know what to set them to. Anyone have a quick screen print they could post as to the most secure level.

Second question is I have a friend visiting who Im letting use my personal computer for job searching. I've added the guest user in windows xp but want to make sure they cannot download software or view my settings etc. Anyone know who to do this?

   

   

hubby
Re: 2 quick questions

For #1, this is the best way to make sure IE is secure:

DONT USE IT!

Use Firefox instead, and you wont have to worry about all the standing on your head to make sure IE is secure..

seether
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How do I ensure the other person using my computer will use firefox and not IE? I'm trying to limit the amount of downloads and changing my settings. Do you know how to turn off internet calling? I think this person is making internet calls too?

ladyamalthea
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You can just delete the IE icon off your desktop, and they will prob go to the fastest source, the firefox icon :)

I dont know about internet calling tho.  

Stevie
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You'll need to also delete it fron your Quicklaunch bar (bottom left) and from Start>Programs, then go to C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer and right click on iexplore.exe and click Hidden.  To get it back when your life returns to normal, open My Computer, go to Tools>Folder Options>View, click the option to Show Hidden Files then go to the same folder again, rightclick on it and uncheck hidden.  Rightclick the icon Send To>Desktop(Create Shortcut).  You can drag it back to the Quicklaunch bar.

Stevie
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First part:  The easiest way to stiffen up Internet Explorer is to go to Tools>Internet Options>Security Tab and bump up the Security slider to High.  Click on the Custom button to see if it disabled the things you want disabled.  After your porn surfer ;).. er.. Guest leaves, you can pull the slider back down to Medium.

Second Part:  A Guest account has by default the same restrictions as a Limited account.  Since you have the Guest account turned on, go ahead and experiment to see what it will allow you to do.  Try downloading a program and installing it.  It will probably allow downloading but should not permit program installations.  Also try to change the security settings in IE I mentioned above while signed on as Guest.

If you are using a firewall that allows you to change protection levels (i.e ZoneAlarm), you might want to set it up to its highest setting.

And Internet calling?  Try disabling while using your admin level signon.  See if the Guest account can enable it after it's been disabled.

Sounds like you're in a pickle.  Any food or money missing?  haha!

seether
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How do I disable the internet calling thought? I don't even know how to activate internet calling...Im finding crap on my computer that I only said you could use to job seach not change my settings and download stuff. When I go in as the guest it has the same icons I do..my computer, set default etc. Do you know how to change the desktop for the guest so that is limited too?

Oh yeah Im in a real bind. I'm at a point now where Im just putting a password for me so they cant access the computer at all.

Stevie
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I don't have any experience with Internet calling so I don't know what software does it. 

Ya know... this is a lot of trouble for you.  I can sympathize - I hate it when someone is inconsiderate and messing with my stuff.  I say pull the powersupply plug from your motherboard until he's gone.  Tell him your PC went belly up.  He can go to the library and use theirs. :)

seether
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I'm really at that point. I don't want this person on my personal computer when Im not here...period. Maybe if they get their butt to the library they won't have such easy access and download everything.

Stevie
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Seriously... if you want to pull the plug, make sure your computer is shut down, unplugged from the wall before you open it.  Equalize any static by touching a metal part of the case's frame.  You will see a a large cluster of colored wires going to the big PCB board on the bottom terminating at a large rectangular white plug.  It may have a thumbcatch you have to press and it just unplugs/pulls out.  Tie it up out of the way, close your case and plug the wallcord it back in.  Computer won't start.

If your friend isn't much of a computer person, you could simply put a blank floppy in the floppy drive and if your PC's BIOS setting has the floppy drive enabled as the first boot device, anyone trying to turn it on will get a "non-system disk error" and it won't go beyond that.  Uh... unless they know what causes that particular error.

seether
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Oh now you are way over my head on that stuff. I prefer a simple approach...just put my password on it and they can't access anything. argh!

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