Hey Im new to the forums. Just wanted to post something I was working on.
I was going through my XP home system and making some security changes. In the process I decided to create a dummy admin account. My changes created some interesting affects....
I changed the administrator name to guest and guest name to administrator.
But left the admin ( now guest ) in the Admin group. Also leaving the newly named Admin in the guest group.
This confuses XP badly. Would it stump an intruder....doubt it. Slow them down, possibly.
After setting the new passwords for both accounts. I began to look into setting privelege limitations on the guest account. I noticed in the User Accounts program, that once I selected the new Admin going back or home was not an option. I closed the program and restarted it. Only to find the original Admin was no longer a selection. The dummy was all there was.
I rebooted the box and the new Administrator was the only login selection. I entered password and on go, I got a message stating the account was locked out contact your Admin. So I punched in ctrl+alt+del ( x2 ) entered the real Admin login info and I was back at the desktop.
So I got to thinking if a Skiddy came poking around and took the time to crack the pass and attempt to log in they would be slightly irritated. As the account comes up enabled and on. But on pass entry it comes up locked. Also this method provides a level of physical security as well.
Any thoughts, suggestions, or similar to discuss?
Security Check List Reference: http://labmice.techtarget.com/articles/winxpsecuritychecklist.htm